Homework is an important part of our children’s education.
Research tells us that children who complete regular homework are usually more successful in their school life as it supports the development of lifelong learning skills and it promotes engagement in the curriculum. Parents can have a positive effect on homework completion and help children to develop effective learning habits.
Activities such as Brownies, Cubs, Sports, Dance & Drama all develop important skills and they promote positive mental and physical health. This is why we encourage our children to take part in after school clubs during weekends and evenings as well as the clubs offered by Willow Primary School.
We believe that our children should be allowed the freedom to engage in lots of activities out of school as these activities support their learning in school so the amount of homework we expect allows for family and social time.
We encourage our children to collect stamps for the Children's University.
All children are expected to Read at least 5 times per week.
They can read anything, such as their school book (banded to the appropriate level), a book from home or the local library or using Bug Club on the Active Learn website.
Children should complete one Reading Challenge from their planner per week.
Homework in Maths
We provide children with opportunities to practise Maths through repetition, mainly using online programmes that are easy and encouraging for children to use.
Teachers set appropriate homework tasks on Mathletics and will regularly check that children have completed work and how successful they have been.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice that is set by our Teachers for children from Year 2 to Year 6. We know that repetition of times tables helps with recall and confidence.
Children are encouraged to complete Mathletics and Timetables Rockstars each week through class recognition, certificates and competitions in school.
Homework for Topic
Our children love to show how engaged they are in their topic work so we encourage them to complete ONE project linked to their current topic. Teachers suggest projects that develop research skills and support creativity.
Projects are displayed in the classroom or around the school building.
Teachers may also set additional homework for some children when extra practise is required or in preparation for assessments.