Primary School Homework Policy 2011 Dodge

Homework Policy


Through this policy we aim to:

  1. Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
  2. Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility.
  3. Ensure the needs of the individual pupil are taken into account.
  4. Ensure parents/guardians have a clear understanding about expectations from themselves and the pupil.
  5. Improve the quality of learning experience offered to pupils.
  6. Extend and support the learning experience via reinforcement and revision.
  7. Provide opportunities for parents, pupils and school to work in partnership.
  8. Provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together to enjoy learning experiences.

Homework is most effective when:

  1. There is consistent practice across the school.
  2. There is a regular programme so that everyone – teachers, children and parents or carers – knows what to expect each week.
  3. Pupils and parents or carers are very clear about what they need to do.
  4. Parents and carers are treated as partners in their children’s learning.
  5. There are high expectations of pupils in completing homework.

The type and amount of homework which is appropriate for pupils of different ages:

The main focus of our homework is English (reading, spellings/grammar) and Maths (Rapid Recall).

Regular reading is vital.  For children in Key Stage 1 homework should very largely consist of regular reading with parents and carers, looking at books together. 

As children get older homework provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning. It is important that children should gradually get into the habit of regularly devoting periods of time, which may not be long, to study on their own.

  1. Finding out information
  2. Reading in preparation for lessons
  3. Preparing oral presentations
  4. More traditional written assignments.

By the time children reach Year 6 their homework may cover a wide range of tasks and curriculum content.  This approach will benefit their learning and also ensure that, in relation to homework as much as to other aspects, their transition to Year 7/secondary school is as smooth as possible.

Recommendation time allocation for homework

Years 1 and 2              1 hour/week                Reading, spellings and Rapid Recall.

Years 3 and 4              1.5 hours/week           As above plus additional English tasks.

Years 5 and 6              30 minutes/day           As above plus additional  

                                                                          English/Maths/ curriculum   


The role of parents and carers in supporting children

In general terms parents and carers should:-

  1. Provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which pupils can do their homework – along or, more often for younger children, together with an adult.
  2. Make it clear to pupils that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning.
  3. Encourage pupils and praise them when they have completed homework.
  4. Advice on the curriculum content of homework will be available on the school web site

Feedback for pupils, parents or carers and teachers

Teachers will acknowledge homework received and use the outcomes of any homework set to inform future planning for pupils needs.

Special Educational Needs

Setting the right type and amount of homework for children with special educational needs is not always easy.  Some children in mainstream schools may benefit from special tasks separate from the homework set for other children in the class.  On the other hand, it is important that they should do as much in common with other children as possible.   We will aim to set appropriate homework, which does not demand too much or too little of SEN pupils. Tasks should:

  1. Have a very clear focus and time-guideline
  2. Give plenty of opportunities for pupils to succeed
  3. Help develop social as well as other skills where necessary
  4. Be varied – and not purely written assignments
  5. Be manageable for teachers.


The Homework Policy is designed to:

  • Ensure consistency of approach throughout the school.
  • Ensure progression towards independence and individual responsibility.
  • Ensure parents have a clear understanding about expectations for themselves and the learners.
  • To provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work in partnership and enjoy learning experiences.

Purpose & Philosophy

Homework is an integral part of the learning process and includes opportunities for learners to reinforce, synthesize, extend classroom learning and assists in developing time management skills.

Homework should be meaningful and engaging and should support the curriculum, helping learners to develop responsibility and good work habits.

Homework is a natural extension of the school day and an important part of the learner’s educational experience.

Homework should be designed to be completed independently.

The three homework types generally are:

  • Practice:  – This homework reinforces newly acquired skills taught in the class.
  • Preparation: – This homework helps the learners prepare for upcoming lessons, activities or tests.
  • Extension: – This homework provides challenging, often longer term opportunities for enrichment and extension that parallels class work.

Time Allocations

It is recommended that learners will spend the following times on average on homework activities:

Grade 130 minutesSplit into two sessions of 15 minutes each. Reading – Phonics, Numeracy – Counting, Playing with Numbers, etc.Life skills
Grade 230 – 45 minutesSplit into two sessions of 15 minutes each.Reading – Phonics, Numeracy – Counting, Playing with Numbers, etc.Life Skills
Grade 330 – 45 minutesLiteracy – Reading, Phonics, Spelling, Numeracy, Life Skills – Research
Grade 445 minutesEnglish, Afrikaans  – Reading, Comprehension, Spelling, Mathematics, other learning areas as required.Research activities


Grade 560 minutesMathematics, English, Afrikaans – Reading, Comprehension, Spelling, other learning areas as required.Research activities
Grade 675 minutesMathematics, English, Afrikaans – Reading, Grammar, Comprehension, AfrikaansAll learning areas as required.

Research activities

Grade 790 minutesMathematics – practice, drill exercises, English, Afrikaans – Reading, Comprehension, SpellingAll learning areas as required.

Research activities

Homework will be concentrated on Monday to Thursday. The weekend should be left free or for the completion of larger projects and research.


Will not give homework as punishment.

Will provide a range of homework activities and tasks to consolidate and extend learning in class.

Will ensure that learners clearly understand the task and have a common understanding of the high expectations held of them individually, according to their ability.

Will communicate with parents and keep them informed of their child’s progress, projects and topics to be studied.

Will vary homework assignments: short term and long term, practice of new skills, written or oral reports, preparation for upcoming lessons, enrichment exercises, etc.

Will make sure that learners have access to any materials needed to complete an assignment.

Will give prompt feedback on checking homework, correcting errors and reviewing important concepts.

Guidelines for learners and parents


Must write down all the day’s homework in their homework diaries.

Must organise and take home all materials necessary to complete the homework tasks.

Must set aside a regular time to study each evening.

Must have a quiet well lit place to study.

Must complete all assignments on your own and to the best of your ability.

Must complete and hand in assignments on their due date.

Must talk to your teacher when you do not understand the work or any other circumstances that you may face.


Should put in place a good routine for homework and study. This should not be interrupted by family plans, television, etc.

Should help your child organize themselves so that they can be effective in their study time.

Should be supportive when your child becomes discouraged or frustrated, particularly with difficult assignments.

Should be actively involved in the homework of younger children.

Should sign and date your child’s homework when completed and of an acceptable standard.

Should provide educational opportunities that broaden your child’s interests, such as visits to the museum, the zoo and places of historical significance.

Feedback for learners, parents & teachers

Feedback must be given as quickly as possible. Teachers are interested in knowing how the homework activities were performed. Was it too easy, too difficult, interesting, etc. The homework diary is the ideal communication from home to school and visa versa. As with all school activities, parents are invited to discuss any queries with their child’s teacher.

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