The setting of regular homework is appropriate for the following reasons:

  • to develop a pattern of quiet study in the home environment.
  • to promote self-discipline and encourage pupils to participate in their own education.
  • to develop the habit of independent study and the use of the resources available.

Homework is not solely the teacher’s responsibility. Parents have a part to play and, of course, so do pupils. Specific pieces of homework may be appropriate for one or more of the following

  • to consolidate work taught in class by providing extra practice of important skills.
  • to extend class work e.g. in library skills or in researching for an environmental studies topic.
  • Some aspects of ‘measure’ can also be reinforced at home.
  • to make work up through absence.
  • to consolidate spelling from class work.
  • to extend class work in the reading programme and encourage pupils to read for pleasure and
  • information.

Parents should be actively involved in supervising homework, through taking an interest in it. A ‘family time’ for homework is important. Homework represents a partnership between home and school and parents who support the school’s homework policy help their children to appreciate the importance of this area of school work.

Most children will be set regular (perhaps daily) homework in reading, spelling and multiplication tables. In addition, the weekly homework set in the different year groups will be as follows :

  • Year 1: 30 minutes (read daily and play with sound only)
  • Year 2: 40 minutes
  • Year 3: 60 minutes
  • Year 4: 90 minutes
  • Year 5: 2 hours
  • Year 6: 2 ½ hours

A homework timetable is sent out at the beginning of the school year.