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Homework Policy

Safa British School Homework Policy

This page outlines the Safa British School Homework Policy.

RATIONALE

Research from the Education Endowment Foundation has indicated that compulsory, written homework in the primary school has little positive impact on children’s achievement. However, at Safa British School we do believe that when children are fully supported at home, their chances of success increase significantly. We believe that children of primary school age should engage in a broad range of activities with parents that cover all aspects of child development – physical, emotional, academic, moral and cultural. We believe that homework does not always have to be sitting down or writing; it can be active, fun and engaging (for parents and children)!

PARENTAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY

Parents do have an important role to play in the educational development of their children. This development is a shared responsibility between home and school. To support children’s academic achievements we ask parents to:

  • Be aware of children’s personal targets in their communication journal and support children in achieving these
  • Contribute to children’s personal targets by adding a ‘home target’
  • Read with their child every evening or as much as possible (model by reading yourself and/or listening to your child)
  • Complete set MyMaths homework
  • Support their child in learning set spelling words (through a range of active and written activities)
  • Complete any Arabic/Islamic homework where applicable
  • Attend the school’s ‘Celebration of Work’ afternoons to celebrate successes
  • Attend scheduled parent’s evenings to discuss children’s progress
  • Attend parental engagement sessions which allow you to work alongside your child and their teacher

HOME PRACTICE

The introduction of ‘Home Practice’ creates a flexible homework routine that can be adapted by you to suit your child and your weekly routine. Over the course of the school week there will be compulsory spelling words, MyMaths and Reading. Once these short tasks are completed, we encourage you to work on your child’s personal targets, as well as spending as much time as you can on activities such as:

  • Visiting museums, parks
  • Taking part in team sports
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Riding their bike
  • Reciting a poem
  • Researching something they are interested in
  • Read for pleasure
  • Writing a shopping list together and buying groceries
  • Baking a cake
  • Making cards/writing thank you letters
  • Talking, Talking, Talking
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Board Games
  • Get messy – play in the mud, sand or water
  • Help with making dinner
  • Grow a garden
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Play dress-up
  • Take pictures
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Listen to and appreciate music
  • Random acts of kindness

HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT MY CHILD IS DOING IN SCHOOL?

The introduction of the weekly class newsletter outlines the areas and objectives being covered each week in English, Maths, Science and PlanIt. Weekly newsletters for French, Arabic and Islamic will also give an overview of what is happening in these subjects.

Be specific when asking you child what they have done in school. Seven hours is a long time and the easiest thing to say is ‘nothing!’

Instead of…

Try…

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you do in school today?

I know you are writing biographies this week, have you looked at any famous people’s biographies to help you?
You are learning about the ‘bus stop method’ of dividing in Maths this week, can you show me how to do it?
Who did you play with at playtime today?
What was your favourite thing at school today?
Who is the Star of the Week in your class this week? Why do you think they deserved it?
Was there anything you did at school today that you think you need more help with?
Tell me something you did today that you are proud of…
What made you smile today?
Tell me something that made you feel happy/sad/worried/excited today…
Who did you help today?

HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND DOING HOMEWORK?

Phonics and Talking Activities

FS1 and FS2

Maximum of 10 minutes each night

Year 1 and 2

Maximum of 10 minutes each night

Written Homework Activities

Year 1 and Year 2

Maximum of 10 minutes each night

Year 3 and Year 4

Maximum of 20 minutes each night

Year 5 and Year 6

Maximum of 30 minutes each night

LADDERS AT HOME

‘Ladders at Home’ is a home learning tool which allows you to access the objectives that your child is currently working on in class. Each objective is linked to a wealth of information about how you can best support your child with this objective at home.

Parent Expectations

  • Access ‘Ladders at Home’ at least once per week to stay informed about current learning objectives
  • Use ‘Ladders at Home’ as an optional tool, in addition to set homework, to support specific learning objectives
  • Support your child with their ‘in progress’ objectives, as well as revising the ‘completed’ ones

Teacher Expectations

  • Update Learning Ladders regularly. This may be weekly for each subject, or less frequently, depending on the length of time an objective or topic takes to cover.