What is homework?
At Coppice we define the term ‘homework’ widely, to mean any work or activities, which pupils are asked or volunteer to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents or carers. Children perform at their best when home and school work together to support their learning. Homework is an opportunity for parents to become active partners in supporting learning. Homework is set on Friday and due back on a Wednesday.
- A consistent approach to setting, and marking homework throughout the school .
- Progression as pupils mature and become independent learners
- Opportunities for extended reading at all ages
- Reinforcement and consolidation of learning at all stages of development
- Partnership for parents, carers and pupils in the learning process
- Extra support for children with particular needs.
A partnership with parents
- At Coppice parents and carers are asked
- To make it clear to pupils how much they value homework and support the school in explaining how it can help their learning
- To praise and encourage pupils when they take pride in their homework
- If possible to provide a peaceful and comfortable place, free from distractions such as television, where pupils can concentrate on their homework.
- To encourage pupils of all ages to read as much and as widely as possible
- To ensure Reading Records are filled in as appropriate.
A guideline of what homework the school will set
The time set for homework is less important than the quality of the tasks set and the way in which they relate clearly to supporting learning in the classroom.
All children should read every day for at least 15 minutes. In Reception and Year 1, children will bring home a book of their choice and a book at their reading level. Please listen to your child read and read their chosen book to them. Each day complete your child’s reading record. Books will be changed at least twice a week in Reception and Year 1 and once a week in Year 2. In Years 3 to 6, children will change their books as and when they finish them from the class library. In Years 2 to 6 children participate in our Accelerated Reader programme. Every time they complete a book, they take a quiz on a class kindle to demonstrate their understanding. Teachers will acknowledge your child’s reading record with a signature or sticker each morning and reward them with a sticker for their sticker chart. Each completed card is exchanged for a raffle ticket and entered into a draw at the end of the academic year to win a prize.
For Accelerated Reader click HERE
Children in EYFS and KS1 are taught spelling strategies through our phonics programme, Read, Write Inc. In KS2, children learn spellings through a variety of spelling games and patterns. Each week children will receive a list of spellings to learn and practise at home. Please support your child in learning their spellings. They will have a short spelling test each week. KS1 have their spellings test on a Monday morning and are then given their next set of spellings to practice. KS2 have their test on a Friday. The spellings are published each week on the school website and are accessed under the ‘CLASSES’ section.
Teachers will set children at least two activities on Mangahigh and no more than three if they deem it necessary to help children with their learning. Mangahigh homework is set on Friday and due to be completed by Wednesday. The top three classes for participation in each key stage will win a point for their class. At the end of each term, the class with the most points in each key stage will receive supervised, free time in the computer room on any age appropriate activity.
All children have their own individual logins which are given to them by their class teacher.
You can visit Mangahigh by following the link HERE
Exploring and developing learning:
Children will all be provided with a homework grid displaying 9 homework tasks. This grid is changed every half term. It is expected that children will complete 6 of these tasks. There will be 6 tasks requiring varying levels of thinking and time to be spent. We would expect children to produce at least one of the deep learning ‘diving row’ tasks.
There is a homework club once a week in the computer suite for children to complete homework that they have been unable to access at home. This club is not mandatory but attendance for all children who have not completed their homework is encouraged.
It is important that every child sees that home and school are working together in partnership to provide help, support and encouragement. Homework can help to promote a positive attitude to learning at home and provides a vital link between home and school.
As children get older homework provides an opportunity for children to develop the skills of independent learning, and this should increasingly become its main purpose. It is important that children should gradually get into the habit of regularly devoting periods of time to this task
Class teachers and support staff will mark the children’s spelling tests each week and keep a record of their scores. Reading records will be checked once a week and homework tasks will be marked with a simple acknowledgement.
NOTE: Children, parents/carers please be aware that reading books and other resources that are funded by the school will only be sent home if a book bag is provided to carry the resources in. Book bags should be brought to school each day. Book bags are available from the office to purchase at a cost of £4.