Welcome to Greenleys Junior School
Welcome to Greenleys Junior School

Homework

A Guide

Greenleys Junior School  – Homework Protocols.
At Greenleys Junior School we feel that homework is an essential part of learning. It is used as a tool by the teachers to assess how a child is achieving within a particular topic and it helps encourage independent learning, a vital skill in adult life.

Year 3

At the start of each half term, a child in Year 3 will bring home a ‘learning log menu’. On this menu will be a selection of 8-10 homework activities.

Each week Year 3 children will:

  • Complete one of the tasks from the menu. Which activity they complete is entirely their choice.
  • Learn their weekly spellings for a test
  • Practise the designated maths element as stated on the learning log
  • Read a minimum of 3 times to an adult

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 30 minutes to complete.

Year 4

At the start of each half term, a child in Year 4 will bring home a ‘learning log menu’. On this menu will be a selection of 8-10 homework activities.

Each week Year 4 children will:

  • Complete one of the tasks from the menu. Which activity they complete is entirely their choice.
  • Learn their weekly spellings for a test
  • Practise the designated maths element as stated on the learning log
  • Read a minimum of 3 times to an adult

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 40 minutes to complete.

Year 5

At the start of each half term, a child in Year 5 will bring home a ‘learning log menu’. On this menu will be a selection of 8-10 homework activities.

Each week Year 5 children will:

  • Complete one of the tasks from the menu. Which activity they choose is entirely their choice.
  • Learn their weekly spellings for a test
  • Practise the designated maths element as stated on the learning log
  • Read a minimum of 3 times to an adult

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 50 minutes to complete.

Year 6

Each week a child in Year 6 will bring home:

  • Complete one of the tasks from the menu. Which activity they choose is entirely their choice.
  • Learn their weekly spellings for a test
  • Practise the designated maths elements as stated on the learning log
  • Additional SATs-based homework as required

The expectation is that each piece of homework should take a maximum of 60 minutes to complete.

Reading at Home

Every child is given the opportunity to read widely and often. We expect children to continue reading at home utilising their main, age appropriate reading book (a school book allocated by their ZPD reading age). Children also have access to a range of non-fiction texts and an extensive online library (myON). Every child should read a variety of books at home and we monitor this closely in school. Children access online tests following completion of a book to continually assess their reading skills. There is also a certificate system to celebrate reading success. We would like children to read at least 3 times per week away from the school building.

 

Helping your child (information for parents)

Here are some suggestions of how you can support your child at home with their homework:

  • Ensure they have a calm and quiet place to work
  • Schedule a regular time for reading – perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed
  • Plan a homework timetable and agree when your child will do their homework
  • Discuss homework tasks with your child
  • Turn off the TV – but you could have music on if they find it helpful!
  • Don’t give your child the answer in order to get the task finished. Instead, explain what they could do to get the correct answer
  • Try not to teach your child methods you used at school – it could confuse them – ask the school for the current methods primary children are using
  • If in doubt, contact your child’s teacher and ask for support, we are only too happy to help.