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 should be given the opportunity to read widely and often. We expect children to continue reading at home. Every child should read a variety of books at home and we monitor this in school weekly. There is a certificate waiting in each class each week for the child that reads the most out of school. We would like to see children read at least 3 times per week. This should be with an adult (or, for older children, at least overseen by an adult) and should be signed off in the Reading Record that each child has been given.

 

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.