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homework.jpgWhy do we set homework?

Current research from the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) suggests:

1. Homework has a positive impact (on average +5 months).
2. Homework that is linked to classroom work tends to be more effective.
3. It is important to make the purpose of homework clear to pupils.

Our journey starts in EYFS.
In EYFS (both Nursery and Reception), parents are encouraged to read with their child
throughout the week.
In Nursery, we have a book loan scheme, where the children can choose a book with
their adult and take the book home for the week to enjoy. In Reception, the children
will be provided with books that are suitable for them to read, some starting with no
words to encourage story telling language and others with a few simple to read words.
We also provide the children with the opportunity to develop an awareness of fiction
and nonfiction. 

In Early Years, children will be provided with a weekly homework task, with a focus on
English and maths. These tasks will consolidate the learning that has taken place and
meet the individual needs of the children.

As the children develop their phonics knowledge within school, they will be provided
with a list of phonic sounds and tricky words. Regularly practising reading them,
looking out for the words in reading books and playing games with them, will benefit
and support the children in their development.

Moving into Key stage 1 we focus on phonics and reading practice. This continues to
be essential all the way through the child’s primary education. A child when ready, is
expected to learn weekly spellings and this then extends to writing tasks.

Maths tasks begin with simple number activities that eventually develop into formal
tasks. Interactive mathematics games are available online.
In addition to regular weekly activities, children may be given additional tasks that are
differentiated according to age and ability. These may include research work, reading
in preparation for lessons, preparation for an oral presentation and traditional written
assignments. Occasionally children may be asked to finish work at home, but this will
not form the core part of the homework.

Teachers will establish a regular pattern for homework that parents will be informed
about via class Dojo messages and the school website at the beginning of each
academic year.

Time Allocations for Homework at Oakfield Primary School follow national guidelines.
Parents/Guardians should read with their child, a minimum of five times per week
using the guidance below.

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