We believe that all children need to receive support at home with their learning. Parental involvement encourages children to value school work, whilst providing extra help to practise basic skills ensures consolidation and continued progress. Children benefit when parents and teachers work in partnership with learning so that there are fewer mixed messages. The ultimate aim is for children to develop the ability and confidence to study independently.
Homework at St James & St. John will take the form of consolidation of basic skills already learnt. Homework will be set each Monday and reviewed the following Monday as a part of the learning taking place within lessons.
At St James & St. John, children in Years 1 to Year 6 are given a copy of a Reading Comprehension and Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar workbook. Tasks from these workbooks are set each week to reinforce the teaching and learning taking place within lessons. A password for the Mathletics subscription is also provided to each student to ensure practise of mathematical skills and concepts at home.
For more detailed information on homework please see the St. James & St. John Homework Policy.
A large part of all children’s homework, every evening, is made up of reading and, for most, this should be done with an adult. Fluent readers should read silently for at least 20-30 minutes each evening. At least twice a week, they should read aloud or discuss what they have read at home, sharing their understanding of the book with an adult.
Each child receives a reading record book. Parents are asked to write and/or sign in the child’s reading record book every time they hear their child read. They are encouraged to include any comments they wish to pass on to the class teacher. In KS2 the child may also write comments on their reading in this book. The teacher must look at the reading record at least once a week.
Children are taught to learn spellings connected to the school’s spelling program, which is provided as weekly spelling lists in half-term blocks. The words are connected to the teaching and learning of specific groups of spelling words through set tasks in the Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar workbook and targeted spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons in class-time.
Practise at home can be completed through the use of a variety of strategies such as:
This work will be completed in their Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar workbook as well as the school’s orange Homework Exercise Book.
All children will have access to the school’s Mathletics subscription. An individual username and password are provided to access set tasks to be completed online. The set tasks will be related to the content of the mathematics being studied at school. Set tasks will be differentiated to meet the needs of individual children.
Cross-curricular Home Learning Task
Each half term, there will be a list of potential home learning tasks provided. These will be related to the Cornerstones topic being studied in class. Every child will need to complete at least one high-quality task connected to the topic and return it to the school by the date identified by the class teacher. These tasks are designed to engage both the child and parent and to be completed over a longer period of time. They involve different skills and could include tasks such as: constructing a model; designing clothing; building a machine or robot; painting an artwork; writing diary entries; attending a performance and writing a review; visiting an art gallery and creating a poster.