At Gateway we take the view that children deserve a childhood and that time outside of school should be spent with their families rather than completing additional school work. It is important that the boundaries between school and home life are clear.
Where homework is set, it follows the school ethos of encouraging each child’s initiative and independence. Homework should therefore be completed by the child alone. If a child is unable to complete their work independently, parents should flag this with the teacher rather than trying to help their child. There are several reasons for this:
- Doing homework helps children develop independence and gives them total ownership over their own work
- Methods or teaching have changed and parents may use methods of explanation which conflict with current techniques
- Helping with homework can cause confusion, stress and frustration for both adult and child
- The teacher gains an inaccurate picture of a child’s capability.
Homework Schedules by Year Group
Typical Areas Covered
Pre-reading and word identification
Word identification. Reading, usually a fragment of a book
Handwriting practice. Reading, to be followed by discussion in class
Reading then discussing contents with parents. Oral maths – tables, number bonds, telling the time
Reading and maths tables. Written homework. Occasional research tasks
Two homework subjects every night relating to areas covered in lessons. One reading-related homework every week