Homework at The Mount
At The Mount JIN, we value homework as an opportunity for pupils to reinforce their basic skills and to spend time with their parents/carers speaking, listening and learning together in the wider world outside school.
Research shows that huge amounts of homework do not have a greater impact on progress, but that regular reinforcement of the basics works. We also appreciate that busy lives and other priorities can take over, and that our pupils already work very hard all day in school! As a result, we request that parents/carers ensure that their children regularly complete a minimum but manageable level of homework, supplemented by optional extras when the family has the time to take part in these. We expect the minimum weekly input to always include the first 5 essentials.
Five Essential Weekly Homework Activities
- Spend as much time with your child as you can, experiencing as many new things as possible together, and talking about them. Spending time with, talking with and listening to your child is the most valuable activity you can undertake.
- Read and discuss books with your child at least 4 times per week, and if possible for 15 minutes daily. This does not need to always be their school reading book. Record this in their reading record. If your child is in a phonics group, they will also bring home a reading book in line with their phonics level every week. Reading this together more than once will help your child embed their decoding skills.
- Help your child learn the spellings given out on word lists for their weekly tests. This involves learning spelling patterns and the words themselves, but also the meaning and uses of these words.
- Support your child to learn their multiplication tables and to tell the time. Every pupil from Year 2 upwards has a Times Tables Rockstars online log-in and is sent home with a Multiplication Workbook annually to support their practice.
- Spend at least 3 sessions a week practising Maths Key Instant Recall Facts. These are sent home half termly on paper, and can also be found on our website. Little and often is the key here; use the ‘Top Tips’ for ideas.
Four Optional Extras
- Use Education City online Maths activities at home. This work is marked automatically, so you and your child can see how well they’ve done and what you could work more on at home together.
- Use Bug Club online reading at home. Teachers set books on this scheme at least half-termly, and pupils can ask their teacher for more if they wish, although there is of course a finite number of books on each level!
- Complete topic related tasks such as research projects. These are set by teachers as and when required, and increase in frequency the further your child moves up the school.
- Complete the Activity Passport for your child’s year. We send this out on paper annually: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/my-activity-passport
Please contact your child’s class teacher if you don’t have access to the Internet at home. Pupils without home access are given the opportunity in school to access Bug Club, Rock Stars and Education City.
At The Mount, we hope that our common-sense policy benefits children and families alike, and that the flexibility given means that families can choose their priorities, ensuring that the academic basics are in place and that the time they spend together is rich, enjoyable and productive.