At Lindale we use homework for a variety of different purposes. We recognise that many of our children also take part in extra- curricular activities both through school and outside. We aim to make any homework set purposeful and to support work covered in class. It also allows parents to see what their child understands and to work together on projects.
Since reading is central to everything that we do in school, the most important homework is regular reading; initially to an adult and then as your child becomes a more confident reader, to themselves. Parents can support by making reading a regular part of your child’s routine. Alongside hearing your child read and talking about the book, we would also encourage you to regularly read to your child. We are developing a library of ‘Core books’; recommended literature for each year group that you are welcome to borrow.
Other homework may include Maths facts to learn or a method to practice, problems to solve and Topic or Science research.
We aim to give homework out on a Tuesday. It should be returned to school on a Monday. We do see it as important that it is completed to the best of each child’s ability, especially for the older children as this is good preparation for secondary school.
Each term the teachers also set a ‘home learning’ project based on the topic being studied. This gives the children a wide choice of activities to suit different interests and learning styles. The children have several weeks to complete the project. Last year we had some amazing pieces of work produced.
We do try to be flexible over homework and responsive to all the other demands on time. We do not generally set homework in the last week of each term.