Godmanchester Bridge Academy believes there is an advantage in children spending regular periods of time, initially quite short, on different learning activities that support the work they do in class.
Homework refers to any work or activity which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents or carers.
Homework need not get in the way of other activities which children may do after school such as sport, music and clubs of various kinds. Planning a balance of activity and commitment at home is important.
The main focus of homework will be English and Maths. However, home learning tasks will be set linked to the thematic curriculum being studied that term. Homework for younger children will involve parents and carers in joint activities. Reading will be an important focus throughout the school, be it independent reading, sharing or listening.
Older children will be given homework, increasing in its demands. This will be differentiated where appropriate to take account of individual pupil’s needs and will include:
- Topic themed individual learning tasks
- Finding out information
- Reading in preparation for lessons
- Preparing oral presentations
- More traditional writing assignments.
If needed, opportunities for older children to complete homework will be given at break and lunch times.
The approximate amount of time we would expect children to complete homework is:
Foundation Stage Short daily activity with parent/carer.
Year 1 Daily reading + 30 minutes per week
Year 2 Daily reading + 1 hour per week
Year 3 and 4 Daily reading + 2 hours per week.
Year 5 and 6 Daily Reading + 2.5 hours per week.