ParentsInformation for parents and carers
At Larkspur Primary Academy, we believe that homework should develop children into independent learners, allowing children to practise and consolidate the skills learnt during school. It will act as a vehicle for generating interest in learning topics. Home learning tasks can encourage and promote parental involvement in school learning and can develop independent study and research skills.
We recognise that homework is not statutory but that it is crucial to supporting the learning happening at school. If a child regularly fails to complete homework, then the class teacher should discuss, first with the child and then with the parent, the problems they might be experiencing and look for possible solutions.
Parents will be invited to meet the class teacher during the first week of the Autumn Term for a short information session and will also have termly parent meetings (including structured conversations as set out in the SEND Policy)
Parents will be kept clearly informed of the homework being set and should be given appropriate information to enable them to help via the weekly homework letter. (This will be uploaded by Class teachers to our website)
Content and Progression
Homework is about practising and developing knowledge of the basic skills through fun and engaging activities appropriate to their age and ability.
Talk Homework Y1-Y6
Talk homework will go home weekly for parents/carers/family to discuss the children’s ideas for their Big Write on Thursdays. This supports our children’s writing as well as developing speaking and listening skills.
Spelling and Number Facts
Children will be taught strategies which they can use to learn spellings, number bonds, number facts or times tables effectively and these are examples of what they can practise at home.
Every child will be encouraged to read at home daily and to bring their completed reading records into school every day which will be looked at by their class teacher.
Reception/KS1 will receive a banded book once or twice weekly plus a library book chosen by the child when appropriate.
KS2 less confident readers will receive a banded book plus a library book chosen by the child when appropriate.
KS2 confident readers will choose a class and or library book (teachers can recommend books to encourage a balanced diet)
Project based learning
Children will be given the opportunity to take part in a project each half term in order to develop an understanding of forthcoming topics or to develop a further understanding of a given concept.
In line with our feedback policy reflection is seen as an opportunity to develop pupils into critical learners whereby they begin to recognise areas of development for themselves recognising where/how to take their learning on to the next level. The half termly project learning will be discussed in a conference with the pupils and their teacher.
Children who may find completing tasks at home difficult, for any reason, may be offered a place at homework club. The class teacher must ensure that at least one member of homework club is clear about the expected homework outcomes. Homework club is offered to designated year groups throughout the year.
The governors and staff at Larkspur Primary Academy are committed to working with all members of our school community to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunities to develop and succeed and that no member of this school will suffer or be disadvantaged by direct or indirect discrimination.