Homework

We would like to advise you of the requirements of our updated homework policy which will be implemented the week beginning Monday 9 January 2016.

At Tilbury Pioneer Academy, we believe that relevant, engaging, well-managed and frequent homework supports learners. It provides opportunities to:

  • Extend learning beyond the classroom and develop independence and self-discipline;
  • Strengthen and consolidate learning from the classroom;
  • Be more deeply creative, reflective and thoughtful in responses to ideas covered earlier in class;
  • Develop a dialogue between young people and their parents/carers about their learning;
  • Students to manage their time and meet deadlines;
  • Prepare for learning to come.

Each child will be issued with a purple homework book for homework to be completed in unless a separate workbook is provided, as will be the case for Year 2 and Year 4 maths homework. There will be a homework catch-up session each Friday lunchtime to support any children who have not been able to complete their homework.

Spelling

  • 2 sets of spellings will be given out each week: spellings as part of the Read, Write, Inc programme and common exception words
  • Spellings will be tested every Friday
  • New spellings will be given out each Friday
  • Children are required to complete the ‘look, cover, write, check’ proforma
  • Children are required to write a sentence appropriate to their age to include each spelling word which is due each Wednesday. They must make sure that basic skills such as handwriting, punctuation including capital letters and full stops are remembered. Children should use the checklist we use in school (see first page of homework book) to support them with this
  • Both spelling lists will be stuck in the purple homework book each week
  • Children should spend at least 10 minutes per day learning their spellings as part of homework

Children’s spelling test results from the Read, Write, Inc spelling programme and common exception words will be written in the inside cover of the first page each week so that parents can monitor this:

Test date:

Test date:

Test date:

Test date:

R.W.I score:

C.E.W score:

R.W.I score:

C.E.W score:

R.W.I score:

C.E.W score:

R.W.I score:

C.E.W score:

Reading:

  • Children who are learning to read through the Read, Write, Inc. programme will be issued with a new book appropriate to their stage each Thursday. This should be read for at-least 15 minutes from Thursday through to Sunday.
  • Children who are learning to read through the Read, Write, Inc. programme will also take home an Accelerated Reader book which they should read for at-least 15 minutes from Monday through to Wednesday. Each Wednesday in school, children will quiz on the book they have read.
  • Children who can read fluently and are therefore off the Read, Write, Inc. programme will read an age-related book of their choice linked to the My Book Blog programme (parent information and workshops to follow, but this link can be accessed to provide you with an overview) for at-least 30 minutes per day.
  • Regardless of what children are reading, there is a whole school expectation for them to return their signed purple reading record to school each day. Any child who does not do this will be supported to catch-up their reading during break time.
  • All children will be issued with a reading comprehension which will be stuck in their reading homework book each Friday. This needs to be returned to school each Wednesday.
  • Each Friday, children will have a set of common exception words glued in to their homework book which they must be able to read by sight by the following Wednesday to keep up with age-related expectations.

Maths:

  • Maths homework in the format of the example at the back of this book will be glued in purple homework books and sent home each Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. This should take children approximately 30 minutes across the week.
  • In addition to this, as part of a pilot, children in year 2 and year 4 will also need to complete 2 pages from the Schofield and Sims maths book. This homework will be given out each Friday and is due back on Wednesday. This should take children approximately 30 minutes across the week.
  • Children should spend 10 minutes per day learning their number bonds and/or times tables relevant to the year group expectations.
  • Every other Thursday, children will be tested on their number bonds or times tables related to age-related expectations. Children’s test results will be written in the inside back cover so that parents can monitor this:

Test date:

Test date:

Test date:

Number bonds/Times tables:

Number bonds/Times tables:

Number bonds/Times tables:

Score:

Score:

Score:


Topic Homework

  • At the end of each half term, vocabulary pyramids will be stuck in purple homework books. Children will be expected to write a definition and/or picture to demonstrate they are beginning to understand the vocabulary necessary to access the up and coming topic. This needs to be returned to school by the first Wednesday of each half term.
  • At the beginning of each half term, children will be set topic homework which will be an extended topic based task to be completed throughout the half term, which will take approximately 6 hours. This needs to be returned to school in the last Wednesday of each half term.

Holidays from school

  • Pupils are expected to practise the key skills of reading, spelling, writing and maths during holidays to ensure learning does not regress during this time.
  • For breaks from school that are longer than a week (eg: Easter), pupils will be set an additional project based activity to complete.