Windmill Church Of England Primary School

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Homework

We have tried to simplify homework so that everyone knows what to expect. All children will be given three pieces of homework each Friday; spellings, Maths and English. This work should be completed in their homework book or on the sheets provided and then stuck in the homework book. All homework should be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Staff will always mark your child’s homework and the book will act as a record of what they have done.

It is often best to find a set routine for completing homework and a quiet space for your child to do so. Please encourage your child to complete their homework and remember you can always speak to your child’s class teacher if you’d like some help with it.

Homework provides a connection between home and school. As parents, you have the opportunity to become involved in your child's education by overseeing the activities and experiences that are occurring in the classroom. It offers insights into the difficulties and strengths experienced by your child and provides a specific basis for discussions with the teacher. It offers the chance to praise and support your child in a positive manner.

Homework is also a bridge that joins schools and parents. From the school’s perspective, there is the opportunity to monitor your child's independent progress. For you as parents there is the potential to gain a greater appreciation of education and to express positive attitudes towards your children’s achievement.

Some tips to help with homework:

Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows children that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, explaining a tricky problem or just encouraging children to have a go.

  1. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure children have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep stationary — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  2. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about a piece of homework can be helpful.)
  3. Make sure children do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. However, it is the child’s job to do the learning.
  4. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about homework, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  5. Set a good example. Do your children ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Children are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  6. Praise their work and efforts. Praise children when they have tried really hard and completed some work. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  7. Ask for help. We are more than happy to help with any homework dilemmas you might have or spend some time with you explaining how you can help your child with a particular piece of homework. Please come in and ask.

For further details please read our homework policy.