Friday 1st September 2023
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to inform you about some changes we will be making to our homework policy with the aim of streamlining it and focusing on key skills.
After careful consideration, we have decided to refocus homework on three key areas: Reading, Phonics/Spelling, and Mental Maths. These areas have been identified as crucial for your child’s educational development. One other significant change is that we will no longer be assigning homework detentions.
Starting from next week, every Friday your child will receive a Mental Maths activity, a Reading target, and a list of spellings to learn. We understand that each child has their own unique learning style, so we encourage you to approach these activities in a way that suits your child best. As a result, we will no longer be assigning homework on Times Tables Rockstars or Spelling Shed so as to give more flexibility in how homework is completed.
For children in Phonics, we will provide virtual lessons on Class Dojo to help them practice their sounds effectively. This way, they can reinforce their learning at home in an interactive and engaging manner.
In order to reduce the administrative burden and create a more efficient system, we will no longer require physical evidence of completed homework to be returned to school. Instead, we will monitor your child’s progress in school through weekly Spelling and Mental Maths assessments. The scores will be noted in their Reading Record so that you can easily track your child’s performance.
To ensure that Reading remains a priority, we will closely monitor it during guided Reading lessons and conduct termly Reading tests. This will allow us to assess your child’s progress in this fundamental skill and provide any necessary support or intervention.
For children on our SEN Register, we may adapt homework to focus on their individual termly targets. We believe that personalised homework will be more effective in meeting their specific needs. The decision regarding adaptations will be made in collaboration with the class teacher, your child, and yourselves.
While we have decided to discontinue homework detentions, we strongly encourage you to support your child in focusing on the key areas we have outlined. Your involvement and guidance in their homework will greatly benefit their educational journey.
We believe that by streamlining homework and focusing on these key skills, it will become more manageable for children, allowing them to make meaningful progress in their learning.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to support you and your child.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Mrs Helen White