Homework at MDJS
We believe that homework is very important as not only does it help to raise standards, but it also helps to foster home-school links. In order to help our parents support their child at home with homework we regularly update our resources online.
In the ‘Pupil Zone’ of our school website there are various links designed to support children with their homework. These websites include games and activities which can help your child to practise key skills in a fun way. Pupils have accounts for Big Maths and TimesTables Rockstars to help improve their numeracy skills. The Bug Club scheme is to help further develop their reading ability.
We have also produced Parent Guides which outline expectations and give information about activities. These have previously been distributed to parents and can be found on our website.
During the week different types of homework will be set. These will include:
- Daily Reading including Bug Club
- Weekly Spellings
- Daily Timetables and Number Facts (TimesTables Rockstars)
- Weekly Talk-About tasks based on in school learning
- Weekly Topic-Linked Activity
- Holiday Reading Challenges (Optional)
On occasions other homework may be set; for example in Year 6, children may receive additional weekly Numeracy homework to support them with SATS revision. The amount of homework should not be overpowering and we aim to give pupils in Year 3 equivalent of about 15 minutes per day, rising to about 30 minutes in Year 6.
Every pupil has a Homework Diary in which important messages, including those about homework, are written. There is space for parents to comment or pass on any messages to teachers. We ask that every child has their diary signed at the end of each week. These will be checked in school on Wednesdays along with homework.
Weekly homework activities are given out on a Wednesday and due back the following Wednesday. Half-termly tasks are given out at the beginning of the half-term with hand-in dates listed at the top of the sheet. Any child who does not hand in their homework, for any reason other than absence, will be kept in for 10 minutes of their 15 minute breaktime. If your child has been absent it is their responsibility to collect missed homework from the teacher. All homework can be found on the school website under the Pupil Zone section.