Homework

Research on homework for primary school-aged children suggests that short, focused tasks that link to what is being learnt are the most effective. Wider research on learning has overwhelming evidence that retrieval practice is an extremely effective method of remembering. Our homework is based on these principles as if we are asking you and your child to give up valuable time, we want it to make the greatest possible difference to your child’s learning.

Retrieval practice = Trying to remember something that might otherwise be forgotten.

This also includes retrieving information quicker and quicker until it becomes an instantly recallable fact or fluent. Then continuing to practice until it can't be forgotten. The highest priority for every child is reading, whether that be developing their phonics, fluency or nurturing a love of reading.

Children in Reception, Year 1, 2 & 3 should have their reading record signed by an adult each day they read their colour coded book at home. Children in Year 4, 5 & 6 should have their homework diary signed once a week to communicate they have engaged with at least the essential activities during the week. Digital homework is regularly monitored in school. Any paper homework is given out each Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday.

Below are homework expectations for each age. Your class teacher may personalise the essentials for your child to meet their individual needs.

Reception

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Read Write Inc reading books
10 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
Set 1 Speedy Sounds flashcards
5 mins
5 x a week
Physical cards
3 - Essential
Numbots
10 mins
5 x a week
App or Digital Wings

Year 1

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Read Write Inc reading books
15 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
Numbots
10 mins
5 x a week
App or Digital Wings
3 - Essential
Doodle Maths
2 question sets
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
4 - Optional
Bond Bonanza
10 mins
3 x a week
Apple app or Digital Wings
5 - Optional
Spelling
15 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
6 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Year 2

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Read Write Inc / Home reading books
15 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
Spelling
10 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
3 - Essential
TT Rockstars
10 mins
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
4 - Optional
Doodle Maths
2 question sets
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
5 - Optional
Numbots
10 mins
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
6 - Optional
Read Theory
1 text & question set
3 x a week
Digital Wings
7 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Year 3

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Home reading books (to an adult)
20 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
TT Rockstars
10 mins
5 x a week
App or Digital Wings
3 - Essential
Spelling
10 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
4 - Optional
Maths Flex
2 videos & question sets
3 x a week
Digital Wings
5 - Optional
Read Theory
2 text & question sets
3 x a week
Digital Wings
6 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Year 4

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Home reading books
(mix to an adult & independent)
20 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
TT Rockstars
10 mins
5 x a week
App or Digital Wings
3 - Essential
Spelling
10 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
4 - Optional
Maths Flex
2 videos & question sets
3 x a week
Digital Wings
5 - Optional
Read Theory
2 text & question sets
3 x a week
Digital Wings
6 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Year 5

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Home reading books
(mix to an adult & independent)
20 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
Maths Flex
2 videos & question sets
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
3 - Essential
Spelling
10 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
4 - Essential
TT Rockstars
10 mins
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
5 - Optional
Read Theory
2 text & question sets
3 x a week
Digital Wings
6 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Year 6

Priority
Focus
Length
Frequency
Platform
1 - Essential
Home reading books
(mix to an adult & independent)
20 mins
5 x a week
Physical books
2 - Essential
Maths Flex
2 videos & question sets
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
3 - Essential
Spelling
10 mins
3 x a week
Showbie iLearn or paper based
4 - Essential
Read Theory
2 text & question sets
3 x a week
App or Digital Wings
5 - Essential
High School preparation
-
As necessary
Paper based
6 - Optional
TT Rockstars
15 mins
3 x a week
Digital Wings
7 - Optional
Sora ebook & audiobook library
As desired
As desired
App or Digital Wings

Reception, Year 1, 2, & 3
Reading Record Example

Year 4, 5 & 6
Homework Diary Example