Supporting Your Child

Your support and interest in your children’s school is vital if they are to achieve their full potential.

HOMEWORK

As children move through the school the amount of homework increases. We expect children in Key Stage 1 to spend no more than one hour per week which will be mainly reading with a parent. In Year 3 and Year 4 homework will increase to 1.5 hours to 2 hours per week and in Year 5 and Year 6 up to 2 hours per week.

We give children in Key Stage 2 a homework log (diary) in which the homework is recorded. Parents, carers and teachers have the opportunity to make relevant comments in these books. A copy of the Homework Policy can be obtained from the school office There are a number of activities that you can do at home with your child that can prove invaluable:

  • Finding time to share books with your child. Regular practice and positive encouragement are most important. Three or four pages at a time are usually enough; always leave the children wanting more! As the children become more independent readers discuss the content of the material with them Encouraging your child to visit and join the local library.
  • Encouraging them to develop hobbies and interests. They can be a valuable means of applying lessons learnt in school.
  • Insisting on sensible bed times as a norm, especially during term times. Do not expect a tired child to learn; they will not.
  • Letting them learn from their own mistakes, it’s a very good way to learn. Enthusiastic encouragement is best with perhaps a gentle steer in the right direction on occasions.

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