Christ Church C.E.
Primary School

Denshaw, Saddleworth


We believe that children learn best when parents, the school and children work together in partnership

Our aims


  • Are consistent in our approach when we give homework, with its content and how it should be completed.
  • Support children’s learning, by reinforcing skills learnt in class and by encouraging independent research skills.
  • Encourage children to develop personal organisation skills.
  • Take account of the needs of the individual child.
  • Ensure parents and carers understand what is expected of them.
  • Make homework manageable, meaningful and enjoyable for parents, teachers and children.


Ways in which parents can support children’s learning at home:

  • Try and hear them read every day (as little as 5 minutes will do!)
  • Give them help and encouragement. Try and get involved and above all talk to them about their learning and listen to what they tell you.
  • Using the information sent home in the curriculum overview sheet every half term, try and take them to museums and libraries.
  • If you have access to the Internet, there are many websites that can help your child explore the subjects they are learning at school. There will be many useful links on our school website.
  • During school holidays, continue to hear them read and revise their times tables


The details:

The following information is consistent across the whole school from Year 1 upwards.

  • ·       Daily reading at home
  • ·       Spellings or phonics- given out on a Friday for Monday
  • A piece of maths work which may include learning x tables, mental strategies or be practical (including games)- given out on a Friday for Thursday
  • In Key stage 2- A piece of other work (for example History, Geography or Science) which may be practical, involve direct parental support and will not necessarily result in there being anything recorded in the homework book- given out on a Friday for Thursday
  • In Key Stage 1- writing a weekend  diary
  • Should take a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 1 hour each week
  • It will either reinforce what the children have been learning in class or will prepare them for future learning.



Parents are strongly encouraged to read the book with their child and discuss it with them. As the school year progresses letter sounds and basic number work will be sent home to revise and learn.

Year 6

In year 6 in preparation for their transition to secondary school and to help them prepare for SATs in English and Maths, extra work will be sent home after Easter.

Reading log:
Children learn to read best when they can be heard and they can share their reading. All children should read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day and read to an adult at least twice a week but ideally every day. Parents/carers should sign the log and children must bring it in every day in their book bag with their reading book. Teachers check reading logs regularly. Children should be encouraged to read a range of books so even if your child does not have their reading book, they can read other books at home. Please ask your child questions about what they have read to help with comprehension as well as decoding skills.








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