Christ Church C.E.
Primary School

Denshaw, Saddleworth

Homework Policy September 2019


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:


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.

Key Stage 1

  • Spelllings are given out on a Friday and a spelling test is given on a Wednesday.
  • Maths games are returned on a Wednesday
  • We have the Learning Challenge book which is related to the half term topic and is expected to be completed at the end of each half term. Exact dates will be communicated by the class teacher.
  • Reading will also include answering questions about the book and may include activities such as: character descriptions etc. These will be completed in a special reading log book.

Year 3 & 4

  • Children are given spellings on a Thursday and tested on Tuesdays
  • Maths homework is also given on Thursday to be completed by Tuesday. This may be worksheet, game or practical task, linked to their learning that week.
  • Learning challenge books are given out at the start of the half term and must be completed by the last Tuesday of the half term. Children will have a challenge for each week of the term, linked to their current topic. The challenges also cover a range of writing skills.
  • In addition to daily reading, children are given a reading log and a range of questions linked to reading targets for their Year. Parents and teachers are to select questions, writing the appropriate target code and children answer in logs. This are to be completed as and when children read.

Year 5 & 6

  • Spellings – children are given a spelling activity booklet – this will have the spellings for the term and activities to go alongside them each week.
  • Topic – challenges that are linked to the current topic
  • Maths – an activity will be sent home each Friday, linked to the learning challenge of the week – these are taken from the Maths of the Day scheme, where maths and physical exercise are linked.
  • Reading – children will alternate termly, between a novel study, where they will be given challenges linked to our new reading targets or questions in their reading log book, to be answered as they progress through the text. These will encourage children to develop the vital skills required for the SATS.

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. Questions are provided to support reading and include activities to complete.



Updated September 2018.




















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