Homework

Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular homework is important, since it gives pupils the opportunity to practise at home the tasks done in class and helps the children work towards improving important skills.

It also encourages children to become confident and independent in their learning, which will help throughout their time at school and later, in adult life. Homework activities are an important part of the home/school partnership. All children are expected to take part in a variety of homework tasks to enhance and support their work in class.

Time allocations

The following are government recommendations as appropriate time allocations for homework activities:

  • Years 1 and 2 - 1 hour per week
  • Years 3 and 4 - 1.5 hours per week
  • Years 5 and 6 - 30 minutes per day

Listed below, are a number of example tasks and activities that might be given as homework. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is open to constant change, although many of these tasks and activities will be used on a regular basis. Homework activities will change to meet the needs of the pupils involved and activities that might be occurring in class. All homework tasks and activities will have a clear purpose and assist pupils in the process of their academic development.

Reception: 

  • Reading books
  • Key words
  • Counting
  • Reciting nursery and counting rhymes
  • Identification of shapes in the environment
  • Letter and rhyme of the week
  • Fastening and unfastening buttons and zips and tying shoelaces

Year 1 and 2: 

  • Reading
  • Key words
  • Spellings
  • Handwriting practise
  • Literacy activities
  • Numeracy activities
  • Real life numeracy related problems e.g. shopping, car, bus and house numbers, use of T.V. remote control
  • Tasks related to theme

Year 3 and 4: 

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Handwriting practise
  • Literacy activities
  • Numeracy activities
  • Timetables
  • Activities related to theme

Year 5 and 6: 

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Handwriting practise
  • Reading comprehension activities
  • Planning pieces of writing
  • Planning presentations
  • Researching topics
  • Learning times tables
  • Practising calculation strategies
  • Activities related to theme
  • Literacy activities
  • Numeracy activities
  • Timetables
  • Activities related to theme