We have a ‘No Homework’ policy here at Coleham and do not send out formal homework. We believe that our children get a good education and work hard enough whilst they are here at school and that home time is precious time to be spent with family and friends.
This links to our school ethos in developing the ‘whole child’ as children need space to learn and grow, free time to master things by themselves, to build resilience by making and solving problems and create genuine self-esteem and inner drive to be in charge of their own challenges and development. Research also shows that the impact of homework in primary schools is minimal, though we know that the stress and anxiety that it can cause in households and individuals is great.
Despite this, we do have daily expectations for parents/carers to support. We insist that all children read every night at home with an adult please. We also insist that spellings are learnt for the weekly spelling test and that times tables are practised at home. We would only expect a child to spend between 10-20 minutes an evening on some or all of these activities. A short burst of focused, quality support with an adult will be valuable to a child’s progress. It is important that children have time to unwind after the school day, spend with their family and to get a good night’s rest.
This year for 2018-19, a whole school focus is also to improve the handwriting of our children across school. If your child’s class teacher feels that your child could further develop their handwriting, they may send home a handwriting booklet for you to work on together at home. This would be a short term intervention and specifically targets the areas your child needs to practice. We hope that you will be able to support us in this area at home.