Your help is vital to your child’s progress. Please help us to help your child by committing yourself to helping with any “homework” which we may send home. Do not hesitate to speak to the teacher if you have ANY concerns as she will be able to suggest alternative activities for children experiencing temporary difficulties. A parent information leaflet on Homework is available that offers an insight into expectations.


Homework should not be a chore, but children should see it as an extension of their schoolwork. At Abercarn Primary School we also acknowledge the importance of play and free time in a child’s growth and development. Homework will never take a huge amount of time to complete and will be enjoyable whilst serving a purpose.

The following list gives a few examples: Reading with a parent.

  • A family visit to a local place of interest such as a museum.
  • Consolidating work done in class.
  • Undertaking individual or paired research for a project using the local library or the internet.
  • Learning number facts (tables).
  • Literacy activities both written and verbal (Learning spelling etc)
  • Being an active member of a sports club or youth organisation (Scouts, Brownies etc).
  • Going swimming.
  • Making a model or research work with a parent about a particular topic.

Teachers may ask for tasks to be completed at home, but are delighted to learn about children’s success in other aspects of their lives and will seek to recognise this in school

The amount of homework given will gradually increase as your child progresses through the school. The amount of homework will depend on the work being covered or if a child is struggling to grasp a concept a teacher may deem it necessary to give extra homework to consolidate class work.

For the children in the Foundation Phase (Nursery- Year 2) developing a partnership with parents/carers and involving them actively in their children’s learning is the key purpose. Essentially reading with an adult will be the main focus at this stage. Other homework will initially consist of short activities of different kinds, simple games that practise words, spellings or number facts, then leading to short activities to support other curriculum areas.

At different points during the term, the children might also be given a project to be completed. This might be to make something linked to what the children are learning about in school.

For the children in Key Stage 2,homework provides an opportunity to develop the skills of independent learning and this increasingly becomes its main purpose. Children are encouraged to get into the habit of regularly devoting periods of time to study on their own. By Year 6 the homework covers a wide range of tasks and curriculum content. This will benefit their learning..


Phase of SchoolHomework ActivitiesTime to
Date handed out
and collected.
Method of Marking
Foundation PhaseA variety of games,
spelling activities
No longer than
30 minutes
No set days / timesA variety of self and peer
Year 3 and Year 41 piece of English, 1 piece
of Maths and Spellings
30-45 minutesHomework given on a
Friday for completion by
following Monday. Spellings
given on a Monday.
A variety of self and peer
Year 5 and Year 6English, Maths and
45-60 minutesHomework given on a
Friday for completion by
following Monday. Spellings
given Mon/Tue.
A variety of self and peer


  • It is very important that parents display a positive attitude to homework and value its importance. It is also important for parents to recognise that it is the Children’s responsibility to complete this work.
  • Parents need to listen to the child’s explanation of what they have to do and discuss the work the child is doing and whether or not help is needed plus what form this might take.
  • If parents have any problems or questions about homework, they should contact the child’s class teacher. If their questions are of a more general nature they could contact the Deputy Head teacher or the Head teacher.


Specific homework tasks or activities will be differentiated in order to meet the individual needs of the children. Those children Identified as SEN may need to have the task further differentiated and linked to their IEP targets. Where necessary, close liaison between teachers, SENCo and parents will take place to ensure that meaningful tasks are set.

Homework is differentiated mainly by outcome. Children show their understanding at their own level choosing from a variety of ways to do this. Children identified as SEN may need to have further prompts given to guide their thinking and to provide guidance for parents/carers.

Last modified: Friday, 28 July 2017, 4:59 PM