Homework at St Thomas More

Homework is a very important part of a child’s education and can add much to their development. We consider that children benefit greatly from the mutual support of parents and teachers in encouraging them to learn both at home and at school.

We increase the amount of homework that we give the children as they move through the school. We expect Key Stage 1 children to spend approximately one hour a week doing homework, although this may well include reading with a parent. Children should be encouraged to read every day.

We expect children in years 3 and 4 to spend approximately 15-20 minutes per night on homework and children in years 5 and 6 to spend at least 30 minutes per night. These are averaged out over the week – so they may be given 2 pieces of homework that could take an hour each and an individual 30 minute activity over the week. Children will generally be given a Maths and Literacy task and talk homework to help prepare them for their extended writing tasks.

Sometimes, the usual pattern of homework is replaced to allow children to focus on a more extended project such as a research booklet or model-making task linked to the topic they are studying. During First Confession, Communion and Confirmation preparation children will be asked to take home work to share with their parents.

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