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Homework

General Information

Learning happens all the time, not just at school. We want to ensure the children at Arunside become lifelong learners and in completing simple homework tasks we hope to support the children in achieving this.

Homework tasks

  • Learning to spell words appropriate to the age and ability of the child.
  • Learning times tables.
  • Reading every day.
  • Clear tasks over a range of mathematical areas, e.g. numbers, shapes, measuring, etc.
  • Using reading and writing skills to complete English tasks.

All homework set will be appropriate to the age and ability of the child.

Each term class teachers send a termly letter home which outlines clear expectations surrounding homework. A homework timetable is included in this letter. It is important that homework is handed in on time.

Take home tasks are practical opportunities to make something together at home. It is a chance to talk and work with your child to be creative, follow instructions and learn together. Each class teacher provides an outline of the task, suggested materials and what the learning outcome can be. Take home tasks are usually given once a term. Please enjoy this opportunity to have fun together.

Helpful Homework Habits

  • Find a quiet place to help your child to focus on tasks.
  • All pens, pencils, rulers, etc. are in one place.
  • Agree together what time is best for your child to do homework.
  • Talk to your child about learning.
  • Ensure noise is kept to a minimum, e.g. no TV sounds.
  • Always praise effort your child puts in to homework tasks.

Helping with reading is vital to support learning across all subjects. It is best to read little and often, everyday if possible. Enjoying books, sharing stories, finding out information and using newspapers and magazines all give a firm foundation to help children to realise that reading is fun. Join Horsham Library, it’s free! Follow guidance from your child’s teacher about using letters and sounds to build words when your child is learning to read. Look on our English page of the website for further help.

There are dual-language books if English is not your family’s first language – you can talk about books and stories and develop a love for them in any language.

Look for books on topic that you know you child is interested in – maybe dragons, insects, cookery, sport or castles to name but a few.

Helping with mathematical tasks can be fun using games, puzzles and jigsaws as a great way to start. It’s important to show how we use maths skills in everyday life, e.g. using money, times tables to work out costs of multiple purchases, etc. identifying problems and solving them can also use mathematical skills. For young children point out different shapes around at home, when shopping talk about quantities and let your child handle coins and look together for numbers on street signs, car registration plates and on buses. Keep numbers, shapes and all aspects of maths interesting to engage your child in the fascinating world of maths.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about homework.