At St. Gilbert's we set homework each Friday to be returned by Tuesday. It is our expectation that homework is well presented, carefully completed and demonstrates care and attention. Homework is marked by a member of staff with the children so that they can ask any questions they have about any problems they have encountered.
In Key Stage 2, we use a bank of workbooks that consolidate Maths and English skills. These are at different levels. When your child enters KS2 they will be assessed and assigned a level that they can work through that is suitable to them. The books get progressively more difficult so it is not intended that children switch and jump levels and sections unless it is by advance agreement between the parent and teacher.
We appreciate that homework can be a difficult subject with some children and are happy to support parents with this. Please make an appointment with your child's class teacher if there are any problems. When a child does not hand in or complete homework it is expected that they will do this during a breaktime in the week.
In order to support other Literacy skills the children are expected to undertake daily reading and spelling homework. Ideally these should take no more than 10-20 minutes in total. These are outlined below:
From very early in their time at St. Gilbert's children are given reading books to take home for the purpose of reading practice at home. It is expected that children should read for 5 minutes in EYFS, 10 minutes in KS1 and 15-20 minutes in KS2. These are a guideline and a minimum if a child is happy and wishes to read more then we encourage that! Research has found that children who read lots often achieve well in most aspects of Literacy. Reading is a complex matter and so we have developed some helpful information and advice about how you can support your child as they progress through the school.
Children across St. Gilbert's will have spelling and phonics homework set for them to support the learning in class. More information on this is given in the link below: