Phil and Jim Primary School aims to ensure that all children gain knowledge and skills during their time with us. We feel that any work completed at home should be of value, promote confidence and independence.
- To encourage independent learning and allow children to take responsibility for their own learning.
- To provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning.
- To enable children to practise and consolidate skills.
- To develop independence and perseverance.
- To enable children to consolidate and maximise their learning and progress in school.
Homework is given out each Friday and returned by the pupil the following Thursday.
Homework will be distributed via My Child At School (MCAS).
Pupils (in KS1 & 2) have an individual Reading Record book, Times-table book and a Spelling book.
In KS1, pupils will take home a weekly spelling list derived from the Monster Phonics scheme. They will practise these spellings, and hand-in their completed lists to the teacher on the following Thursday; completing a spelling test in class.
In KS2, pupils will take home a weekly spelling list derived from the National Curriculum’s 100 key words. They will practise these spellings, and hand-in their completed lists to the teacher on the following Thursday; completing a spelling test in class.
Home reading is encouraged and is an integral part of the child’s development. In order to have strong communication between teachers and parents/carers, each child has a home/school reading diary where both the staff and parents can write comments about how the child is progressing with his/her reading. Children have the opportunity to use books from the library for independent research.
In EYFS and KS1, children will take home Monster Phonics books that are matched to their phonics level. They will take one Monster Phonics book home once a week. These children will also take home a Banded Book which will most likely be a Collins Big Cat book. In EYFS and KS1 these banded books (shared readers) may include sounds or words not yet taught so will be shared with an adult at home to help. When a child has read the banded books we have in school, they will use the banded books that are accessible online through Collins Big Cat eBooks.
In KS2, pupils read books that are matched to their reading level. These may be banded or library books, including books of their own choice.
Reading books and record books are kept in the pupil’s school bag, and are brought to school every day. Children may also borrow a library book to enjoy at home.
Via MCAS, the teacher will share which times-tables are to be learnt by the pupils for the week.
The pupils will practise the times-tables, using the Times-tables practice book and submit this on the following Thursday.
Further details about homework can be found in the school’s Homework Policy on the policies page.