Our simple school policy on homework is that the expectations should be straightforward and non-negotiable. Every child should be reading at home several times a week - we'd like you to aim for at least 5 times a week. Most children will have some words to learn each week (spellings). The other key element to regular homework is learning Maths Facts - times tables, number bonds, telling the time, etc.
Whenever children have read, a note can be made in the yellow Learning Diary. This will earn children a reading point. For a bonus point, children need to have talked about their reading with someone at home, using the age-related prompts in the Learning Diaries.
We all know that points mean prizes - for 100 points, children win a Bronze sticker; for 200 points, a Silver sticker; and for 300 points, a Gold sticker, plus a prize book from the special cabinet.
The best way to practise these is to use a 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' method. Children should have a good look at the word they are learning, then cover it up and try to write it correctly. Then uncover the word to check that it has been written correctly. Children can also practise without writing - asking your children to say the sounds/letters in the right order is good too.
Learning Maths Facts
Also shown in the yellow Learning Diaries are the Maths Facts that children should be trying to achieve at relevant ages. Don't worry if your child finds these either too easy or too hard - just write a note to the class teacher in the Learning Diary and they will provide you with some guidance.
For times tables, simply chanting them is a good start. Children do need to be able to remember the facts in a random order as well though, so mix it up a bit.
Blank grids are another straightforward way of practising. Try the links below which can generate blank grids or quizzes for you (fun for all the family!)