Homework at Finstall

Homework develops an effective partnership between the school and parents and other carers by giving them opportunities to work together.

There is no doubt that parents who are involved in their child’s learning help them to make faster progress, to gain confidence and to achieve better results. We appreciate the support that parents give children at home, which makes our homework policy such a success.


We believe the main purposes of homework are:

  • To develop our links with you, our pupils’ parents or carers

  • To help you to understand what your children are learning about at school

  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy

  • To develop self-discipline and perseverance

  • To help your children to learn to plan their time wisely and to develop self-confidence

  • To encourage pupils, as they get older, to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, and to prepare them for the requirements of Middle School

  • To increase self-esteem through knowing that their achievements are regarded as important by home and school

  • To help you to understand the approaches and techniques we are using in school

  • To make use of all kinds of learning resources that you have at home

  • To extend school learning


    The purpose and the amount of homework change as your child gets older.


    For children in Key Stage 1, literacy homework will include short activities, word games, learning spellings and enjoying reading together. We encourage you to read with and to your child for approximately ten minutes a day. In Number work, children will be encouraged to learn number bonds, first up to 10 and later to 20, and eventually to learn some simple times tables.


    In Key Stage 2, the main purpose of homework is to provide opportunities for your child to develop the skills for independent learning. This will only be achieved if homework is set regularly. By the time your child reaches Year 4, the homework programme will cover a wider range of tasks and curriculum content. The school liaises with the middle school to ensure that your child is well prepared for transfer.


    In Key Stage 2, up to the age of 9, homework will include:

  • regular opportunities to practise word and sentence work

  • tasks that involve finding out and presenting information – eg producing independent projects

  • reading in preparation for lessons and for sheer enjoyment

  • preparing oral presentations

  • regular opportunities to practise number skills, such as number bonds and the multiplication tables

  • weekly written maths tasks related to relevant topics taught during the week

  • tasks, which are linked to the other subjects, such as history, geography and science


The time spent on homework tasks will extend to 1½– 2 hours per week in Years 3 and 4. Whenever possible, homework will be set regularly so that you can organise the routine at home. Daily reading is also requested, either as part of the homework or in addition to it. We encourage children in Key Stage 2 to provide their own ring binder to keep their homework activities in.


Your child will be more successful if they develop positive attitudes to homework. You can help them by:

making sure they have a place to do their homework

checking that they understand what they have to do

praising them when they try hard

showing them that you are interested in what they are learning about

joining in with the homework tasks whenever you can!


Full details about homework and the amount to expect for your child in each year group are listed in our Homework Policy, which can be found in the policies section, see link below. If you have strong views about homework, please let us know through your child’s class teacher. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you want to find out more about our homework programme.