We cannot overstate the importance of reading to, and with, your child at home. Many studies have shown that this is the single most important thing you can do to help your child succeed at school, both in the early years, and equally significantly, at senior school.
As the children move into years 1 and 2, they are set more homework which begins to establish the children’s ability to work independently at home. This enables the teachers to find out how much knowledge and understanding of a topic or concept a child is able to demonstrate when working without direct teacher support, and is focused on Maths and English.
By Year 3 homework is set every day. From now, homework enables the teachers to reinforce the learning done in school with additional tasks that stretch and expand the range and scope of what is covered at school. By Years 5 and 6 this homework can be quite substantial and is a key part of preparation for senior school examinations. The teachers are happy to discuss homework with parents, especially if you encounter difficulties in supporting your children. It is important that parents advise and encourage your children to do the homework, but do not do it for them, as the teachers need to see what your child can do at home, not what you can do. Your teachers will explain their homework timetables for their class at the start of year parents’ meeting, which is important to attend.
Many parents find supervising Homework a challenge. Our advice is to establish a routine early on which everyone understands, and which you stick to wherever possible. You will develop your own routine of course, but a popular one is to get home, get your child a snack and a drink, take a short break, and then settle them down in a quiet place to do homework. Encourage your child to check their planner, ensure they give full answers (sentences, units of measurement), and label their work clearly with the date and headings.
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