Educational research and longitudinal studies have shown that ‘homework’ has very little impact for pupils in primary school, unless it requires them to rehearse and practise e.g. reading skills and rapid recall of facts. Some research also tells us that ‘homework’ may actually broaden the gaps between groups of pupils. The regular school day already demands high levels of work and engagement upon pupils and there is a need for them to enjoy their childhood and have a break from formal learning when at home.
Our “Home Learning Expectations” are based upon this research and therefore we will only be encouraging pupils to practise key skills that need consolidating within their age group. What has the most potential impact is talking to others, sharing ideas and explaining concepts. These activities cannot be shown or demonstrated through completion of worksheets. We are also mindful that family life is busy and there are many competing demands on family time outside of school hours.
For further information please click here to read our Home Learning policy.