The curriculum the children study is heavily knowledge based and so they are expected to know and use a huge number of terms, many of which were not taught at primary or secondary level prior to the new curriculum. Homework is a vital opportunity for children to revise and embed their new learning and we have invested in a number of new programmes that allow you to stretch your children and increase the amount of homework they do if you wish.
In Year 6, we set homework based on the learning from the week and, usually, this includes a maths, reading and grammar task as well as spellings and times tables. We expect the children to show independence and responsibility for their own homework; however, if they are finding homework difficult, they should bring it to their teacher at a lunchtime before the homework is due.
Homework will usually be given to the children twice a week. Homework given on Tuesday will be due in Friday and homework given on Friday will be due in Tuesday.
Children who do not complete homework fall behind their peers who do and so the expectation is that all homework will be completed by all children. As a result, if a child does not have or has not completed the homework, they will be required to do it during a lunchtime. If there is an exceptional reason why your child cannot complete their homework, please speak to their class teacher.
Maths (40-50 minutes per week including Times Tables Rock Stars)
Maths homework will most often be completed using the My Maths online programme (for children who do not have access to the internet at home, printed My Maths homework will be given). This homework will be based on the learning from the week and will provide the children, and you, with immediate feedback so both you and your child can keep track of how they are doing. The My Maths programme is a very powerful learning aid and provides children with an opportunity to not only practise what they have learned during the week, but also re-learn in online lessons which teach all areas of the curriculum.
In addition, the children will be set 20 rounds of Times Tables Rock Stars homework each Friday, due to be completed by Tuesday. This will provide the children opportunity to practise the times tables they will be tested on in class that week.
Grammar and Spelling (20 minutes plus spelling practise)
The children will have one piece of grammar homework per week based on our spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) lessons.
In addition, the children will be given a spelling rule to learn each week. This may be different to how children have learned spellings in the past. Previously, children may have been given a list of 10 or more words to learn. Some children memorise these easily while others struggle. Ultimately, most children forget these words within a few weeks of learning them - committing knowledge to long term memory requires frequent use of that knowledge, and most adults, let alone children, don't use terms like profession, politician and pronunciation often, but these are examples of words the children are expected to know.
Far more beneficial is for the children to learn spelling rules, for example, when to use tion, sion or cian (words describing professions end in cian, so rather than memorising musician, politician, magician or technician individually, children can refer to the rule instead).
Therefore, we set the children a spelling rule to learn and provide between 10 and 15 examples of the rule, including exceptions. We do not expect the children to memorise the spellings of all of the words - they will not be tested on all and will be tested on some that aren't included. Instead, we expect them to learn the rule and the exceptions. The children are more likely to remember one rule for thousands of spellings than the individual spellings of thousands of words.
Children will be tested on Thursday . If your child scores lower than 70%, they will be asked to relearn the rule and will be tested again on Friday.
Reading (20 minutes daily)
Daily reading of quality books is the most beneficial activity children can do at home. Reading helps build vocabulary, improves concentration, teaches children about the world, develops imagination and empathy, is fun, exercises the brain and is proven to improve educational outcomes for children; children who read often tend to achieve more highly than their peers who do not.
While we do not check how much reading the children in Year 6 do at home, we strongly recommend all children read daily at home on top of the reading they do in school. Having a designated time for reading can help make reading a normal part of everyday life. Research shows children who grow up in an environment where books are readily available and where their role models regularly read are more likely to read for pleasure. This is vital at all stages of education.
If you would like some recommendations for suitable books for Year 6 children, please check our reading recommendations page.
Although we set homework for the children to complete, the children have full access to My Maths, Times Tables Rock Stars and Quizlet and can practise, revise and learn as much as they wish. We set the minimum expectation but the more the children practise the more successful they will be in school. The school has invested in programmes that allow the children, and you, to increase the amount of homework if you wish.