Homework at New Islington Free School


At New Islington, homework plays an integral role in both reinforcing, consolidating and extending learning achieved at school and also in strengthening the working partnership between parents and teachers. Homework should always be purposeful and meaningful.


Purpose of Homework

• To help children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful lifelong learning
• To support the development of independent learning skills
• To reinforce and consolidate concepts which have been learned in school
• To supplement and extend work undertaken in school by providing extra dimensions not easily achievable in school.
• To increase parental awareness of what the children are learning in school
• To capitalise on parents’ enthusiasm to become involved in their children’s work and take advantage of the individual attention that family members can give their own child in their own home
• To foster the child’s sense of responsibility


Type of Homework

All children will receive a Homework Grid with a range of challenges that engage and inspire additional learning and discovery. In addition:

• All children are expected and encouraged to read with their parents on a daily basis. This is just as crucial throughout Key Stage Two as in the early years of a child’s education.

• Younger children will have letter sounds to practice at home.

• Spellings are sent home to be learned and then applied in written work.

• Tables should be practised at home daily with parents. The teachers will inform parents which tables to practise.