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UKS2 Home Learning Programme and Procedures

In Years 5 and 6, children are required to practise their spelling and multiplication tables on a weekly basis. The National Curriculum states that, by the end of Year 6, all children should be able to ‘perform mental calculations, including with…large numbers’. This requires quick recall of multiplication and division facts. These are tested weekly using the 99 Club, which are differentiated tests to support learning. Children will bring home their completed test and parents will be able to see how they are progressing. They should use these test papers to practise for the following week.

In The Stoke Poges School, we issue a weekly spelling list in line with the word list contained in the National Curriculum. In addition, any spellings the children find difficult in their daily work will be recorded in their Homework Diaries, and these should be practised at home. Diaries will be brought home each day and should be returned to school daily.

In addition to the above, children are required to read for at least 15 minutes every evening. It would be helpful if parents could record the book read, page numbers and any comments they wish to make in the Homework Diaries. Books sent home with children will be changed as appropriate, but children are also strongly encouraged to access their own preferred books in order to build further their reading for pleasure. Parents should see their child’s class teacher for suggestions on suitable reading material for their child if they would like more advice. It is the children’s responsibility to record their daily reading on their bookmark. These will be monitored on a regular basis. Staff will record in the Homework Diaries when the children have read to an adult in school.

Maths and English homework will be set once a week. Please see the table below. Work should be completed in the appropriate homework book unless otherwise specified.

On some occasions, it will be necessary to set additional homework related to a curriculum area being studied. Children will be given sufficient time to complete and hand this in.

Children are asked to record each piece of homework in their homework diary. As a rough guide, homework should take no longer than 30 minutes each evening.

Homework diaries should be signed at least weekly by a parent or guardian. These will be checked once a week in school and signed or stamped by the teacher or learning support assistant.

We encourage all children to keep up with their home learning as it supports the work we do in school and is good preparation for secondary school. If, for any reason, a child cannot complete their home learning, parents should communicate this via their homework diary. If there is no communication the children will:

  • Have one day’s grace to bring the completed homework into school
  • If it is not in the next day, the children will complete the homework at lunchtime in class
  • If this happens twice in a half term, the teacher will discuss his/her concerns with the parent
  • If homework is not completed three times in a half term, children will have a discussion with the phase leader about the importance of completing homework and parents will be contacted.
  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Handed out English Maths      
Due in     English Maths  
Spellings, multiplication tables & reading on-going


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