At Castledyke we expect children to read, at least, 3 times per week, this is to be recorded by an adult in their reading diary as part of their homework commitment.

All home reading is recorded and there are a number of schemes within the school whereby children are rewarded when they exceed this minimum regularly. We often have reading competitions and we do need parents to support their children in taking part.

Spellings are sent home regularly and children are expected to practise them for their weekly test.

Children will also be expected to practise their times tables at home with their parents /carers.

The elements of homework listed above are fairly standard attributes of any homework programme. In addition to this, each class teacher will set appropriate tasks in line with pupils ages and abilities. These tasks may involve research, discussions at home or completion of tasks or worksheets. Older children will be asked to complete tasks (such as Education City and Bug Club) on their laptop computers. Where families have no internet access pupils may complete the tasks in school. The school currently offers a homework room at lunchtimes.

Where children persistently do not complete homework, parents will be contacted.

Younger children will need the support of parents in order to complete phonic or number tasks. Where it is felt necessary staff will support parents in gaining the skills to support this work at home.

It is always a fine line at school between parents who wish their child to have more homework and parents who wish their child to have less! We do our best to find a balance that works for everyone.

Any queries about homework please see your child’s class teacher.

To view the homework agreement which is signed by parents and children before they start school at Castledyke, please click on the link below.