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Homework is an important part of your child’s learning. It develops a child’s independent learning and sense of responsibility, and provides a way to practise the skills learned at school. The amount of homework given depends on which year group your child belongs to.


The government guidelines for daily homework are as follows: Reception:

10 minutes reading,

10 minutes on other activities

Years 1 and 2:

20 minutes reading,

10 minutes on other activities

Years 3 and 4:

20 minutes reading,

20 minutes on other activities

Years 5 and 6:

20 minutes reading,

30 minutes on other activities



Children in the Foundation Stage at Galley Hill regularly take home library books to share with their parents or carers. The books are changed frequently. We encourage you to read these books to your child, so that the child sees reading as enjoyable and something that he or she wants to do as well. We also provide ideas for fun activities that you can do with your child at Nursery and Reception parent meetings.


These activities will help your child develop the concepts needed for Maths, develop the fine motor skills needed for handwriting, and develop the awareness of sounds that will prepare them for reading.


In the Reception section of the Foundation Stage, children will also bring home a reading book for them to read to you. Listening to your child read, looking at the pictures together, helping your child to guess what might happen next, and discussing the story together are all important ways to help your child with his or her reading.


Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) will also regularly bring a reading book home. Encourage your child to read to you frequently. You may write comments and questions about your child’s reading in your child’s Reading Journal, which your child’s teacher will check each week. Key Stage 1 children will also have spellings to learn each week.


Additional homework may be set by the teacher. This may be to extend the work covered in English or Maths lessons, or to add to what is being learned in the topic work they are doing.


Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6), children will also take home a school reading book or some may choose a book from home. Even if your child is reading independently, you can help by occasionally listening to them read aloud. Children have a reading journal and are expected to have at least 3 reading experiences recorded each week. If a child does not appear to be reading at home, they may be asked to do extra reading in school. 

In addition to reading, children will have spellings to learn and a Maths task each week. The Maths task will be based on basic Maths skills, particularly multiplication tables. Learning multiplication tables is an essential part of Maths skills, and these need to be continually reinforced at home.


Pupils who do not finish their assigned homework may be required to complete it in school during a lunch break.

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