‘set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired’
During my final practice, I complied with school policy and set homework every night. There were set days for English, Maths, Reasoning and on Fridays, we could set anything that we liked. There was one rule – the homework set should take approximately 40 minutes to complete. When setting homework, this had to be evident within my planning so that the other Y4 teacher could follow the plan and give the same homework to her class. It also must be relevant to what was being taught.
Here is an example of an English lesson plan;
As you can see, on Monday’s homework was to complete a spelling and homophone activity – this was part of their dictionary/spelling work. Therefore, in relation to the standards, this consolidated and extended their current knowledge.
I have also attached some examples of the homework that I have set throughout my placement. These were stuck in their homework books and marked the next day. The school had a strict marking policy which required teachers to have marked and fed back the work by the next lesson. As you can see, homework was set across the entire curriculum.
Also, the homework was also differentiated to meet the needs of the children in my class. As below:
I value the importance of setting homework as it is fundamental to extend children’s knowledge at home. I also consider homework as an effective way to involve parents within their child’s education. As an NQT, I will continue to give out homework in regulation to the school’s homework policy. Through reflecting on my final practice, I thought it was a lot of homework to ask of the children specifically at 40 minutes per night. Nevertheless, as it was a Grammar school, homework was key to consolidate learning in preparation for the entrance exams.
TS Links –
TS4c – set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired.
TS5a – know when and how to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable pupils to be taught effectively.