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Home-School Homework Expectations and Agreement

Homework helps to involve parents in their children’s formal learning at school and gives opportunities for children to practise key English and Maths skills vital for their next steps in their education and in their future lives. The Government expects all schools to set homework for children. 

At St. Mark’s we aim to balance the requirement of the need to set homework with the importance of family leisure time and the need for children to rest from school work.

For every child in KS1 and KS2 the following homework is set:

* Read aloud to an adult at home at least 5 times a week. 
   Each reading session should be approximately 5 to 10
   minutes long and also include time for discussion about
   what they have read.  See ‘Reading at home’.

* Practise and learn weekly spellings.  See ‘Weekly spellings   
   and spelling test’.

* Practise and learn weekly maths facts.

* KS2 only reading journal (to be completed at home or school)

At least once during the school year your child will be set a homework project and a number of weeks will be given to complete the task.  Often these require some adult help from family members.  Full details will be sent home with your child.


Weekly Spellings and Spelling Test

Most weeks children are set spelling homework.   On these weeks, they are sent home with a purple spelling book. Inside this book will be a worksheet which will include the list of spellings to learn for the following week.  This often will take the form of ‘Look, Say, Listen, Cover, Write, Check and Correct’:

 Look – Look carefully at the word.
 Say – Read the word aloud correctly.
 Listen – Listen carefully to the sounds in the word.
 Cover – Put your finger or book mark over the word.
 Write – Write the word (KS2 join your handwriting). 
                Say the word and listen to the sounds.
                Use the phonic skills, spelling patterns and spelling rules you have
                been taught.
Check and Correct – Check your spelling carefully with the word you covered.
                                     Correct any errors.

Children will also be asked to select some spelling words from their list and construct  sentences using them to show that they understand the meaning of the word.

Some weeks children will be sent home with words from a given spelling pattern or a spelling rule.  Other weeks, children will be sent home with Keyword spellings for their year groups.  All spellings are taken from the National Curriculum appropriate to each year group.  Please see the next pages for details of age related keywords.

The number of spellings sent home and the number of sentences the children are asked to write are given in the table below:

Year Group

Number of spellings given and tested on per week

Number of sentences the children are asked to write to show they understand the meaning of the word.

Year R

From Term 4, children who are ready for learning spellings will be sent home  3 words to learn.


3 spellings a week for all children from the start of Term 6.

Year 1


From Term 4, stronger spellers may be given 8 spellings.

From Term 4, the children will be asked to write 2 sentences a week.

Year 2



Year 3



Year 4



To stretch stronger spellers, teachers may give a spelling investigation to identified children on some weeks rather than a list.

Year 5



Year 6



Weekly Maths Facts and Test

Most weeks children are set weekly maths facts to learn. On these weeks, a sheet with examples of the type of maths facts to learn will be sent home in each child’s purple homework book.  The maths test in school will either be a short oral test or a short written test.  It is usual for many children to need to revisit the same or similar facts several times until they are secure with speed and fluency of an aspect of number.

When relevant, the class teacher will give links to games or activities on ‘ActiveLearn’ or ‘My Maths’ or other maths websites (see login details on page opposite).  These are fun ways for children to practise using their maths facts.   In the back of the Home-School diary there are several useful ‘Mathematics’ pages with key Maths Facts.