While children are at Primary School they are introduced to many extra-curricula activities which help them now and later, to live full lives – cubs, brownies, learning to play a musical instrument, sports, clubs, etc. It is important that homework should not prevent children from taking part in these social, cultural and physical pursuits. At the same time the habit of regular work at home is a worthwhile one – it requires self-organisation by the child, provides opportunities for practice with and reinforcement of work undertaken at school and affords parents opportunities of finding out something of their child’s work, and work habits in various fields.
In the Junior School (Y1 & Y2) this will mainly take the form of reading. Children will be given books or poetry (at their own reading level) to take home to be read to/and with parents. The importance of taking an interest in your child’s reading cannot be overstressed, and your co-operation in this matter is eagerly looked forward to. As mentioned elsewhere these books are costly, receive a great deal of wear, and we ask that the parents see that the books are returned to school in good order. Please do not mend books, especially with ..
In the Middle & Senior School (Y3-Y8) a wider variety of home activities will likely be carried out. Work set will be work that the child should be able to do him/herself with material brought from school or known to be readily available at home. Here again parental interest in homework is not only welcome but also desirable. Many children become especially interested in some classroom topics and wish to follow up with research at home. This should be encouraged and parents can help by showing an interest and asking about current projects.
The importance of reading as a valuable homework activity cannot be over emphasised. If parents could constantly be on their alert to their children’s reading habits and interests, could encourage them to join and borrow from libraries and then read the books borrowed, they would be reinforcing the work done at school and doing much to ensure that their children will be able to take a normal place in this modern technological age where the various reading skills are of such importance.
Friendly interest in discussion about books read, and thus encouragement to read more can be most helpful. Discussions on comprehension, spelling, grammar and so on should be avoided as they may dampen interest in reading.