Why do we set homework?

We understand that your child’s learning is important to parents.  Many parents would like the opportunity to be involved in their child’s learning and support them in reaching their full potential. At Bedlington Station Primary School we value homework as an opportunity to:

  • involve you in your child’s learning
  • reinforce the learning that takes place in class
  • practise key skills (e.g. reading, spellings, tables)
  • encourage your child to take some responsibility for their own learning
  • give your child the opportunity to investigate a topic further

How can I support my child?

  • Find a suitably quiet place for your child to do their homework
  • When using the internet ensure your child is supervised
  • Take an interest in your child’s homework and support where necessary
  • Ensure that your child completes their homework on time,  and that it is returned to school
  • Allow your child to complete their own homework!

Remember, if you have any concerns at all about your child’s homework, or would like some advice about how to best support, please contact the class teacher.

What homework looks like @ BSPS

It is an expectation that all children will read at home every night. The amount of time spent reading should vary depending on the age of your child. As a guide, children in Foundation Stage should share their book with you for around 10 minutes. Children in Key Stage 1 should read to you or independently for around 10 minutes each night. Children in Key Stage 2 should spend a minimum of 15 minutes a night reading. Reading books are provided by school as a resource to use at home, however we would encourage you to support your child in accessing a range of appropriate books and reading materials.


Spellings (Years 1-6)

Each half term your child’s class teacher will give a bank of spellings (around 40) for your child to practise at home. Children will have on average 6 weeks to learn these spellings before a spelling test during the last week of the half term. The test will consist of 20 spellings chosen at random from the spelling bank. This is a departure from the traditionally weekly spelling test of 10 words. It is hoped that with longer exposure to these words that the children will become more secure in how to spell them, making an impact on spelling in their writing. The traditional weekly spelling test often yields a higher ‘test score’ but often this is not transferred into their everyday writing - the place it really matters. The spelling bank will consist of 20 common words, specific to the curriculum for the year group, and 20 ‘topic’ words.

Maths (Years 1-6)

Children should practise their times tables at home. The National Curriculum sets out the expectations for which tables should be learned in each year group. These tables will be identified on your child’s ‘Homework Challenge’ sheet. Children should also practise mental arithmetic at home, developing their skills using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Homework Challenge (Years 1-6)

Each half term class teachers set a ‘Homework Challenge’. In addition to the spellings and maths detailed above, this sheet also outlines curriculum related tasks for children to complete at home. These could be linked to any area of the curriculum but will all have a link to what your child is learning in school. These challenges could include activities such as: creating artwork, writing a report, researching an event, writing a story, keeping a journal or investigating a problem. There are 3 compulsory challenges that we would like all children to complete and 3 voluntary challenges (for those children and parents who would like to do more). These challenges can be completed in any order and returned to school at any time during the half term. The Homework Challenge is an opportunity to become involved first hand with your child’s learning.