At Laycock Primary, we believe homework encourages regular practice and revision of basic skills and understanding in Maths, English and other curriculum areas. Ultimately, it helps raise achievement and provides opportunities for parents and children to work together.

We recognise that there needs to be a balance between family time and hope that our policy reflects this.

To ensure consistency across the school, all teachers follow the Homework Policy.

Whole School Homework

How to access more homework

If you are wanting to further challenge your child at home, or if they are eager to further their learning, you can use our school resources for reliable sources. Children all have log in and access to the following:

Additionally, we have hundreds of online links on our website for every single subject.

Home Learning

Home learning is about making learning part of your home life. We will use homework opportunities to find out what the children know before and after a teaching sequence in a variety of subjects. This will help us gather information of previous understanding in order to tailor our teaching and lesson planning accordingly. We will reward those who do their home learning through our school’s internal reward system, Dojo points, and/or certificates. If a child is not doing their homework over time we will inform the parents/carers and support where possible. We also offer lunch time clubs in the Computer room to complete online learning challenges like Mathletics.

Giving children the opportunity to talk about their learning is so important. Here are some ways in which you can help them through just a discussion!

  1. Ask them questions. (What, Why, When, Which and How) and challenge them to explain
  2. Pretend you do not understand/ know about something to encourage them to explain it in detail
  3. Ask them to present something interesting to you
  4. Get them to make a quiz for you and your family to answer on the unit they are studying at the moment
  5. Encourage them to learn online as well as on paper
  6. Show them that you talk to the teachers and other members of our school team

Home learning safety: adults responsibility

Online Safety


Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception classes)

Talk to your child about books. Picture books allow for some wonderful talk.
Count with your child at every opportunity.
Help children to recognise numbers, letters and words in the world.
Complete the Phonics Sheets this is an important part of our Phonics Scheme.
Throughout the year there are mini-projects taking place in class.
Complete Home Learning Journey and look out for the newsletters informing parents about their child’s learning weekly.

Year 1 – 6

A half termly project that will be celebrated
Practising times tables (speed test)
Daily reading (independently or to another person)
Learn weekly spellings
Talk Homework
Lexia (for children in the programme)

Encouraging Depth in Reading Reading Skills and Questions

Year 1 and 2 Spelling Checklist

Year 3 and 4 Spelling Checklist

Year 5 and 6 Spelling Checklist

 Laycock Reading Challenge

Suggestions to help manage work load balance:

Token board

My Reminders – At Home

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