Below is the School's Homework policy.


Research indicates parental support and attitude is the major contributor to children’s learning. The loving nature of a stable, supportive home life gives happiness, confidence and a wiliness to take the risk of learning something new. Furthermore, where family life prioritises and models life-long learning, children see more meaning to school and wish to succeed whilst there. In other words where families prioritise the steps after learning to read, write and count, children continue to improve. Research shows where families stop focusing on learning after the initial years of school, children’s progress sharply declines.


Rayleigh Primary School sees Homework as offering an avenue to strengthen this bond between parent and child. Thus, we intend to set homework that complements children’s home-life, supplementing the relationship between the school, child and their parents. To this end the time spent on homework should be governed by the following principles.

We wish to be clear that activities which a parent or carer considers as essential to the well-being, or educational and social development, of their children are to be welcomed and encouraged.

Children should be encouraged to take part in activities e.g. Sport, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and other social activities.

In addition they should remain involved in individual hobbies e.g. computing, library visits, collecting, models, watching sport etc.

Above all we wish to emphasise that the spending of quality time between you and your child is the most important support you can give.




Everyone will have homework. This includes spellings, mathematics, finishing work and a project. These will not all occur every week, nor in every year. Homework is defined as homework for practice to mastery and homework for life-long learning.


Practice to Mastery.


All children will be given books to read. This moves from simple practice of the techniques of reading to developing a joy of reading.


Spellings involves the learning of words beginning with the 100 most commonly used words in English, moving to imaginative and unusual words by Year Six. Spelling operates in differing forms as the children grow older. Word tins are common for younger children and extensive word lists for older children. Good practice involves extending previous learning. As such, a warm up of spellings learnt previously helps children use correct spellings in their writing. This is reinforced if the children are expected to compose sentences with each word in order to gain a better understanding of meaning.


Children will have set to prepare and then learn their multiplication tables. They will also have to learn to be familiar with number bonds. This will be tested in the form of mental arithmetic tests. By Year Six the children will be expected to know all their tables to twelve and use numbers up to 99 in mental arithmetic. Maths sheets are commonly given to revise work carried out in class. Although every effort is made to match the work to the child’s ability, it is hoped children struggle with some of the questions. Learning does not take place if the child can achieve all correct answers with ease.

Finishing Work.

Rayleigh Primary School is proud of its standards and endeavours to provide the ideal conditions within school for children to learn. Lessons are delivered with pace and differentiated to enable children to progress. However, to ensure all children continue to develop, work not finished within the week will need to be completed at home.


Life Long Learning.

Research Projects.

Children from year 2 to year 6 are expected to produce a research project once a term.  Guidance on expectation of quality and quantity is available in our procedural document “Guidance for research homework at Rayleigh Primary School”.   The projects should be capable of being presented to a group of children or the full class. In order to reach this target, the school encourages a variety of homework that involves ‘finding out’ throughout the age ranges. This ranges from finding out where you live in the Early Years, to finding out about another European Country in the Middle Years and ending up with historical, scientific or technological reports in the Upper Years. The purpose of Research Homework is to allow families to learn together. It is the method we use to keep children focusing on learning after the initial successes of reading, writing and counting.

For further information about click on  Research Homework