As part of our efforts to prepare the children for their move to secondary school, and after discussions at parents’ evenings last term, there will be some changes to Year 6 homework for the last 6 weeks of the term. When children move to Year 7, one of the things they notice most is the increase in homework they receive and how they must be more organised to make sure that it is completed and handed in on the right days. In order to support the children with this transition, we will be handing out homework on different days each week. They will receive some longer homework tasks that may be due in a week later (always including a weekend), but some shorter tasks that they may have a couple of nights to complete. As always, homework club is available at school and children are welcome to ask for time to use computers at lunchtime if they are unable to do this at home. The main aims of changing the way Year 6 homework is set this half term are:
to develop independence with learning tasks
to encourage children to manage their time after school
to develop organisational skills, ensuring tasks are handed in on the correct days.
We recognise that children do take part in other activities outside school and that these activities are very important in developing their skills in different areas. We would like to reassure you that we are not intending on increasing greatly the amount of time spent on homework each week. However, we know that homework is often a shock to them when they start Year 7 and so would like to support them in developing their organisational skills during this preparation period this half term. If you do have any questions or concerns, please come and talk to us at the start or end of the school day, or contact the school office.