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Throston Primary School

A Flying Start to Success


The school strongly believes homework has many benefits:

  • Homework develops an effective partnership between the school and parents/carers;
  • Homework consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy;
  • Homework allows children to exploit resources for learning at home;
  • Homework extends school learning;
  • Homework encourages children to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own;
  • Homework acts as a catalyst to successful lifelong learning.


When homework is set, children will always have the opportunity to complete set tasks at the weekend. This follows numerous requests by working parents.

Please note failure to return homework on a regular basis will result in children being put into the school

behaviour book.



Weekly: Children will be tested once a week. The day will vary for each class. It is asked that parents support their children with spellings. Please note children may have words in the test, which revise spelling patterns from a previous week. This reinforcement will ensure children do not just learn a spelling pattern for an isolated week, but apply their new knowledge to all of their Literacy work. Marked spelling tests will go home each week, so you can view spelling progression. Please note younger children will have keywords until they are ready for spellings.



Younger Reading: Children in Reception to Year 2 will have a home/school record book. We would like

parents to write a comment in this book each time they listen to their child read. Teachers keep their own

reading records at school but will sign the home/school record books to acknowledge your comments. Books will be changed on a regular basis by the class teacher. In Key Stage 2 children have a reading journal.



Each week children will be tested on their times tables (and the related division facts).


By the end of Year 2, children will be expected to recall multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables up to x 12. By the end of Year 3 children will be expected to recall and use

multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 multiplication tables up to x 12. By the end of Year 4 children will be expected to have memorised their times tables up to and including x 12 tables.


It is hoped parents will support children with their multiplication tables. In addition to times table homework children in Year 1 and Year 2 will be given homework to develop their knowledge of number bonds** to 10 and 100.


**’Number bonds' are pairs which make up a number. The number bonds for seven, for instance, are 3+4, 2+5, 1+6 and 0+7. To have a quick grasp of addition and subtraction, it is vital for children t o know their number bonds.


Set Homework:

Nursery: Children will be asked to bring in objects to match letter sounds and complete activities placed on the school website. Parents will also be asked to complete a half-termly theme sheet. Some children

may also be given reading books and activities to blend sounds.


Reception: Parents will be asked to complete a halftermly theme sheet and support their children who

will be asked from time to time to complete activities on the school website. Each week children will receive one piece of Literacy OR Numeracy OR Topic Work.


Key Stage 1: Children will receive one piece of Literacy OR Numeracy homework per week.

Key Stage 2: Children will receive one piece of Literacy AND Numeracy homework per week.


Please note this year children will be provided with bespoke homework books.

All homework will be differentiated and linked to current learning. Children will always have a weekend

to do their homework.


Project Homework:

From time to time children will also be asked to complete work on specific projects* linked to their current curriculum topics.

* There will be a limit of 2 project based tasks per year for Key Stage 2. Key Stage 1 children will complete a project per term. No English or Maths will be set during project weeks.


Online Resources:

At Throston your child will have access to online resources that support work completed in school.


If your child has not received log in details please contact the school office.


By clicking on children can quickly access these fabulous

education resources.


Purple Mash is 2Simple’s creative online space for primary school children. It is a cross-curricula resource packed with open-ended creative tools and themed curriculum resources. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.