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Home learning expectation at St Peter’s:



The Education Endowment Fund Teaching and Learning Toolkit (2018) tells us that, “Overall, homework in primary schools does not appear to lead to large increases in learning.” When it is done poorly, the children learn nothing, teachers have unnecessary marking and parents have the battle to get it done on their hands. If, however, schools create a system that allows pupils to work on small, targeted chunks of learning at home, it can have an impact. This is especially true when parents are engaged in the process. This research underpins our homework expectations – i.e. focused, manageable and effective.





Key Stage 1

Lower KS2 (Y3/4)

Upper KS2 (5/6)




10 mins daily (minimum)



10 mins daily (minimum)

Reading for pleasure. We hope children pick up a book everyday and should continue to record their progress in their reading records. Reading with adults equally encouraged with a focus on discussion and comprehension rather than phonics and word deconstruction.


Phonics – packs sent home at the end of each phase. Record progress in reading record

5 x spellings to be practiced daily if possible.

Phonics - packs sent home as appropriate.

At least 5 x prescribed spellings and children may bring home targeted words – daily practice if possible.

At least 5x prescribed spellings and children will bring home targeted words – daily practice if possible.

Number facts (e.g. number bonds, timestables, calculation strategies)

Autumn Term: Fact File 1 - 5

Spring Term: Fraction Files

Summer Term: Time Files



Autumn Term: Fact File 6 - 16

Spring Term: Fraction Files

Summer Term: Time Files



Autumn Term: Fact File 17 - 24

Spring Term: Fraction Files

Summer Term: Time Files

Pupils selecting work to practice at home based on classwork






During the year, there are 3 whole school competitions which the children need to prepare for at home. These will be organised by Mrs. Morris and communicated to you directly. Participation in these curricular activities are compulsory.


  1. Public Speaking –Autumn term.
  2. Times table challenge - Spring term
  3. Spelling challenge - Summer term




Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.


As stated above, children are required to read a minimum of five times a week; an adult must sign the reading record to confirm that these five reading sessions have taken place. It is important that the reading record be in school every day.



Spelling and Phonics


At St Peter’s, teachers set extremely high expectations for the children across the curriculum and this includes the expectation that the children make a conscious effort with their spelling. The children in year 2 to 6 have weekly spelling sessions which follow the ‘No-Nonsense Spelling’ programme. In Little Dunford and Groveley, spelling is taught through phonics. It supports children with recognising spelling rules and patterns through a variety of interactive activities. It also equips children with a range of strategies for spelling unfamiliar words. In addition to this, the programme incorporates learning the words from the statutory word lists for years 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and years 5 and 6.


Spellings will be sent home from the statutory spelling lists every Monday culminating in a Spelling test the following Monday. In order to make learning these spelling as enjoyable as possible, we have added some games and activity ideas to the bottom of this page. Home learning of phonics, as detailed above, will be determined and overseen by the classteacher.




Maths – Number Facts

According to the National Curriculum (2014) the expectation of times tables in each Year Group is as follows:


Year R and 1: No expectation for timestables BUT number bonds and core addition facts form the basis of all home learning.

Year 2: 2x, 5x, 10x

Year 3: 3x, 4x, 8x

Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x

Year 5: All x and ÷ facts (12x12)

Year 6: All x and ÷ facts (12x12) and related language/symbols e.g. % and square root


At St. Peter's, all home learning in maths takes the form of our 'Fact Files' and has an exclusive focus on the above (i.e. fluency in number facts.) Please see the rationale for more information on how and why the children engage in this home learning. They will always have a 'Fact File' stapled into their reading logs.

ILP (Imaginative Learning Project).


In addition to the above weekly requirements, children will also be given the opportunity to create a project during every Imaginative Learning Project. Thought not all are compulsory, we expect children to complete a project at least once a term. Should your child wish to start a project relating to the ILP please ask the relevant Class Teacher for further details.

Support for spellings (Games and activities)

Supporting Documents

Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust