At St. Joseph’s Pontefract, we think that it is important for children to practise what they have learned in class at home to help them to be the best that they can be.
Here are the expectations for homework in KS1 and KS2 :


We expect all pupils to read at home at least 4 times a week.  A record of this is then kept in the child’s reading record book or planner.


We expect pupils to learn at least one small set of spellings each week. This is best completed in short bursts over the course of the week.


We expect all pupils to practise recalling their number facts (including number bonds and times tables) for a few minutes each day. Useful resources for children are the Times Tables Rock Stars website and Mathletics that your child can log in to (see links below). There may also be short maths tasks sent home to support learning in class.





At St. Joseph’s, we believe it is very important for children to know important information (Times Tables, Spellings, Key words for topics etc.) off by heart so that it makes learning further information much easier. This is best done in short bursts each day rather than spending time on long pieces of homework once a week.  If you have any further questions about homework please speak to your child’s class teacher.

If your child has special educational needs we will adapt homework to suit them if this is needed. Also, if your child ever receives any homework which you feel is too difficult or it is not clear what to do then please speak to the class teacher. While we do expect children to complete all homework, we do not want this to be a source of anxiety for you or your children.

If you would like to do more with your child to support their education then we would suggest providing them with a range of rich experiences that will give them increased knowledge of the world. This knowledge is invaluable in developing reading comprehension ability and gives children a wealth of information to draw on when writing in school. Suggestions of places to visit include museums, art galleries, nature reserves, theatres to see plays, libraries and restaurants.  For further information regarding activities that the government suggests children should take part in please download this document My Activity Passport. 


Useful Links for parents and carers.

Raising a Reader: Top Tips for Parents to Foster a Love of Reading: Free Training

Free Online Training! Helping Parents with Home Learning: Getting to Grips with Grammar.


Online Reading Resources.

https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/  – free interactive books online

https://www.shedofbooks.com/  book recommendations

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ book recommendations

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ free e books and much more for teachers and children

https://www.storytimemagazine.com/subscription/halfprice/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0qz46djn6AIV2YBQBh009wJmEAAYASAAEgK5mvD_BwE half price subscription and free downloads

https://www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk/ first 4 issues for £1

https://www.tckpublishing.com/free-ebooks-for-kids/ – links to free e-book sites for children