Home Learning

The aim at FirstPoint School is for students to enjoy their learning & to maximise their potential to achieve their personal best.

Home Learning

Home Learning should be regarded as ‘own learning’ and encourages the development of independent learning skills and time management. We aim to make home learning tasks enjoyable as well as appropriate for the needs of each student and we expect all students to take pride in their class work and home learning.

It is FirstPoint policy to set home learning. The purpose of this is to reinforce, develop and establish concepts and skills taught in lessons.  

  • At Foundation Stage 1 one piece of work will be given out each week. This may be a craft activity or a maths activity linked to the current theme. The piece will then be used as a ‘Show and Tell’ activity in class.
  • At Foundation Stage 2one piece of work will be given out each week. This may be a craft activity or a maths activity linked to the current theme. The piece will then be used as a ‘Show and Tell’ activity in class. In addition to this, children will be given weekly Read Write Inc. sounds. High frequency words will be sent home and assessed weekly in class.
  • At Year 1 and Year 2 children will be given short weekly home learning activities of phonics and maths.

In addition, children will be given a home learning challenge each half term linked to current topics. For this, children will select from a range of tasks and subject areas an activity of their choice to complete every 2 weeks.

  • At Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children will be given short weekly home learning activities of spelling, grammar and punctuation and a maths activity.

In addition, children will be given a home learning challenge each half term linked to current topics. For this, children will select from a range of tasks and subject areas an activity of interest to them to complete every 2 weeks.

We also encourage all children to spend time reading 5 times a week. The idea of the homework challenge is to motivate the children to enjoy learning at home and to promote independent learning. The piece they select may revisit work they have completed in class already or be a new activity to aid future study. We ask the children to select a variety of tasks across a range of subjects so that their learning and experiences are varied.

  • At Key Stage 3 - 3 homeworks will be set per evening. Students should spend approximately 30 minutes on each homework per evening; therefore a student should spend between 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes per evening doing homework.
  • At Key Stage 4 - the number of subjects per night varies depending on option groups. At least 3 subjects will be set on any one night. Students should be spending about 2 hours each evening in Year 10 and in Year 11 build up to 3 hours each evening towards the end of the GCSE courses.
  • At Key Stage 5the requirement is at least 6 hours per subject area per week. This may be divided between several subject teachers

Certain subjects may demand more if there is a lot of reading involved (e.g. English, History) or if there is a lot of practical work (e.g. Technology and Art & Design). A Homework Timetable is issued at the start of each Academic Year with details of when each subject must set homework for each year group.