Home Learning                               

At St Helen's we want to ensure that Homework is worthwhile for both staff and pupils. Current educational research has overwhelmingly shown that, at primary level especially, the benefits of homework are limited to quite a narrow range of examples. An extensive survey of all stakeholders was undertaken in the Spring of 2016 in order to undertake an extensive review of the expectations for homework at St Helen's. The summary of this survey is included below and forms the basis for the guidance issued here.

Overall Guidance:
  • Homework will be divided into two areas: 
    • A 'CORE' expectation of activities that should be completed by pupils as set by teachers. Pupils not completing a set piece of homework will be provided the opportunity to do this within the school day, i.e. Playtime or lunchtime. This will be supervised in the classroom.
    • Extra 'OPTIONAL' activities
  • Reading in itself, for pleasure, is not considered a homework task. This applies to both pupils reading themselves, and reading with their parents / carers.

  • Weekly spellings
  • Online Learning Relevant to the phase:
    • Bug Club
    • My Maths
    • TT Rock Stars
    • Education City
  • Reading Journals:
    • Teacher directed activity - stipulating text type
    • Free Choice

We know Reading Journals are sometimes contentious but they are essential.  They have a huge impact on the level to which St Helen's pupils are able to interact with, and evaluate different texts. Without them we would need to give reading comprehension homework. Teachers will try to make the range of ways that pupils can approach their Reading Journals as varied as possible so they are not monotonous.

We will not set whole pieces of writing for homework.

Pupils will have (depending on their year group) individual log-ins for the following online learning resources:
  • Bug Club
  • TT Rockstars
  • My Maths
  • Developing Experts

If your child should lose or forget any of their relevant log-ins, they can get them from Mr Yaren in school.


  • Project based learning - linking with topic / theme that allow pupils and their families to develop knowledge and skills in that area if they wish. School will always be willing to celebrate and reward pupils choosing to independently extend their learning. - Suggest that Phases develop a brief list of suggestions of activities that could be completed within the current term's topic.
  • Developing Experts - Follow-up from the week's Science teaching.

Specific Variations:

        Phase 1/2      

  • Spellings comprise 'Tricky Words' Lists in Yr R & 1
  • Phonics sounds
  • Education City

          Phase 3        

  • Introduction of Reading Journals

          Phase 4        

  • Planners are being introduced following feedback from parents, to help with communication regarding homework.
  • Buddy Spellings (Year 5)