Homework Guide

 Homework ~ Working Together

Helping with homework and being involved is beneficial to your child's education and rewarding for you both!

Education Involvement

At Bourne Elsea Park parent/carers' involvement in their child's education is greatly encouraged.  We have many opportunities for you to come into school and see the fantastic achievements made by your children.

What is homework?

A task which has been set by a teacher that children do at home.  It may be reading, writing or observation, depending on your child's stage at school.

Why is homework so important?

Homework is used to recap on what has been taught and learnt in the classroom.  It is also beneficial as preparation for a future lesson.  Such as research for a particular topic.  For older children this type of homework is a good way to encourage them to investigate further.

What is the right amount of time spent on homework?

The DfE recommends that children between the ages of five and eight should do one hour of homework each week.  Whereas children in Years 5 and 6 would benefit from doing two hours a week (between 20 minutes and half an hour a day).

Children who have worked poorly in the past improve greatly when their parents get involved in making sure that homework is done.


Communication between school and home is vital and the children learn to use a Homework Diary to help.  From Reception to Year 6 these books build up a reliable communication,  it is useful to look everyday for any homework set and any comments made by the teacher.

Benefits of helping

  • Helping with homework improves your child's chances of success in school
  • Parents that help are taking an active part in their child's education, which gives them a better knowledge of how the child is taught in school.
  • Helping can develop a child's confidence, sense of responsibility and self-discipline.
  • Parents who take an interest have a better knowledge of work that their child is doing in school.

Learning Through Play

Games, in particular, board games, are an excellent way of learning through play.  Beneficial games include: Scrabble, picture and normal dominoes, games requiring dice, cards and counting games.

Everyday Out and About

Shopping with children is an excellent way to encourage your child to learn monetary value and maths.  Let your child handle small change and work out how much they would need to buy something and how much change they will be given in return.  On a journey 'I Spy' helps children to look at their surroundings and the environment.