How does our Daily Homework work?
Each day contains an English and a maths activity, 5 days included in each week.
English activities could be linked to; spelling, punctuation, grammar, reading, editing, etc.
Maths activities include; the 4 operations, time, puzzles, ordering numbers, measures, shape, etc.
The activities are designed to be repetitive practice of things we have been covering in class. For example, time is a regular feature because I believe it is helpful for the children to be reminded of the skills we learnt every couple of weeks so when we return to the topic in class it is fresher in their minds. I am trying to keep topics bubbling in the brain even though they are not our main focus,
The aim is that this should take most children no more than 10-15 minutes. My children have the choice, they can do it at home or they can do it during the first 10 minutes of lunchtime. Most complete it at home but some choose to do it at lunchtime. Others complete the work at lunchtime if they have been unable to complete it the night before for whatever reason. We always go through the work as a class during registration after lunch. The children mark their own and take the sheet home again to show their parents how successful they were.
Parents are on board with this because; they love the structure, they hated 'project' or longer pieces of homework that were always left to the last minute, they no longer have homework battles with their children (if the child doesn't want to do it they just leave it for them to do it at lunchtime the next day) and they can see the benefits of repeating small chunks of what we have been doing in class.
These sets have been used with my Year 4 class but it might be appropriate with only small adjustments for Year 3 or Year 5. I am convinced that it is contributing to the progress they are making.