Homework

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Homework is the term used for anything you do at home with your child to help them develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.

 

Homework varies from class to class dependent on the needs of your child. Homework has to be tailored to the individual. It may include:

  • Using particular symbols, signs, objects or words to support understanding and communication
  • Working on a toileting, dressing or eating programme
  • Having a set of spellings to learn
  • Writing on a particular topic
  • Accessing My Maths, Lexia or/and Achieve 3000

 

As a minimum we would like all our parents to read to, or with, their child daily.

Other things you can do at home with your child to support their learning are:

 

Activity Benefits
Sensory or massage stories help develop social interaction important for developing communication skills
Copying actions help develop social interaction and eye contact important for developing communication skills
Listening to music music stimulates a different part of the brain from speech and has been shown to help children learn.  Mozart is said to be one of the best composers for pupils with autistic to
Trips outdoors to develop physical skills or their understanding of nature, the seasons and weather.
Shopping this can support the development of reading and maths skills:

matching the labels of your usual food to the labels in the store

reading a shopping list

counting together the correct number of tins or oranges that you want

Playing balance games or bike riding helps develop core stability important for general physical development and developing writing skills
Swimming helps to develop physical skills and core stability
Ball games help to develop hand eye co-ordination which is important for writing
Torch games finding things with a torch can help developing the tracking skills needed for reading

Encourage your child to share with you what they’ve been learning – they may not always want to, but there will be particular topics that spark their interest and they may be keen to talk about them.  You can help with homework by providing a quiet environment – this may be at the kitchen table or in their room, depending on how much support they want or need from you.

 

As a rough guide, in a mainstream secondary school, pupils will be spending the following amounts of time on homework:

  • Years 7 and 8 – 45 to 90 minutes a day
  • Year 9 – 60 to 120 minutes a day
  • Years 10 and 11 – 90 to 150 minutes a day
  • Homework is a very important part of a child’s education and can add much to their development. One of the main aims of our school is for pupils to develop as independent learners. We believe that homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.

 

Useful learning links for pupils