Orchard Primary & Nursery




It is widely recognised that homework can play an important part in the educational experience provided for our pupils. It is also accepted that continuous learning takes place both in and out of school.


Here at Orchard Primary School teaching staff would like to work with parents in supporting this learning at home and in the wider community and recognise and endorse the value of appropriate and varied homework activities. At every stage homework should be a reinforcement of skills and knowledge previously taught.


Each term your child’s teacher will send home a home learning sheet.  This purpose of the sheet is to provide parents with information relating to the learning happening in your child’s classroom.  It will also give suggested activities that parents and children can complete at home if you wish, there is no obligation to return any completed homework to school.


Pupils will all be issued with a home/school diary. Each week class teachers will place stickers in the diary which will give information and suggested home learning based on the following;


  • Phonics and spelling being covered in class
  • Novels and reading books being covered in class (it is recommended that pupils read their reading book/novel every night)
  • Numeracy and mathematics being covered in class
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • Any other relevant information


Snapshot Jotters will be issued every month instead of a formal, written homework jotter.  Snapshot Jotters provide a way of enabling parents to see the kind of work being tackled during the school day, encouraging partnership between the school and parents. We would encourage parents to spend time looking through their child’s work, with their child and to provide feedback using the feedback sheet.  In the snapshot jotter, teachers and the children will also provide feedback on their current learning.


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