Welcome to
The Crucible Federation

Owler Brook Primary School

Learning for life together

Wensley Street, Sheffield, S4 8HQ


0114 2438611


Homework provides opportunities for our children to further develop and extend their learning skills. In the past, homework has been set according to individual year groups. However, we now want to establish regular routines throughout our school which will enable both children and adults to organise homework time more effectively.

These are the routines you can expect:

Year Groups

         Home Learning (per week) Given Out      Handed In          
Reception   Daily Reading Friday Wednesday
    1 piece of Literacy/Numeracy    
    Key Word Learning    
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)   Daily Reading Friday Wednesday
    Weekly Spellings    
    1 piece of Literacy/Numeracy    
    Mental Maths Practise    
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)   Daily Reading Friday Wednesday
    Weekly Spellings    
    1 piece of Literacy/Numeracy (not exceeding 15 minutes per piece)    
    Mental Maths Practise    
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6)   Daily Reading Friday Wednesday
    Weekly Spellings    
    1 piece of Literacy/Numeracy (not exceeding 30 minutes per piece)    
    Mental Maths Practise    
    Children may be asked to complete topic related tasks throughout their units of learning    


10 Top Tips for Homework........

 1 Have agreed set times for playing games, watching TV and leisure.

  • Set a time for homework at the same time each day.
  • When your child has finshed their homework, agree time to play.
  • Set playtime as a reward.

 2 Let your child know how you expect them to behave and set clear boundaries.

  • Set rules for when homework takes place, how long it will take and when you will check it.
  • Ask them if there is anything they are worried about.

3 Provide structure

  • Set daily routines for homework, going out, bedtime and meals, so that your child will know when they have time for themselves.
  • If your child doesn't have homework, encourage them to read or give them a problem to solve so they stay in the homework routine.

4 Your child is more likely to succeed when you, your family and your child's teachers expect them to do their very best.

  • Remind them how important learning is.  Ask them what job they want to do when they get older.
  • Tell them that they make you feel proud.

5 Work with your child's teachers, school and other family members to agree expectations for learning, studying and behaviour.

  • Ask them what homework they have and ask to see it when they've done it.
  • Agree a time when they can do the things they want to do. 

6 Make sure that your expectations and goals are right for your child's age and maturity.

  • If your child gets stuck with homework give them suggestions for problem solving.
  • Talk to your child's teachers about how much homework your child is expected to do. 

7 Your experience counts.

  • Try and link life and leisure experience to your child's school work e.g. visits to the park, museum or days out.
  • Remember your child will enjoy spending time with you alone.  Learning together and sharing experiences will help your relationship grow stronger.  Your child will enjoy learning about you and your experiences, as well as doing new things together. 

8 Take an interest. Let them know you want to be           involved.

  • Make time to ask your child about what they are studying and what they have learned.
  • Another great way to show you are interested is to attend school activities such as parents' evenings, reading mornings and school assemblies. 

9 Lend a hand.  Let them know you're there to help.

  • Help your child to use resources that are available to them such as the local library, the internet or books.
  • Talk about school and learning activities in family conversations and make sure that if they need help, they know they can ask you to give them a hand.

10 Make time, even 5 minutes could help!

  • Your child will benefit from you getting involved in their homework tasks.
  • If your son or daughter knows that you care, they will be more likely to want to do homework and hand it in on time.