Homework and Learning Websites

      Moorside Juniors Homework policy

In March 2012, the guidelines on homework were removed, giving schools the freedom to determine what they think is most beneficial for their children.

We have been recommending that parents and children spend regular time together reading books.  Taking turns to read and listen and talking about stories and information.  We have also highlighted the importance of learning times tables, which is necessary for accuracy and speed in solving mathematical problems.

Children have to work hard at school – everyday – all day.  We believe that every lesson counts.  By the time they leave at 3.20, they will be feeling tired.  We know that for some children, having more work to do at home can lead to battles at the ‘tea table’.  With this in mind, staff have agreed to the following format for homework, which will allow parents to decide how much additional homework they would like their children to do.


Spellings              Years 5 and 6 – handed out on Monday and tested the following Monday.

                           Years 3 and 4- handed out on Thursday and tested the following Thursday.

Mental Maths        All year groups have this sent out on Fridays to be handed in on Monday.


In addition to this, there are times when children are asked to do some research or something related to their topic.  Children may make a note of this in their reading diaries.

 Each term we have homework challenges that the children can complete the gain points. Details of this can be found here for Classes 3/4 and here for Class 4/5.


The school uses web based resources to support the children with their reading and maths.  They will log in to these sites at school and can use them at home.  They are fun and very child friendly, with lots of games to keep them engaged while practicing their skills.  We would recommend that they go on these sites two or three times a week for about 20 minutes.  The links are below.  Please let your child’s class teacher know if you cannot access these sites at home.


For grammar and spelling homework support please visit the following websites:










Most importantly, children make good progress when parents are interested in their learning and want to be a part of their education.  If you want some fun ideas to do with your child, follow the National Trust link to 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.