Homework at Sunnyfields

Why is homework valuable?

At Sunnyfields, homework is valued as an opportunity for children, parents and teachers to build a shared responsibility for learning.

We believe that homework can:

  • enable children to consolidate and reinforce their skills and understanding, particularly in literacy and numeracy,
  • encourage children to develop the independence, resilience and self discipline needed to study on their own,
  • build an effective partnership between home and school,
  • enable parents parents to be involved in their child's education,
  • exploit resources for learning that may not be available in school,
  • prepare older children for secondary school.

How can you help your child?

Parents and carers have an important part to play in ensuring that homework supports their child's learning and development. By supporting their child with homework parents can have a significant impact on progress.

We ask parents and carers to:

  • make sure they are aware when homework has been set and help ensure it is returned on time,
  • make sure that children have the necessary time to do their homework and a quiet space to work,
  • encourage their child and praise them when homework has been completed,
  • be actively involved in joint homework activities,
  • let the class teacher know if their child experiences any persistent difficulties,
  • be aware of how much time children are spending on completing homework.


Regardless of whether it is made explicitly clear, children are expected to read on a daily basis as an essential part of their homework.

We ask parents to read to their child regularly as well as hear them read, even when their child has become an independent reader. Young children also benefit from having stories read to them that they cannot read themselves.


Children will have Literacy homework weekly. It may be a piece of writing linked to topic work, for example, or it may be writing sentences containing spellings learned that week. They may then be tested in a weekly spelling test. Please help your child prepare for these by testing your child in advance.

Times Tables

We ask Junior children to learn times tables for homework. They are then tested in a weekly tables test. Please help your child prepare for these by testing your child in advace.


Your child might be set an area of MyMaths for homework. They can also visit the website and choose areas to work on. Please encourage them to access the different areas of the programme which can make a huge difference to a child's abilities and confidence.

Topic related activities

Your child's class teacher may set a variety of other activities for homework that link with their topic work. Please read the half termly curriculum letter which informs parents when the homework is due back. 

Click here to go to the class pages to find out more

If you have any queries about homework please see your child's teacher who would be happy to answer your questions.


Useful websites and other resources




BBC Bitesize - English

Woodlands Junior - English



Letters and Sounds - games and resources

Phonics Play - requires a membership

Mr. Thorne - great videos on the appropriate pornunciation and way phonics should be taught

ICT Games - activities linked to the English National Curriculum 

BBC Words and Pictures



Mathletics - your child has his/her own username and password#

BBC Bitesize - Maths

Woodlands Junior - Maths



The Science Museum

The Royal Institution of Science - interactive games and a good place to visit with your children

Primary Homework help - interactive games and activities and lots of interesting facts

BBC Bitesize - Science

Woodlands Junior - Science



National History Museum - with webpages especially for children

BBC Bitesize - History

Woodlands Junior - History

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