As a parent or carer you can play a vital role in your child’s education, including homework.

Weekly homework tasks

Years 1 to 6 have weekly spellings which cover the yearly objectives from the new curriculum, Talk Homework to plan for the bi-weekly Big Write and a small amount of maths which will usually be to consolidate learning from the week. Maths may also focus heavily on times tables as this knowledge is invaluable as your child moves further up the school.

All homework is given out on a Friday and collected on the following Friday allowing a whole week for homework to be completed. There is also a family challenge set once a half term which relates to the topics the children are learning about. These tasks are more creative or scientific and encourage children to show us the skills they have in these areas.


Reading at least three times a week is also expected. Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author) is a valuable way to develop reading skills. Please see the 'Reading at Penshurst' page for more detail.


Homework in the EYFS is a lot less formal than in Years 1-6 but is of equal importance. Parents are asked to contribute information, or work on a task in the child’s ‘Next Step’ book. Teachers will stick in a task for the children to complete and allow a week for the book to be returned. Parents can also send extra information about their child’s development via our EYFS email system!