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At St Mary Cray Primary Academy we feel it is important for children to be set engaging homework that gives them opportunities to practice and consolidate the learning that has taken place at school (across a range of subjects).

Weekly Homework

Homework is linked to the learning spelling and timestables and each piece of homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

Homework will be to learn their spellings - we advise putting these into sentences and discussing the meanings. In addition to this please practice the times tables with your child in preparation for their weekly test.

Year 5 homework will be issued on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. Homework tasks will be glued in before children leave school, however if your child is absent on a Friday please speak to their class teacher so we can issue this during the week.

Please listen to your child read every night and sign their reading record to reflect this.


Throughout the day children will read for a variety of purposes. They will be taught specific reading skills with the teacher and the teacher will also read a variety of quality stories to the children. To support this, we recommend that all children read for at least 15 minutes a day before or after school. School or home books are suitable. Please sign your child’s Reading Record book each time they read.

Reading records are checked daily and Dojos are given as awards and incentives.

Please ensure that you discuss what has been read with your child by asking a range of comprehension questions.  See the link to 'Reading Vipers', attached at the bottom of this page.  This document will give you invaluable information about the kind of comprehension questions that you should be asking your child whilst reading.

Some useful links: