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Homework Clubs

If you are aged 6-13 years then come along to the MKA Community Centre. Thanks to funding from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) we are now able to offer support to young people in improving attainment level at Key stage 1, 2 and 3.
  When can I come to the Homework Clubs?

The sessions take place at :
MKA Centre
1 Connaught St
Leicester LE2 1FJ

Homework Clubs will be open on the following days:


10am -12pm

2pm – 4pm

10am – 12pm

2pm – 4pm
  How can the Homework Clubs help me?

Each club has:
Staff to provide help and assistance
A wide range of SATs Key Stage books
Friendly surroundings
Several computers with Internet access, Key Stage CD ROMs and printers

  How do I join the Homework clubs?

You will need to come into the Centre and fill in a form to join the clubs. Your parent/guardian will need to come with you to sign the form.


Government Guideline
Government guidelines on homework give a broad indication of how much time pupils might reasonably be expected to spend on homework. The guidelines emphasise the importance of homework and how it helps your child to learn, rather than focus on if it takes a certain amount of time. The guidelines also encourage schools to plan homework carefully alongside the work children do at school, and to make sure that all activities are appropriate for individual children.

The guidelines for primary school children are:

Years 1 and 2: 1 hour per week
Years 3 and 4: 1.5 hours per week
Years 5 and 6: 30 minutes per day

The guidelines for secondary school children are:

Years 7 and 8: 45-90 minutes per day
Year 9: 1-2 hours per day
Years 10 and 11: 1.5-2.5 hours per day

Go to the Government's guidelines for schools for more information.

  How much homework?

Children should not be expected to spend significantly longer on homework than the guide times set out above. It does not matter if activities do not take as long as the guide times - as long as they are useful. Schools and teachers are expected to organise homework carefully so that children are not expected to do too much on any one day.
  What sort of activities should children be doing?

All homework activities should be related to work children are doing at school. However, homework should not always be written work. For young children it will largely be:
• Reading with parents or carers
• Informal games to practice mathematical skills

For older children, homework may include:
• Reading
• Preparing a presentation to the class
• Finding out information
• Making something
• Trying out a simple scientific experiment
• Cooking

  Should I help my child with homework?

Generally, schools are very keen for parents to support and help children with their homework. However, there are times when schools will want to see what your children can do on their own. It is particularly important, as they get older, for your children to become increasingly independent in their learning. Schools generally take the view that children are likely to get more out of an activity if parents get involved - as long as they do not take over too much. If you are unsure about what your role should be, you should discuss it with your child's school. They will be very pleased that you are interested and will want to help you get the balance right.
  Doing homework somewhere other than at home

The MKA Centre Homework club is an alternative solution where your child will be supervised and offered relevant support based on the curriculum and the age of your child..

Things you can do to help your child learn

Give your child confidence through lots of praise and encouragement.
As a parent, you have tremendous power to strengthen your child's confidence - and confidence is vital to learning.
Provide specific praise that focuses on a particular aspect of their work. Comments such as "I like the way you have…" is more effective than “your clever”.
Read to, and with, your child as much as possible.
As part of the National Year of Reading the Government is encouraging parents and carers to read to children, hear them read, or encourage them to read to themselves, for at least 20 minutes a day.
Encourage children to observe and talk about their surroundings.
Even young children can be helped to read notices and signs, for example, and understand what they mean.
Make use of your local library.
Look out for special events and services for children.
5. Visit museums and places you think your child might find interesting.
Children now have free admission to major national museums and art galleries.
If your children like watching television, watch it with them sometimes and encourage them to talk about what they have seen. They will get more out of the experience.
Try to set time aside to do "homework" activities with young children.
Wherever possible, try to provide a reasonably quiet place for children to do homework, (or help them to get to other places where homework can be done).
Wherever possible, try to provide a reasonably quiet place for children to do homework, (or help them to get to other places where homework can be done).
10. Try to help your child to see the enjoyable aspects of homework

Click here for some useful Homework Websites.







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