A better way to describe homework might be 'learning out of school'. Children learn a great deal at school, you can add to that learning by supporting them at home with reading together, writing and counting.
Showing an interest in homework and talking to your child really helps them to learn. With support and encouragement, children find it easier to get into the homework habit, take more responsibility and learn how to organise and manage their time.
Homework is learning that children do for themselves, perhaps with the support of parents or other family members such as grandparents or older brothers/sisters.
Children can find homework interesting and fun – or dull and annoying. However, doing homework is important – it makes a difference to learning. Knowing how to get involved in ways that work for you and your child can really help.
Every school will have its own homework policy in place, which should be made available to parents.