GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Our Schools

Banbury Region

Banstead Region

Berkshire & Hampshire Region

Caterham Region

Crawley Region

Didcot Region

Epsom Region

London Boroughs

Redhill Region

Sunbury & Camberley Region

Homework and Home Learning


Welcome to our homework page. Here you will find information about the sort of homework that is expected each week from your child. In addition, our teachers have put together some downloadable pages of suggested activities relating to class topics.  Homework can be found on your child's google classroom page. If you are struggling to access this or would prefer a printed copy, please speak to your child's teacher. 

What homework and when?

As you might expect, as pupils progress through the school, the level of homework will increase gradually. From reading to spelling to times tables, the expectations alter with each year group. The ‘Meet the Teacher’ session, in September, is the perfect opportunity to find out about the homework to be set in your child’s class. If you cannot attend this session, you are welcome to make appointments with our staff via the School Office.

As a rough guide, the table below gives examples of likely homework for each year group. Please note: this list is not exhaustive and your child’s teacher will adapt the homework according to the needs of the pupils and changes to the National Curriculum.

Home learning

What is the purpose of homework?

Schools provide homework for a variety of reasons. At Chestnut Park Primary School, we believe that regular opportunities to undertake homework can benefit our pupils for the following reasons:

  • It further demonstrates that learning can be fun
  • It consolidates the skills we have taught in class
  • It allows pupils to explore areas of interest within a topic, encouraging independent study
  • It gives parents an insight into the learning that is taking place in class
  • It encourages partnerships between parents and teachers
  • It prepares pupils for secondary school – both in terms of workload and organisation

How to take the work out of homework

We are aware that, for many families, organising homework (such as weekly English and Maths activities) can feel like an extra chore, which inevitably defeats the main purpose: to demonstrate that learning can be fun! We want our parents to feel as confident as our pupils about what is expected for each class. With this in mind, we have put together some pointers for parents:

  1. Please don’t feel ‘burdened’ by homework! By the time they are juniors (Y3), pupils confidently adopt classroom routines and take on greater responsibility. Our teachers are promoting independence for this year group, but they will still remind students about school trips, parent letters, reading books and homework.
  2. Pupils know what to do if they get stuck. Part of the classroom discussion about homework includes strategies for overcoming common problems. For example, Who should you see if you are stuck? The Teacher. When should you see the teacher? Before the day it’s due in!
  3. Pupils succeed when it’s fresh in their minds. As you might expect, most children find homework more manageable if they attempt it as soon as it is set, rather than waiting until the night before it is due to be handed in.
  4. Helping a little helps a lot! We are delighted to have such supportive parents, who find the time to share in their children’s school activities. We’d like to thank you for your input and reassure you that there is no such thing as getting it wrong!
  5. Chestnut teachers are very friendly. We hope that this page will help to alleviate any worries about homework expectations, but if you have a concern that has not been addressed, please make an appointment to see our lovely staff.
  6. Help is out there. For parents of older children, you may find that it’s a struggle to develop a homework routine that is manageable; you might even dread it! As a school, we don’t endorse any specific websites, but you may find articles, such as:  useful, so we thought we’d share it with you. Let us know if you find useful articles to share with other parents.

Marking homework

We reward genuine effort, rather than test scores alone. Where we see that pupils have challenged themselves to extend their learning at home, we will reward their effort with Dojo points and stamps.  Often homework will be looked and reviewed with the children, even though this may not be evident with marking in the books.


Remote Learning 


Remote learning is where the student and the teacher are not physically present in a traditional classroom environment. The teacher provides the learning through Google Classroom and the child watches and or listens, and then attempts the activity. The work is generally submitted through Google Classroom and the teacher then checks it, giving the appropriate guidance to encourage the child's learning. 

In the event that remote learning is needed, we trust that this section of the website supports our families in accessing our remote provision. However, well being calls will be made to those that are not on line learning each day, if learning remotely.  During these telephone calls if we can be of further support, please do update our wellbeing team.