Homework plays an important part in the learning process in consolidating and extending the work covered in class and through encouraging independence. The amount of homework increases gradually as the boys move through the Prep, ranging from an approximate ten minute daily reading or phonics focus in Reception, to five nights of approximately an hour and a half by the time they are in Year 6. We encourage the boys to read daily, no matter what age they are or how capable their reading is, as reading has a proven link to improving comprehension and creative writing.
From Year 3, a planner is introduced for the boys to record their homework tasks. This encourages the boys to become more independent and take ownership of their learning. It also acts as an informal method of communication between parents and School. Throughout Key Stage 2, the boys are expected to have their planners with them in all lessons, not only to write down homework tasks or notes to remember things, but to collect any House points that they are awarded.
We encourage parents to be aware of the homework activities for their sons and to be as involved as is necessary in supporting them. This level of support is often more prevalent in the first few years, but we encourage parents to enable their sons to become independent as early as they can be. As soon as they are ready, we would like to see the boys completing their homework tasks independently, with coaching or guiding from parents only when required.