Taking pride in school work and forming good habits start gently at Nursery age, progressing to organisational skills and the realisation of achievement as the child grows and develops with the school.
From Nursery through to year 6, homework is a part of our routine. We understand that learning does not take place solely at school and therefore homework is an opportunity for our pupils to share their learning experiences with their parents, as well as developing a good routine to meet later educational needs.
In early years, homework may be written or creative and at Pre Prep pupils will have English, Mathematics or topic related homework two to three times a week.
Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to use their diary as an “organiser”. All parents are asked to sign their children’s diary on a weekly basis. We greatly value the support of our parents with home learning.
Junior children receive reading or written homework every night. Pupils are expected to read every evening from the scheme or books chosen from the library.
We have always believed in instilling a positive work ethic at St. Michael’s and the importance of routine homework setting and its conscientious and careful completion is essential if children are to flourish and share some responsibility for their learning.
Each Form has a homework timetable, and homework is set accordingly – an average of four subjects per day requiring work to be done at home. Pupil planners are also issued to every pupil to help with organisation. These provide another link between home and school as parents and teachers check the planners weekly.
By the sixth form, students are able to organise their time; their study time and their leisure time – to best advantage. Self discipline now comes much more naturally and students really begin to enjoy a bit more freedom and independence, confident that everything is in-hand.