The Purpose of Homework
Meaningful homework is being set on a regular basis in order to enable students to develop their independent study skills.
Homework set will serve one of 3 purposes;
- 1) Consolidate prior learning
- 2) Deepen prior learning
- 3) Prepare for future learning
St Ambrose Expectations for Home Learning
Students will be set homework by their class teacher for each subject that they learn. The frequency of this homework and the nature of these tasks are set out below.
Reading for pleasure
It is expected that all students should spend time at home reading for pleasure. Research shows there are strong links between reading for pleasure and educational outcomes, as well as having a positive impact on a persons’ health, relationships and well-being. Therefore, at St. Ambrose we recommend that all students should read for pleasure for a minimum of 20 minutes each day. Students should also bring a reading book into school each day.
Ongoing consolidation and revision
Outside of the homework set by teachers, it is expected that students should take some time to reflect on and consolidate learning throughout each week. At home, they should be encouraged to read over work completed at school, consolidate their knowledge, revise where appropriate and study more widely. Parents can support this process by talking to their children about what they have learnt at school, asking them questions about what they know and what they would like to know more about. Encouraging students to explore their learning independently at home will support their learning in school and throughout their lives.