We believe the purpose of homework is two-fold: firstly it plays an important role in helping pupils to consolidate their learning: developing something they ‘know’ into something they ‘understand’. Secondly, it plays an invaluable role as children get older in helping them to develop the independence and organisation that is so important later in their life or more obviously, when they move to their senior school.
Homework or ‘Studies’ at St John’s for boys in the Middle School (Years 3 to 5) is addressed during academic lessons, where the boys’ needs can be more fully addressed and skills consolidated effectively. Boys are given work to complete independently in much the same way that they would for more traditional homework but this is completed under the supervision of the class teacher.
Boys in the Upper School (Years 6 to 8) will be increasingly set work as they move through this part of the school, which we will expect them to complete independently. They may, if they wish, remain at school and complete this as part of the school day (between 5- 6.00pm during ‘supervised study’ in place of doing an activity) or they may wish to take this home to complete. The purpose of setting work in this manner is to encourage boys to use their time effectively and develop independent study habits and the level of organisation expected of them at senior school.