The opportunity to reinforce work achieved in School with carefully chosen tasks for homework is part and parcel of School life. Careful thought goes into developing a steady build-up of work to be undertaken that develops good habits for independent working. Tasks are allocated on specific nights and recommended time limits on how long a task should take are given clearly. Time needed and the complexity of the task increases as the children move higher through the School.
Homework consists of consolidation work issued on a regular basis, which should take approximately 10-20 minutes in Years 1 & 2. The School should be informed if a child habitually takes more or less than the allotted time. Reading books are also sent home to be read at the pace of the child. A reading record is issued to each child, which should be brought to school every day. This is used to record what each boy is reading, but can also be used for informal, non-urgent communication with the teacher. Parents are asked to sign the book whenever a reading book, homework piece, or note, comes home, to acknowledge that they have seen it.
Year 5: English and Mathematics tasks are sent home twice a week and Science tasks once a week. Each piece of homework should take up to 30 minutes. Pupils will also practise Verbal Reasoning (VR). Towards the end of Year 5 pupils are given access to Bond Online to further prepare for 11+ examinations. No homework is set on a Wednesday evening.
Year 6: English and Mathematics tasks are sent home twice a week, Verbal Reasoning weekly and a two week cycle is in place for Science, French, TPR, Latin, History and Geography. Each piece of homework should take up to 30 minutes. At the start of Year 6, pupils continue to use Bond Online to further prepare for 11+ examinations. No homework is set on a Wednesday evening.