The reasons for homework
We believe that homework is an essential part of a child's education and can add much to their development. The educational experience that any school by itself can provide is limited by the time and resources available; children can therefore benefit greatly from the complementary learning that they do at home.
At St Mary's we see homework as an important part of the cooperation between staff and parents/carers. One of the aims of our teaching is for children to develop as independent learners, and we believe that doing homework is one of the main ways in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.
Homework plays a positive role in raising a child's level of attainment, by both supporting and challenging them in their learning. However, we also acknowledge the important role of play and free time in a child's growth and development. While homework is important, it should not prevent children from taking part in the activities of various out-of-school clubs and of other organisations that play an important part in their lives.
The aims and objectives of homework at St Mary's
- to enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;
- to help pupils develop the skills of an independent learner;
- to promote cooperation between home and school in supporting each child's learning;
- to provide educational experiences not possible in school;
- to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school, and to allow children to practise skills taught in lessons;
- to help children develop good work habits for the future;
- to promote enjoyment of learning.
Most parents feel that homework is appropriate, for the age of their children, and that it prepares them well for their future learning. (Ofsted June 2016)