Engaging with Home Learning

The aim of St Thomas More Catholic school’s homework policy is to encourage the continuation of learning at home as an essential part of a pupil’s education. Homework not only reinforces classroom learning, it also helps pupils to develop skills, attitudes, and understanding that they need to reach their full potential and to develop self-learning skills for the future. It encourages exploration, investigation, creative thinking, and can help develop self-confidence.

The objectives of setting homework are:

  • To encourage pupils to develop the skills, study habits, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own, which is vital given the importance to pupils for lifelong learning and adaptability.
  • Consolidating, reinforcing, extending and revisiting skills and understanding developed at school.
  • Allow pupils the opportunity for further study of the subject.
  • Extending school learning, for example through additional reading.
  • Promote a curiosity amongst pupils linked to the particular subject.

To help your child their home learning, you should:

  • Provide a reasonably quiet and suitable place for your child to complete their homework (where possible).
  • Make it clear that you value the importance of homework, and support the school by explaining how homework can help your child make progress at school.
  • Encourage your child to complete their homework, and praise them when they have done so.
  • Check deadlines are met.
  • Signing your child’s homework diary at the end of each week.
  • Checking My Child At School (MCAS) for behaviour updates, as well as details of homework set.

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