At St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy teaching staff recognise that pupils who have spent a busy structured day at school need time to relax and unwind at the end of the afternoon.
We are also mindful of the need to encourage children to pursue out-of-school activities, e.g. swimming, ballet, Beavers, Brownies, music lessons etc.
We believe that homework activities should be introduced gently to avoid resentment, friction and conflict.
Homework should be used to effectively reinforce and/or extend what is learned in school.
Homework is planned to be meaningful. We hope that children will feel a sense of personal satisfaction in a task completed well and that their efforts will be recognised and praised both at home and at school.
This approach aims to support children’s growing perception about their ability to complete a task outside the school environment. It also fosters the skills of independent learning.
We all recognise the importance of providing positive feedback to the children and, being generous in our praise, within the context of our expectations of each pupil’s achievement. We encourage children to follow up an aspect of school work by visiting different sources of information e.g. local library, the Internet, etc.
We want the children to think of this work as valuable and as a challenge. It should be undertaken to the best of their ability.
We hope parents and carers will be willing and able to give their active support to ensure that work done at home is completed conscientiously and in the best possible conditions.
We are mindful that specific tasks in the form of Individual Education Programmes for children with Special Educational Needs will be set. Parents will be made aware of this as appropriate.
Children attending peripatetic music lessons are also expected to practice in their own time.