HAVE YOU DONE YOUR HOMEWORK?
You can learn a lot about a school’s approach to homework by investigating a few important principles:
- Tasks: it’s better to ask pupils to do fewer tasks thoroughly than many only moderately well.
- Time: younger children should not spend too much time completing prep, but older kids can do more.
- Feedback: how quickly is homework marked and returned? The longer your child has to wait for feedback, the less impact it will have.
Don’t be tempted to help your child too much – the best learning often takes place in the (supported) struggle with the material. Younger children benefit from having a set time for homework and working in a communal space, such as the kitchen.
Source: Trinity School
PARENTS: ESSENTIAL HOME EDUCATORS
There is no greater investment than education. Having witnessed first hand the enormous difference parental support can make in ensuring a child reaches their potential, Exceptional Academics offers its top five tips to parents.
- Read together and discuss texts: by reading fiction and nonfiction, children are exposed to different genres and techniques, improving their vocabulary and writing style. Oral questioning aids comprehension.
- Test their mental arithmetic: assessing the four operations and a range of multi-step problems is vital.
- Play numeracy and word games: making a subject fun fuels your child’s desire to learn.
- Practise exam papers: familiarity with paper layout, question types and timings strengthens children’s confidence, giving them a competitive edge.
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance. Children need time to play and rest. A happy child works happily!