Academic Matters

Academic Matters


Parents will receive three academic progress reports each year – one per term. Autumn and spring reports will be short interim reports. At the end of the Summer Term you will receive a longer end of year report and a general summary of the student’s personal and social development. Individual SMART pupil targets will be included in the report to highlight key areas for improvement. Please discuss the reports with your child to help support their learning at home. A summary of each child’s punctuality and attendance is included on the reports. Please note that we can only distribute reports at the end of school on the day of issue. At any time within the school year, you can request a meeting to talk about your child’s progress. As in many other schools, it is not our practice to send workbooks home, but we would encourage you to make an appointment to talk with the teacher, see the books and discuss the work in context.

Homework (Home Support)

“Learning at home is an essential part of the good education to which all our children are entitled. It is not just about reinforcing learning in the classroom, although that is important. A good, well organised homework program helps children and young people to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful, independent, lifelong learning. Homework supports the development of independent learning skills, so inquiry and investigation are seen as part of the learning process. Given the increasing importance to everyone of flexibility and the ability to learn independently, developing these skills and attitudes must be a central aim for all schools.” – David Blunkett (Former Secretary of State, UK)

AAESS bases our homework policy on UK government guidelines which emphasize the importance of homework and how it helps your child to learn.[/one_half_last]

Why homework is important?

  • It raises children’s achievement
  • It consolidates and extends the work they have done in school
  • It helps to inform parents about their child’s school work and gives them the opportunity to support this work
  • Working independently is a valuable life skill and develops good work habits for secondary school and beyond

What sort of activities should children be doing?

Our homework activities are related to the work your child is doing at school, but will not always be written work.

For young children it will usually be:

  • Reading with parents or carers
  • Games or activities to practice literacy, maths or other skills

For older children, homework may also include:

  • Reading
  • Preparing a presentation to the class
  • Personal research
  • Designing or making something
  • Trying out a simple scientific experiment
  • Solving problems
  • Completing literacy, maths or other work

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