Time for play or time for musical or community activities all have their place in a healthy childhood
At Heritage our curriculum is ambitious and we aim for academic excellence, but we do so in a way that seeks to avoid undue pressure and that promotes balance. Unstructured time for play or time for musical or community activities all have their place in a healthy childhood. This matters because we are as interested in a child’s attitude to learning as we are in his or her academic achievement. Too much intensity too soon can have the opposite of the desired effect.
In the early years we keep homework to a minimum, focusing almost exclusively upon reading skills. As children mature, a modest amount of homework helps build independent study skills and involves parents in the learning process. In the upper end of the Junior School, homework will build up to about 30 minutes per night, five nights per week. In the Senior School expectations step up again. In Years 7 and 8 homework increases to about 45 minutes per night, five nights per week, and in Year 9+ to about an hour.
One feature of our Senior School timetable is that we allocate one to three 45 minute periods each week for supervised independent study. Together with homework, these periods help encourage pupils to develop their capacity for self-education and effective self-management, qualities that distinguish excellent A-level and university students from average ones.
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