When The Aquila School was in the planning stages, our leadership team spent a lot of time talking to families about what The Aquila School offers and how we are different from other British schools in Dubai. A subject that comes up very often is homework.
In our primary school, children work very hard all day, engaged in active learning. They take part in a wide range of activities and after a busy day learning, they are (usually) physically and mentally exhausted. At The Aquila School, we want children to develop into rounded individuals with a range of interests, so time after school can be spent pursuing them. We also want children to have time to relax, to be with their families, and to reflect on what they have learnt that day.
As such, primary school homework at The Aquila School includes:
- Regular reading with an adult at home – an enjoyable shared experience
- Giving the children the opportunity (if they wish) to talk about their learning at home, consolidating and reflecting on how their learning can be applied to the real world
- Completing individual projects that link to what is being learnt in class – but only if they are intrinsically motivated to
Key stage 3 (Year 7 to 9)
When the children are in year 10 and 11 and are preparing for international examinations there will be a lot of homework to do. Therefore, in year 7 we will introduce more formal homework so they children get used to independent study not during the school day. However, we still wish to maintain the Aquila view that as children work so hard in school during the day they need time to relax and pursue other interests at home.
In Key Stage 3 the children will receive regular reading homework to develop their reading skills and a love of reading plus homework in other subjects when relevant and purposeful.
Our view is simple – give children amazing learning at school, and allow them to enjoy exploring other interests and enjoy childhood when they get home.
The weekly newsletter lets families hear what the children are learning and how families can help at home. This is supported by a range of family workshops and a year group handbook and parent information meetings.