In the Early Years, parents are asked to submit a minimum of one piece of work for their child each week but you can submit more. This could be a photo, video or piece of writing. Class teachers will provide feedback to each child.
For the Upper and Lower school, assessed work for English and Maths is expected to be submitted back to teachers weekly. Individual feedback will be provided for these pieces of work via MST either verbally or in writing. Individual teachers will make clear their expectations around submitting work when individual tasks are set. Additional pieces of work may be shared with the class teachers via MST or email for informal feedback, however, there is no expectation for teachers to mark all children’s work. Some activities will require self-assessment or parental input.
Teaching staff will be keeping a close eye on academic work and will be regularly assessing and reviewing pupils’ attainment and progress. This assessment will continue in line with our usual framework, taking into account both effort and attainment. Where there are specific concerns in any of these areas, our usual school approach will apply; Form teachers will work collaboratively with parents to ensure progress is made. We understand the need for flexibility at this time, therefore if you require any support with regard to completing or submitting work for assessment, please speak to your child’s form tutor.
Homework and personal study
As well as helping to consolidate what a child has learnt during the school day, homework is part of the process which develops independent learning.
- For those pupils in Nursery I, II, Reception, Form I and Form II there will be a variety of optional extras built into the timetable which can be completed as part of an after school activity if desired. We would also encourage parents to read with and tell stories to their children on a daily basis.
- For those pupils in Form III there will be a variety of optional extras built into the timetable which can be completed as part of an after school activity if desired.
- For those pupils in Form IV there will be homework set throughout the week, this will take the form of Literacy, Numeracy, Spelling or another subject e.g. History, Science, Geography etc. Weekend homework may include project work.
- For those pupils in Form V there will be a piece of homework set every night, this will take the form of Literacy, Spelling, Numeracy or another subject e.g. History, Science, Geography etc. Weekend homework will take the form of two separate pieces of work; Literacy and Numeracy with a focus on preparation for the 11+ exam. Form V will also attend the after school 11+ club (live session) on a Wednesday between 4 and 5pm.
- For those pupils in Form VI there will be a variety of optional extras built into the timetable which can be completed as part of an after school activity if desired.
There is an expectation that all pupils read daily, aside from their timetable. As a guide, we recommend the following as minimum times:
- For those pupils in Nursery I, II & Reception who are unable to read independently, teachers will be providing online storytime sessions.
- Form I & II pupils are required to read for 10-20 minutes a day with additional challenges set by the Form teacher, for example, to write a simple book review, write a character description, create a storyboard etc once they have completed a book.
- Form III & IV pupils are encouraged to read for 20-30 minutes a day with additional challenges set by the Form teacher, for example, writing an alternative ending, a diary extract for one of the characters, writing a script for a scene etc.
- Form V & VI pupils are encouraged to read for 30-40 minutes a day with additional challenges set by the Form teacher, for example, writing a persuasive piece, book review, adapting to the story for a different audience etc.
- There will also be class reading sessions whereby the class read their favourite book together.
- Oxford House follows the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, e-books from this scheme can be found on the Oxford Owl website.
Common Entrance and Scholarship Examinations
Our Form VI pupils are given guidance and support through the whole transition phase including the daunting tasks of the various entrance requirements for each individual school. We advise all parents to regularly access the CSSE.org.uk website for up to date information regarding the application process for the 11+ exam.
We are extremely proud of all of our pupils and bid them a fond farewell as they move on to pastures new. The majority of our pupils go on to take up places at The Royal Grammar School for boys and County High School for Girls whilst some pupils secure places at other local independent schools; often gaining a scholarship programme and distinguished comprehensive secondary schools. We are very happy to discuss the topic of future schools with you and provide you with as much information as possible to enable you to make the best decision for your child.