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Academic routines


Equipment needed at School

Homework is designed to help reinforce or extend work in the classroom. Pupils should not spend longer than the times suggested below. Parents are advised to stop their child once they have completed the allotted time. We do not want homework to result in upset or be the cause of friction. If your child is finding the work too difficult, please write a note in the Prep Diary or contact your child’s Form Tutor, preferably by email.

We also recognise that pupils have a variety of commitments out of school. On match days when an away fixture is scheduled, pupils may not have time to complete their homework. Should your child be unable to complete an assignment due to commitments or domestic arrangements, please make a note in the Prep Diary and teachers will be happy to agree an extension. Tired pupils should not be forced to complete homework.


Year 3

Pupils in Year 3 will receive 20 minutes of homework each day. Reading is expected each night for 10 minutes.

Year 4

Pupils in Year 4 will receive daily homework of approximately 20-30 minutes. Some homework may be to conduct research about a topic or to complete work begun in class. Reading is expected each night for 10 minutes.

Year 5

Pupils in Year 5 will receive daily homework of approximately 30 minutes. Reading is expected each night for 10 minutes.

Year 6

Pupils in Year 6 will receive daily homework of approximately 30-40 minutes. Reading is expected each night for 10 minutes.


Prep Diaries

Pupils are given Prep Diaries at the start of the year. The diaries also provide useful study skills information. The Prep Diary serves many purposes including a means by which parents may communicate with their child’s Form Tutor concerning homework and other school matters. Parents are asked to sign the diary each night to state that the homework has been completed. The pupils are responsible for looking after their Prep Diary. Should a pupil need a replacement diary, a small cost will be added to the school bill.


Pupils should have a pencil case in school. It should contain:

  • An ink pen, roller ball or Berol Handwriting Pen (Upper School) Please note that biros are not appropriate
  • Replacement ink cartridges (if required in Upper School)
  • A pencil
  • A pencil sharpener
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • Pencil crayons



Pupils are encouraged to keep their reading book with them at all times. Please try to hear your child read each evening. You do not need to read a great deal; a few pages read on a regular basis is fine. Please keep a record of your child's reading in his Reading Record.



These will be given out each week for the spelling test the following week. The pupils should practise the words at home during the week using the LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, and CHECK method.



The schedule for games lessons is as follows:

Year 3: Friday

Year 4: Tuesday

Year 5: Monday

Year 6: Wednesday

Pupils should bring their games bag with the appropriate kit to school on their games day and take it home with them at the end of the day.



During the pupils’ PE lessons, they will participate in swimming, athletics, tennis and hockey as well as more traditional gymnastics and movement. PE kit, including trainers, should also be kept in school and returned home at weekends for washing. Pupils should have a pair of indoor trainers to avoid mud being transported into the hall.

The schedule for PE lessons is as follows:

Year 3: Thursday

Year 4: Tuesday

Year 5: Friday

Year 6: Monday

Fixture information can be viewed online via the school website or at (Password W4rw1ck)



A copy of the timetable will be distributed at the start of the year. This timetable may be subject to change on occasions. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask your child's form teacher. The Headmaster is always available to talk to parents by appointment.