This September, the Prep School announced a radical overhaul of its homework policy swapping a significant proportion of the work undertaken at home for longer-term, curiosity projects. Regular weekly homework on subjects such as English and Maths has remained whilst girls have also be enrolled on a computer coding course to work on either at home or at their After School Homework Club.
Curiosity projects are child-led, enquiry-based research explorations on a topic of personal interest to the student. The project’s goals are for girls to initiate their own learning, gather information, share information and reflect on their findings.
Head of Prep, Miss Annabel Ramsey said: “The choice really is theirs as we value all subjects and want to give the girls a chance to immerse themselves in their own interests and curiosities. Such work is the perfect complement to our Learn Challenge Curriculum and encourages independent practise and further development of the enquiry and learning skills taught at school.”
“Researching something which truly excites them is far better preparation for independent thinking and learning than traditional ‘homework’ and it’s been fantastic to see the phenomenal responses to this style of learning this half term.”