Prep (Homework)

Prep in the Pre-Prep School provides opportunities to consolidate learning and prepare for future academic challenges. It is assessed in both formative and summative ways and includes:

  • Consolidation of learning in English, Mathematics, Theme and Languages.
  • Research prior to the start of a theme or to find out more about a current theme.
  • Theme-related projects.
  • Working towards project presentations.

Each child in Pre-Prep School has a Prep book that contains sections for English, Mathematics, Theme and Chinese. Prep is handed out on a Monday and is due in the following Monday. Each week, pupils are given:

  • One piece of English
  • One piece of Mathematics
  • One piece of Theme
  • One piece of Chinese

Expectations of time spent on Prep

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
5-10 minutes for each activity 10-15 minutes for each activity

15-20 minutes for each activity

15-20 minutes for each activity 20-25 minutes for each activity

In all Pre-Prep year groups, weekly spellings and times tables are given for pupils to practice and learn. This does not constitute a piece of English or Mathematics Prep, but a standing requirement of pupils.

Daily reading is expected. Younger children take home short picture books and change them on a regular basis. Older children take home chapter books and change them on a less frequent basis. Parents are requested to regularly listen to their children read or to read to them, as this greatly helps with their learning and is an important bonding time for families.

Project Work
At times, year groups may wish to ask pupils to carry out more in depth project work that requires more than the allotted time for any one of the Prep tasks. In this case, an explanation is sent with the Prep stating that the usual pattern of Prep is amended for the week in order that children can divert time to the project.