Working outside the classroom on homework tasks and projects develops the independent learning habits that are so important for success. For us, homework is a really important part of learning. It allows students to go over the work they have been studying at school, to help them to make sense of it in their own way and to help them practise the techniques and skills they have learned. Parents have a big role to play to help with this.
Working at home develops some important aspects for higher learning and development.
Sometimes this can be as simple as practising maths problems that students have already learned to solve in class, developing both persistence and automaticity so that the skills and patterns become second nature. At other times homework can involve something new, perhaps looking at work that will be covered in class the next day: this is called a 'flip' lesson. Sometimes students learn to research a topic independently, reading and making notes. You can read more about what we tend to ask primary students and secondary students to do for homework.
Homework is an opportunity for parents to engage with their children's work. We don't want parents to do homework for children, of course, but it's great when parents act as sounding boards for students who are trying to think their way through a piece of work. We use ODIN and Moodle to tell parents about homework, so that all parents are equipped to have the right conversations at home.