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St Mary S Menston Admissions Essay

Types of Homework

Vocabulary

Without doubt, young people need an ever widening repertoire of vocabulary in order to communicate their knowledge and understanding of subject specialism. When a V appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a challenge related to learning the spelling and/or the definition of key terminology.

Reading:

Reading for purpose is an essential element of being a successful learner. Being able to extract key information from text using a range of styles is empowering for any young person wishing to develop as an independent learner. When a R appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set the challenge of reading a piece of text to be used in a future lesson as a basis for individual, paired or group work.

PREPARATION

Arriving at a lesson having already prepared a series of questions, carried out some research on a topic, or devised a creative response to a set challenge, is a simple yet highly effective homework strategy. When a P appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student is required to prepare in advance of a future lesson in order to create pace and support student centred leadership.

INVESTIGATION

On occasion, a subject teacher may wish to set a piece of investigative homework which spans a series of weeks. When an I appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a challenge in the form of an extended project.

CONSOLIDATION

Having the opportunity to consolidate learning which has taken place in a lesson is not only valid but sometimes essential. When a C appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a piece of work to reinforce what has taken place during the lesson.

Feed Forward

An important characteristic of a successful learner is being aware of our own strengths and weaknesses. Only then are we better equipped to act upon that awareness and change the way we do things. This puts us, the learner, more in control! When a F appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student is required to reflect upon their teacher’s feedback and plan, monitor or evaluate how to improve as a result of the Tip, Challenge or Think that has been set.

St. Mary's Menston Types of Homework (PDF)

We celebrate creativity at St. Mary's Menston and our Art and Design programme offers great opportunities for our students.
 
The work displayed around school and onlin highlight the skilful and thought provoking work created by students of all ages.
 
There is an Art and Technology Exhibition in school each summer. 
 
St. Mary's pupils can be found making and creating in our two large purpose built Art and Design rooms (H36 and H37). Every computer in school has Adobe Creative Suite Software (Photoshop). Additional new computers with big screens have recently been added in our Art classrooms as have iPads. There is also a Kiln.
 
Please explore this section showing some of what we get up to and start thinking about the Art you would like to be engaged in during your time at St. Mary's!

Art and Design News Stories

We celebrate creativity at St. Mary's Menston and our Art and Design programme offers great opportunities for our students.
 
The work displayed around school and onlin highlight the skilful and thought provoking work created by students of all ages.
 
There is an Art and Technology Exhibition in school each summer. 
 
St. Mary's pupils can be found making and creating in our two large purpose built Art and Design rooms (H36 and H37). Every computer in school has Adobe Creative Suite Software (Photoshop). Additional new computers with big screens have recently been added in our Art classrooms as have iPads. There is also a Kiln.
 
Please explore this section showing some of what we get up to and start thinking about the Art you would like to be engaged in during your time at St. Mary's!