Cultivating learning and study skills plays an important role in the programme implemented at CGS. It concerns both the approach to all teaching subjects as well as the study programme, which is included 3 times a week in the extended curriculum for PYP Years 1 and 2.
The main class teacher and the study teacher (in the cases where they are different) are primarily responsible for the cultivation of relevant skills and collaborate closely as well as with other class teachers. Completing the homework for the following day is not a priority at CGS, as the study skills that students acquire are those that will prove to be useful to them in the future.
The main class teachers agree with each student about the subject they are starting to deal with during the study period, as well as the details which they should pay special attention to according to their needs. They inform the study supervisor if the students are unable to do the homework themselves.
The aim is to begin the process of study for PYP Years 1 and 2 in the form of consolidation – application in the last five minutes of the course so that children understand the instructions and the content of the activities they have to carry out.
In the more advanced classes, the study lessons begin in the form of consolidation – application in the completion of teaching in such a way so as to ensure that all students are able to continue to consolidate and apply new knowledge at home.
The total time spent at home doing homework depends on the individual educational needs of each student and on their personal work rate. We estimate that the amount of time spent on homework should range from 15 to 20 minutes for a PYP Year 1 student and from 60 to 90 minutes for a PYP Year 6 student.