Being Prepared for Learning
You may find that, at secondary school, you will need to take a greater responsibility for ensuring that you are well organised and prepared for learning at all times. Here are some tips to help you to get the most out of your education at Oakbank.
Your planner can be really useful tool. It contains your weekly timetable, an essential equipment list, and an academic year planner. You are required to record all homework assignments together with the date they are to be handed in. Remember to include enough detail to avoid confusion later. You can also use your planner to write comments or reminders such as handing in forms to your form tutor, bringing in money for a cake sale or renewing your library book, etc.
Refer to your planner and timetable each evening to ensure you have everything you’ll need for the following day such as books, completed homework and equipment. Pack your school bag the night before to avoid undue stress and panic in the morning!
Make it part of your daily routine to check that your uniform is clean and tidy. Also make sure that the following essential equipment is brought to school every day:
BLUE OR BLACK PENS
At Oakbank, home learning is an important part of every student’s education. Home learning helps you to become an independent learner and creative thinker. These skills will help you as you progress in your education.
Always aim to complete home learning in advance of the deadline. This will allow you time to seek help from a teacher if there is anything you don’t understand, research information on the internet or go to the library to gather additional learning resources where needed.
It can be really helpful to have a dedicated work area at home for studying and completing homework. A desk, chair and somewhere to store books, as well as a supply of stationery, can make home learning feel like less of a task.
Periodic drinks and snacks can also help reduce the perceived burden of home learning!
It shouldn't be all about work; we want you to enjoy a healthy balance between school life and leisure time. It’s important that you organise your time carefully so that as well as making time for home learning, you are also able to enjoy other activities that take place after school.
However you are travelling to school – by car, bicycle, public transport or on foot - plan your route in advance to make sure that you will always arrive at school on time. If you cycle, it is essential that your bike is roadworthy with working front and rear lights and that you wear a cycle helmet and reflective clothing for your own safety.