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Home Learning

We believe that the development of independent learning skills allows our students to take more ownership of their education. Promotion of these skills at an early age will help to prepare them for GCSE, A level and beyond and will also support them in their journey to success across the different subject areas.  

Home learning:  

  • Allows students to prepare for their learning in class, or review topics already taught 
  • Develops student independent learning and literacy skills 
  • Provides opportunities for parents to engage with their child’s education 
  • Enables students to stretch themselves, extending their learning where possible. 

Year 7-9 home learning

In core subjects (English, science, humanities and MFL), all students will be set one 30-minute piece of home learning via Microsoft Teams every 7 days. For all other subjects, students will be set a piece of home learning every 14 days. Exceptions to this will be during assessment periods where revision tasks will be placed onto Microsoft Teams over a longer period. Students will be expected to complete revision for assessments over holiday periods. 

Teachers will set either self-quizzing work where students will learn a section of a knowledge organiser through the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method, or set work via an online platform such as Seneca or Sparx. Some practical subjects may choose to set more extended or project-based tasks.

Termly knowledge organiser booklets are provided for students to support them with self-quizzing.

N.B. Maths home learning is set via Sparx Maths for all year groups: students are expected to complete 100% of their compulsory homework each week – a question is considered complete if a student gets it correct or the “Seek Help” function appears. The “Seek Help” function will only appear once a student has watched the instructional video and attempted the question four times.

Where departments choose to set extended or project-based home learning, the total time allocated to home learning will not exceed 30 minutes per week.

Your child will have the work explained to them when home learning is set. They then have 7 days from this point to complete tasks.

Teachers will indicate to students how the piece will be ‘marked’. They may choose to test knowledge or comprehension via a review quiz, sample mark work during a lesson or collect work in to be formally marked. They will also check the student’s home learning book for application to home learning activities.

Year 10 and 11 home learning

KS4 students will be assigned up to 60 minutes of home learning weekly per subject via Microsoft Teams. The expectation is that there is a 7-day period between the setting of the home learning and the due date. Teachers may choose to set self-quizzing using knowledge organisers, online tasks via a range of platforms or more extended essay-based assignments.

Teachers will provide students with relevant knowledge organisers for their course.

Teachers will indicate to students how the piece will be assessed. They may choose to test knowledge or comprehension via a review quiz, sample mark work during a lesson or collect work in to be formally marked. During assessment periods, revision materials may be placed on to Microsoft Teams to replace/in addition to more formal weekly home learning activities.

Year 12 and 13 home learning

Teachers will be setting a minimum of 2 hours a week home learning in each subject. Students will be required to apply their knowledge from their classroom learning to their homework tasks.

This may look like at KS5:

  • Exam questions or past papers
  • Essays
  • Academic readings with questions
  • Research tasks for coursework or NEA units
  • Seneca
  • Revision on a topic area for a topic test, termly knowledge quiz or assessment
  • Extended Project Qualification research.

Students will have 7 days to complete work, but in some cases, staff may extend to 2 weeks if there is a requirement for students to spend more time on their task (i.e coursework units for BTEC subjects).

Students have additional supervised study to support their learning and are expected to use their time effectively during study sessions to support with their independent work (3 per week).