Home Learning by Department
In both Key Stages RE homework follows the same structure.
Each unit of work has a Pre Learning Booklet. This is pre topic research work. It includes a variety of tasks including watching videos on line, independent research or reading in advance of a new topic. Each booklet includes key vocabulary and a learning journey outlining topics studied.
Consolidation and Recall tasks are included in a Homework Booklet, for each Unit studied. Tasks include learning of key vocabulary, answering exam style questions and other activities to consolidate learning.
Both booklets are working documents and pupils will add to these in lesson, in order to improve knowledge and understanding and to make further progress.
Homework in KS3 will be set primarily in the Homework Booklet, which will be available in GC. In KS4 homework may be supplemented by use of Pupils Work Books/Revision Guides, Seneca or specific web sites.
In Key Stage 3, teachers may set students ‘Pre-reading’ tasks prior to a lesson, which will involve students watching video tutorials of the skills and techniques they will use the following lesson which will enable them to get a better understanding of what they will be learning about.
This will be set via Google Classrooms, and monitored through question and answer tasks.
In Key Stage 4, students are encouraged to complete a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity outside of lesson time. Although this is not set as a home learning task, students who are able to bring evidence of additional physical activity they’ve completed will gain Class Charts points.
All students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular clubs which will be after school.
GCSE PE and BTEC Sport
For both theoretical subjects, students will be set 1 home learning task a week via EverLearner. Students will be given their own login and directed to what they need to complete for that week. The home learning will involve applying the knowledge they have learnt to examination-style questions. The work is marked automatically so students will receive feedback instantaneously.
Students are also encouraged to join local clubs and attend extra-curricular in order to improve their knowledge and performance in sport.
Health and Social Care
Students will be set 1 home learning task a week via “ZigZag”. Students will be given their own login and directed to what they need to complete for that week. The home learning will involve applying the knowledge they have learnt to examination-style questions. The work is marked automatically so students will receive feedback instantaneously
At Key Stage 3, students will be set one piece of homework per week.
At Key Stage 4, students will be set one piece of homework for each science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) over a two week cycle (equivalent to three pieces of homework per fortnight).
Homework will be meaningful in its consolidation of new learning or independent research linked to future learning (pre learning). Students may also be asked to revise for upcoming assessments or act on feedback that they have received on written work and in assessments.
Homework will be set and uploaded to Google Classroom in order to clearly see deadlines and to help organise completion of homework.
Your child will be set one Home Learning task per week for English. This will be set on Google Classroom. Y7 and Y8 also have Accelerated Reading to complete.
Tasks set should take between 20-30 minutes to finish.
Our Y7 and Y8 pupils will be set a weekly spelling homework for their intervention lessons. This will be on Google Classroom.
In addition, Y7 and Y8 pupils are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Timetabled library lessons facilitate the Accelerated Reading programme; pupils can choose books, enjoy them and then take a quick quiz to meet their reading targets!
Our Y9, Y10 and Y11 pupils will be set a mixture of pre-learning, wider reading and consolidation tasks on Google Classroom. Everything set will enhance your child’s skills and directly feed into the schemes of learning they are studying
Your Creative Arts teachers will set tasks once a fortnight in Key Stage 3 and once a week in Key Stage 4. Tasks might involve a pre-learning task such as listening to a piece of music, watching a Performing Arts video or researching examples of an Artist’s work in order to help you contribute to your next lesson. Consolidation tasks will also be set to help you independently show your understanding of the work you are learning in class. Most homework will be set on google classrooms but if a creative task requires it, you might be asked to record your progress in a booklet which will be given to you at the start of a project.
Homework in the Maths Faculty falls into one of the following three categories:
Pre-learning: Where your teacher may set you a reading task or a video in order to prepare you for a new topic; allowing you to make a head start on your learning.
Consolidation: Where your teacher will set an exercise designed to give you more practice on a skill that you have learned in class. By doing more practice, you are more likely to remember the material in the long term.
Assessment: Where your teacher will set an assignment designed to test your understanding of a topic that you have been covering in class in order to know which skills you may need more revision/ support with.
Homework in Years 7 and 8 will be set online using Mymaths .
Homework in Year 9 and 10 will be set online using Hegarty Maths.
Homework in Year 11 will be based on exam question practice and will be completed on paper.
(Geography, History and Spanish) set a combination of ‘VITA’ tasks to bring each subject to life outside the lesson.
Vocabulary and definitions are vital for understanding key content therefore home learning time is dedicated to these on a regular basis.
ICT (Information Communication Technology): Educational websites such as Seneca Learning and Pearson Active Learn allow students to progress further, faster. Students work at their own pace and receive instant feedback, advice and marks.
Teach a parent/sibling/friend: The act of explaining a concept or topic to somebody else helps solidify the learning in students’ own minds and will help with application of understanding.
Action: Any other task that the teacher believes will complement the learning in class e.g. a worksheet, pre-learning booklet or a specific question to investigate.
All can be pre-learning or consolidation tasks.