Home Learning

Home learning is an integral part of a student's learning experience and every student is expected to complete the home learning set for them to the best of their ability. Teachers, students and parents and carers all have  part to play to ensure that learning to be done at home has a positive impact on progress.

In The Down School we use the “Show My Homework” platform to  identify the home learning which has been set.

Home learning is given in order to:

  • Reinforce and consolidate the learning that takes place within the classroom through revision activities and practice questions
  • Allow for an extension to the work carried out within lessons, giving the opportunity to extend knowledge and skills
  • Provide an opportunity for the student to draw upon family and community experience, so linking out of school and lesson experiences
  • Develop the skills for independent learning/study
  • Support formal assessment opportunities that occur in lessons
  • Enable students to understand how subjects interrelate
  • Prepare for future learning

Roles and Responsibilities

Subject Teacher

It is the responsibility of the subject teacher to set quality home learning for which students are able to see the purpose and can identify how it contributes to their learning. This could include, but is not limited to, memory and recall tasks, extended writing tasks, practice questions, research tasks and the learning of key information.

During Year 7 -11, home learning will be set regularly and aligned to the subject knowledge or study skill being developed within the subject. Core subjects (with more lessons per timetable cycle) will set a home learning twice per cycle, whilst other subjects will set home learning once every three lessons. Teachers should expect students to complete all home learning and home learning should support the learning in the subject, this may include regular revision tasks i.e. learning of key words. The size, duration and assessment remain flexible and specific to the subject and teacher.

Home learning set during each half term will be marked in a variety of ways; including peer assessment, self-assessment, verbal checking in class and teacher assessment. It can be used as a starter task to clarify understanding, knowledge and/or recall skills.

It is the responsibility of the subject teacher to set quality home learning for which students are able to see the purpose and can identify how it contributes to their learning. This could include, but is not limited to, memory and recall tasks, extended writing tasks, practice questions, research tasks and the learning of key information.

Student

Students should note all home learning and refer to Show my Homework (SMH) on an ongoing basis in order to complete it according to the expectations set by the subject teacher.

Students should be able to identify the purpose of the home learning, how it contributes to their learning and how it supports the learning being formally assessed each half term.

Students should take time to reflect on any written feedback for home learning, or the assessments linked to home learning, and respond as appropriate.

Should there be an occasion when the setting of home learning does not follow the agreed pattern, this will be communicated to the student via SMH.

Although it may vary dependent on a students’ specific curriculum timetable, students should expect to spend at least:

30 mins – 1 hour a night in KS3

1- 2.5 hours a night in KS4 (including revision)

2-3 hours a night in KS5 (not including personal study time in school)

If students fail to complete home learning to the expectations set by the teacher the school sanctions system will be used.

Parent / Carers

Parents / Carers  are asked to check Show my Homework regularly to ensure that home learning is accessed by students and completed. 

Parents and Carers are asked to:

  • provide a suitably quiet place in which children can do their home learning
  • support their children in the completion of home learning
  • encourage independent learning and a resilient attitude to learning outside of the classroom
  • ensure that they demonstrate that they value home learning
  • encourage their children and praise them when they have completed their home learning
  • be supportive of home learning obligations when planning family commitments

 

 

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