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Homework and Independent Study

Homework and Independent Study – WHY the need for it?

Homework and Independent Study are essential to developing lifelong learning and independent study skills which go way beyond the classroom. 
Homework and Independent Study will;
  • Improve literacy skills, by 20 minutes of reading daily.
  • Embed things learnt in lessons, by revising ( learning ) or doing ( developing skills ).
  • Extend learning, by exploring further and applying things learnt to different contexts.
  • Prepare for the following lesson, by researching or learning in advance.
Homework and Independent Study – WHEN will it be set and done?

At the start of the year, Key Stage 3 students will receive a homework timetable which will outline which subjects they should focus on each night of the week.  

As they progress to Key Stage 4, homework and independent study continues to be set regularly and students are required to become more independent at managing their time and working to deadlines.   By Key Stage 5, Independent Study is an integral part of students’ routines.

Homework and Independent Study – HOW will it be set and monitored?

Homework will be set by class teachers and should be recorded in the Student Planner.  All homework set will be on FROG for students and parents to access and for the school to monitor.

Reading

  • Students are expected to read at home for at least 20 minutes per day.
  • All students are expected to have an Accelerated Reader book with them in their bags at all times
  • Do encourage your child to read at home and ask questions about what they are reading.
  • Do encourage your child to read aloud to you, siblings or other family members.
  • Sign up to ‘Home Connect’ to keep track of your child’s progress
  • Visit your local library and discuss the books you have both enjoyed.
As with anything, performance improves with practice. According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes see the greatest gains.


Homework and Independent Study – WHAT type of learning will it be?

Some subjects will set weekly learning homework, other subjects will set longer projects which will require students to plan their time carefully and ensure they do something each week to add to the project.

The Curriculum Guides for each year group contain a more detailed breakdown of the type of homework set by each subject area for each year group.

The school will :
  • Ensure the subject teachers set appropriate homework
  • Ensure that all homework set is accessible via FROG
  • Check that students are recording homework in planners
  • Provide a timetable for homework and support with time management
  • Give feedback on homework in line with the school’s feedback policy
  • Provide ICT facilities and a quiet space to do work in the library

Parents / carers should :

  • Provide a suitable place at home for students to work at home or encourage them to use the school library.
  • Support the school in valuing homework as an essential part of learning and progress.
  • Check the student planner to ensure that homework is being recorded.
  • Monitor that students are doing the homework that has been set.
  • Use FROG to clarify homework tasks or queries.
  • Support with homework tasks where necessary but encourage students to become increasingly independent in the time management and completion of tasks.
  • Contact the school ( via FROG or a note in the student planner ) if there is a genuine reason why homework could not be completed.
  • Support the school in setting sanctions when homework is not completed.
  • Liaise with the school if there are any concerns regarding homework.

Students should :
  • Value the fact that homework is an essential part of learning and progress.
  • Record all homework set in the Student Planner.
  • Complete the homework set by the deadline given.
  • Use FROG to clarify and complete homework tasks.
  • Learn to manage their time effectively.
  • Find out what classwork and homework has been missed if they were absent from school, and catch up.
  • Accept sanctions when homework is not done.
  • Take pride in the work done at home and complete to the best standard they can.

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