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Independent Home Learning (IHL) & Homework

Home Learning (IHL) is a key part of personalised learning and assessment for learning. IHL is intended to increase student’s appreciation and ownership of learning. It also develops independent learning. Students will practice and develop a range of skills which will help them to be more effective learners and which will support their progress. IHL is important in raising student achievement. IHL may be a development of a topic or skill that has been taught in class or it may be something separate which complements the learning.  Students can complete IHL in ways which suit their own circumstances and learning styles, so it is not merely homework. IHL is marked using clear criteria and there will be clear feedback which enables students to understand what they have achieved and how they can improve further.

We aim to:

  • Encourage students to take charge of their own learning
  • Motivate students to do their best and to make good progress
  • Inform students of what they have achieved and how they can improve
  • Gather information which informs planning, teaching and target setting
  • Track students’ achievement and progress
  • Employ the best practice associated with assessment for learning
     

Home Learning (IHL) is for years 7. The main features are as follows:

  • Pre-published fortnightly subject rota, excluding first and last weeks of the school year  
  • Substantial tasks which develop independent, personalised learning
  • Differentiated tasks
  • Can be used to contribute to end of unit assessment
     

Click here to download a copy of our Parental Guide to IHL.

Independent Home Learning Schedule 2014 -2015 (1 term only)

Week Beginning

Subject

8th September

Humanities

22nd September

Technology and Creative Arts

6th October

English

20th October

Science

10th November

Maths

24th November

Sport & Performance

8th December

Languages and Culture

 

Homework - Years 7 - 13

Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.

When will homework be set?

As students get older, the amount of work they have to complete out of lessons increases. Homework is not optional. It is set to complement the work undertaken in class and it is expected that students complete it on time. School expectation is that subjects teachers who meet classes two or more times per week (e.g. English, Maths, Science, MFL, History, Geography, Technology) will normally set homework tasks each week. Teachers who meet classes only once a week will normally set homework tasks at least one occasion per fortnight.

Homework will be set for students in Years 9-11 on a weekly basis and should be completed on an allocated night according to the Homework timetable. Some teachers may set a project to be completed over a number of weeks. If this is the case, then teachers will monitor progress on a weekly basis.

Year 7

Day

Homework to be completed on this day

Monday

History, RE, MFL

Tuesday

Art, Maths, MFL (2)

Wednesday

Science, DT

Thursday

Performing Arts, ICT

Friday & weekend

English, Geography, Explore

Year 8

Day

Homework to be completed on this day

Monday

Science, DT, RE

Tuesday

Performing Arts, ICT

Wednesday

English, Geography, Explore

Thursday

History, RE, MFL

Friday & weekend

Art, Maths, MFL (2)

Year 9

Day

Homework to be completed on this day

Monday

English, Geography, Explore

Tuesday

History, RE, MFL

Wednesday

Art, Maths, MFL (2)

Thursday

Science, DT, RE

Friday & weekend

Performing Arts, ICT

Year 10

Day

Homework to be completed on this day

Monday

English, Science

Tuesday

Option A, Biology

Wednesday

Option B, Chemistry

Thursday

Option C, Physics

Friday and weekend Option D, Maths, PAL

Year 11

 

Day

Homework to be completed on this day

Monday

Maths, Science

Tuesday

Option A, Physics, PAL

Wednesday

Option B, Biology

Thursday

Option C, Chemistry

Friday and weekend

English RE

 

Homework will be set in the last lesson that a student has in each subject during the week for completion the following week. Homework will be handed in during the last lesson that the student has in that subject the following week. Homework which has been handed in will be recorded by the class teacher. It can be assessed in a variety of ways in just the same way that class work can be.

Sixth Form

In Sixth Form students should be given up to one hour of independent work to complete for each lesson they attend per subject.  This would therefore be approximately 4 hours independent work to complete each week outside of lesson time per subject.  However, at certain times in the year this may increase to support the students in their work.