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Home Learning

 Home learning is an essential part of your child’s education. As pupils progress through the school, they will be expected to become more and more independent in their study. Research by The Sutton Trust shows that home learning in secondary school is much more important and has much more impact compared to primary school pupils. The research shows that quality home learning will add around five months’ worth of progress (see the research here https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/teaching-learning-toolkit/homework-secondary/). 

Through our afternoon Learning Group session, all pupils will be supported with a quiet space to start their home learning. It is recommended that pupils should do between 60 and 90 minutes of home learning every evening.  

Teachers will set home learning, which will be entered on Arbor and can be checked on the parent portal, as well as being recorded in pupils’ School Planners. In addition to the set home learning, pupils will be expected to read every day for at least 20 minutes. Pupils will also have access to learning materials online, including through doddlelearn.co.uk, to study independently (they can never tell you they have nothing to do!). 

We do not have a set home learning timetable. For example, Maths on a Monday and Thursday as these are often too restrictive and do not fit in with schemes of learning; however, teachers are mindful of giving pupils sufficient time to complete any tasks and will try not to overload them with short deadlines. 

Core subjects and languages will set two home learning tasks each week. It is likely that one will be a learning activity and one a more detailed piece of work related to the previous learning or upcoming learning.

History, Geography, and Art will set one piece of home learning each week. Practical subjects may set a piece of home learning each week or it may be less frequently.

Learning activities may be LASACAWAC tasks (Look and Say and Cover and Write and Check) or use other learning resources, such as memory cards or knowledge organisers.

How can you help your child with home learning?

You can help you child by making a routine:

  • Get them to sit down at a regular time each day and at the weekend
  • Check their planner and home learning online
  • Make sure that your child has a quiet environment to learn
  • Make sure that they do the work specific for the day, so they do not create a backlog
  • Ensure that each piece of home learning is completed with pride, and in line with the presentation policy
  • If necessary, you may help them by explaining work, talking through ideas, or asking questions
  • Ensure that they complete their daily reading, and ask them about what they have read
  • If you feel your child is receiving too little home learning, please write to or email their Learning Coach

Help from school with home learning

At the end of every day, pupils will spend 30 minutes working on their home learning with their Learning Coach. We will also operate a supervised Evening Study session from Monday to Thursday after school.