Why do we set home learning?
At North Walsham High School we believe that home learning should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:
- extend and support classwork
- consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
- extend and support every child’s learning
- develop the skills of an Independent Learner
- develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
- allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
- develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce.
How and where should home learning be recorded?
Home learning should be recorded on Show My Homework (and after Sept 2017 will be shown on the Frog VLE). It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is home learning/coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the home learning each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.
What sort of work is set?
Home learning should be meaningful, interesting and worthwhile. It should support development of the specific subject the student is learning. It might consist of:
- short tasks
- longer projects or coursework.
How much home learning is set?
The amount of home learning set will be dependent on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:
- short tasks – such as My Maths home learning – might take half an hour each week
- longer projects lasting over half a term or coursework may take several hours in total.
How long will students get to complete the work?
Home learning deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:
- short tasks may have a deadline of one week
- longer projects or coursework may have a deadline of half a term