At Longdendale we truly value the formation of partnerships between home and school. One of the ways in which this can be best achieved is through home learning activities.
Here at Longdendale we look at home learning as an opportunity to enrich the learning of our students and believe that is a valuable tool which also prepares our students for the demands that they may face later on life.
Why Is Home Learning Important?
Home Learning is valuable for the following reasons:
- It can support children to make more rapid progress in learning.
- It promotes independent learning. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and will prepare them for the demands of independent revision.
- Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds.
- It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom.
- It can allow children to use materials and other sources of information or experiences that are not always available in the classroom.
- It can involve parents and others in the child’s work for their mutual benefit.
- It can give opportunities for long term research and other work.
- It can give pupils valuable experience of working to deadlines.
How do we set Home Learning?
We believe that learning can take place in many different forms and that home learning does not always have to be piece of writing. We like to offer variety and staff in each subject area will set a range of home learning activities that compliment and consolidate the learning taking place in the classroom.
In Year 7 and 8, students will be set specific home learning tasks by each subject area. In core subjects such as English and maths, home learning will be set once a week. In other subjects such as Drama and Art, home learning tasks will be set once a fortnight. Each subject area has written their own policy regarding what home learning tasks will entail. Students use their planners to record details about the task set and when the home learning task should be completed by.
All home learning in Years 9-11 is designed to assist students in preparing for their final exams. This will take many forms including; research, revision, developing exam technique, and embedding new skills or new learning. The amount of home learning given will vary depending on year group and subject, however students in Key Stage 4 should be completing between 1 and 2 hours per night. As exams and assessments approach, students should spend an increasing amount of time revising independently as appropriate.
A home learning club runs at break time everyday where students can get support from staff and complete tasks set.