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Home Learning

At The Castle School we believe that home learning is one of a range of teaching and learning styles available to us and is important for a number of reasons:

  • it encourages students to study on their own
  • it helps them to develop perseverance, self-discipline and organisation
  • it allows parents and other adults to become involved in students’ work
  • students can practice skills learned in school 
  • they can consolidate knowledge if there is a gap in learning
  • more rapid progress can be made as more ground is covered
  • work in school can concentrate on activities requiring the teacher's presence
  • it enables the use of materials and information sources not available in the classroom

What types of home learning tasks are set?

Home learning may take a variety of forms.   It might involve writing, drawing, revising, memorising, reading, investigating, collecting data, Internet research, watching a particular TV programme, etc.  There will be some variety in the ways in which home learning tasks are set, but as a guide, students should be spending approximately 30 minutes per subject per week in Year 7, increasing gradually through the years.

How will home learning be assessed/monitored?

Home learning tasks may be teacher marked, peer- assessed or self-assessed.  Students’ learning may be checked through tests, presentations, performances or discussions.

How can parents help with home learning?

There are many ways in which parents and carers can help:  encouraging and supporting their child, checking presentation, handwriting and spelling, testing what has been set to be learnt, listening to them read what they have written, asking them to explain what they have been studying. 

It is not helpful to do their work for them, but where there is difficulty, parents can help by talking through with their child what they think is needed or what they do not understand.

We ask parents to support us in seeing that homework is done conscientiously and in the best possible conditions.   To do their homework well students need somewhere quiet, where they can sit comfortably, at a table to work.  Parents should ask to see their child's Homework Diary and sign it each week, to indicate that they have looked at it, before the form tutor countersigns it. 

Children work at different speeds and so home learning tasks will take longer for some than for others.   If there is a repeated difficulty, we encourage parents to contact the subject teacher or form tutor.   Similarly we will make contact if we are concerned about home learning problems which parents could help resolve.    

Homework Timetable

A homework timetable, which offers guidance on the amount and frequency of homework which pupils can expect to receive from each subject area is available on ‘Show My Homework’ which is a communication tool for students and parents.        https://www.satchelone.com/calendar/school

'Show My Homework' is an online platform which can be accessed via an App or computer. We believe that it will support pupils to produce quality pieces of homework by enabling them to access more detailed instructions and guidance from their teachers as well as support materials, and will help them manage their workload. Parents will be given personal log-in details to access this information about your child's homework tasks.

 

Where can students go for further information or additional resources?

Students should consult their teachers if they are unsure about home learning tasks, but they may also find help from the Resource Centre, and recommended websites. Below is some subject specific guidance.

https://hegartymaths.com/ ‚Äč

KS3

What types of home learning tasks are set?

Where can students go for further information or

additional resources?

English

Reading, Research

Learning key words

Planning, drafting and revising pieces of writing

Maths

Hegarty Maths - tayloered video tutorials, quizzes and revision tools.  

 Bitesize KS3

                   KS4

Mathed UP - 

 

Corbett Maths - 

 

 

Maths Genie - Past papers and markschemes.

Revision guide and workbook

https://hegartymaths.com/ 

 Login with school, name, date of birth.

 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zqhs34j

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z9p3mnb

https://www.mathedup.co.uk/gcse-maths-takeaway/

Free topic based revision with videos and worked solutions. 

 https://corbettmaths.com/contents/

Worksheets and practice exam papers. Video tutorials and worked solutions 

https://www.mathsgenie.co.uk/papers.html

 

Available from the student centre for a reduced price.

Science

Revision guides - CGP

KS3

GCSE Combined Science

GCSE Biology AQA

GCSE Chemistry AQA

GCSE Physics AQA

Seneca learning KS3 and GCSE

Free science lessons -GCSE

 

https://www.primrosekitten.com/ 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h

 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9ddmp3
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zs6hvcw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpm6fg8

https://www.senecalearning.com/

 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

MFL

Consolidation exercises

skills practice and GCSE preparation

 

 

 

ask MFL teacher for log-in details

Humanities

Year 9 and Christianity (GCSE)

Year 9 and Islam (GCSE)

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zh7bxyc

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf64pg8

Art

Drawing

Research

Independent projects

 Art and photography at KS4 

Art Rooms every lunchtime

Visit Art Galleries, Museums, Libraries

 

https://www.art2day.co.uk/  (password = imagine)

Music

 

Tasks set in a termly

booklet

ICT

Learning key terms and definitions.

Consolidation exercises

Refinement or improvement of classwork tasks.

Online tests and theory work.

Research tasks.

 

PE

Monitoring fitness and activity levels

Monitoring diet

Exam tasks

DT

Question and Answer

Designing

Planning and Preparation

Market Research