There will be some changes to how we set homework this year. It will now be known as ‘home learning’. The name change is designed to reflect the fact that learning is not confined to school but is a constant in all of our lives. We are asking you as parents and carers to become even more involved in your child’s learning. The main differences to the policy are:
- Students are expected to read for 15 minutes every day.
- Students are expected to complete a ‘learning log’ where they reflect on what they have learned during the day and what they might need to do next. There will be an ‘online log’ available or a book if students prefer.
- Homework will be set in advance and students will have a choice over what tasks they complete, with guidance being given by their teacher. You will be able to see the tasks by logging into Show My Homework (the link is on our website).
- The tasks should stretch students thinking and encourage independence and creativity, vital skills for successful students.
- We are setting up a ‘Study Support Session’ on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Learning Centre. If students are not completing home learning tasks they will be asked to attend a study support session, where they can access help for their homework. The study support sessions will also be open to all students whether they need help or not. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your son/daughter to attend these sessions and will inform you by letter if we think your child would benefit from attending.
This is a new system and we will review it as it unfolds. We ask that you support us in encouraging your student to complete learning every evening. Reading a good book and reflecting on their learning will really improve their prospects in examinations as it is proven to improve literacy, memory and self-regulation.