Home Learning - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Home Learning

Home Learning – follow the link to view the Home Learning Policy

“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters.”  Colossians 3:23 _____________________________________________________________________________________________

At St Wilfrid’s we believe that a child’s learning is not limited to the confines of the classroom. We will seek to set home learning that enables your child to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. Teachers will ensure that learning is promoted beyond the classroom and that our pupils develop their learning independently at home. It makes clear the nature of setting home learning tasks, the regularity of setting home learning tasks and outlines expectations of form tutor, teachers, parents and pupils in ensuring home learning is completed to a suitable standard and is also relevant, differentiated, meaningful and marked with relevant feedback from each member of staff.

Why is home learning important?

Home learning must enable students to:

  • consolidate/extend work
  • develop research skills
  • have opportunity for independent work
  • access resources not available in the classroom
  • show progress and understanding
  • take ownership and responsibility for learning
  • enhance their study skills

Tasks may include:

  • practice-learn by doing
  • independent learning
  • coursework/controlled assessment preparation
  • research
  • reading
  • interview
  • drawing
  • using ICT
  • recording
  • model making
  • extended writing
  • exam questions and/or tests

Frequency

Given that the demands on each Key Stage and subject area are slightly different, it is difficult to create a policy which outlines the precise number of home learning tasks to be completed and on which day of the week. As a result, the following guidance has been written:

KS5 – Minimum of 2 pieces per subject per week.

KS4 – Options, RE and core MFL – 1 per week. Science – 3 per week. English & Maths – 3 per 2 weeks

KS3 – RE, English, Maths & MFL – 1 per week. Science – 2 per week

All other subjects – 1 every 2 weeks

This allows for the home learning to be well prepared; appropriate and challenging for all learners. A department may also decide that they wish to replace the fortnightly policy for a half termly project based task, especially at Key Stage 3. If this is the case, departments must be consistent in the application of such project tasks and make the success criteria clear to all pupils.  The project task must reflect the amount of work pupils would have carried out if individual tasks had been set instead, weekly.  Where the demands of a course, particularly at Key Stage 4 & 5 warrant home learning to be more than once a week, this is acceptable.  However, reasonable deadlines must be set to enable all pupils to succeed.

All subject areas identify the nature of home learning tasks per half term, in each year group. This information is then available to pupils, parents and form tutors in pupil planners.  All home learning is recorded via SIMS, as well as in pupil planners and can be accessed by both pupils and parents via SIMS Parent App. Information will include the name of the subject and member of staff setting the work, the title of the home learning, the date when the work was set and when the work is due to be completed by.

Parents must:

  • support students but not do the home learning for the student
  • make sure their child is spending the required amount of time completing the home learning
  • help pupils with strategies to cope
  • access home learning logs via the SIMS Parents App
  • please contact school if there is a problem regarding home learning

Pupils must:

  • record their home learning in their planner
  • organise their time to ensure all home learning deadlines are met
  • try their best to produce work of the required standard with each piece of home learning to ensure progress
  • take pride in their work
  • react to all feedback given to make further improvements to their work.