We have a firm and clear policy on home learning which all students are expected to follow. A home learning timetable is issued for each year group and all students have their own journal in which they record the set home learning. This is monitored by parents/carers and tutors to ensure completion and progress.
Each year group in Years 7, 8 and 9 is divided into forms. Each of these takes an initial letter from the words "Notley HS", for example 7N, 8S. The academic year is then split into alternate "A" and "B" weeks, and home learning is then given according to the specific timetable.
Home learning guide for parents/carers
Home learning is important because:
- it will allow students to practice ideas first used in the classroom
- it gets the students into a study habit ready for GCSEs
- it allows students to take ideas from the classroom and develop them further
- it allows a link to develop between home and school
It is very important for your child that you show your support for them in doing home learning. To help you know what is going on with home learning your child is issued with a student planner at the start of the school year in September. In this planner there is a page showing the home learning timetable, which subjects your child should have for home learning on each evening. Please make sure that you sign this page in September.
In the planner there is a double page spread for each week where your child should each week write down the home learning that has been set. Please could you check what home learning is being set and whether or not your child is doing it and each week sign the section at the bottom of each double page spread.
Your child should have home learning for 2 or 3 subjects each evening. The length of each piece of home learning will vary, but as a rough guide your child should spend the following amount of time on each subject:
- Year 7 – 25 minutes per subject
- Year 8 – 30 minutes per subject
- Year 9 – 35 minutes per subject
In Years 10 and 11 we would expect that your child will be spending on average 2 hours per night on GCSE work as home learning.
Your child must complete each piece of home learning to the best of their ability.
10 top tips for helping your child with home learning
- students need a quiet place to do their home learning
- keep pens, pencils and calculators handy
- have a dictionary available to use
- get involved with their home learning, help them, but do not do their home learning for them
- look at their books and take an interest in what they are doing
- put learning into practice - when out shopping, reading together, looking at costs of phone tariffs and electricity suppliers
- get out and about, learn together, let your child plan the trip
- watch out for TV programmes that have something to do with school and are educational and sit down and watch them together
- make learning enjoyable using games, books and the Internet (please monitor the internet carefully though)
- home learning is done at the end of the day but the best way to keep your child’s energy at a high level is to provide a healthy breakfast at the start of the day, lunch and an evening meal trying to give them at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day
What do you do if there is a problem?
If you feel your child is getting too much or too little home learning or has had difficulties with any home learning please put a note in the planner for your child to show to their tutor.
Your child can use the school library at break time, lunch time and after school. They may also attend the school breakfast club opening at 8.00 am and the after school club running to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday for help with home learning.