At Ash Hill Academy we view homework as a learning entitlement. Homework and home learning should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:
- Extend and support classwork
- Consolidate or reinforce skills and understanding
- Extend and support every child’s learning
- Develop the skills of an Independent Learner
- Develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
- Allow students to gain and practise skills/knowledge required in assessment situations (e.g. exams)
- Develop skills and attributes (e.g. resilience, investigation)
- Develop abilities in time management and organisation, essential in life
How and where should homework be recorded?
- In the student planner
- When the homework/coursework is due in
- So management of time can be planned.
- Note on the deadline date that there is homework/coursework due in
- Students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening
- Ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day
What sort of work is set?
Meaningful, interesting and worthwhile work. It supports development of the specific course and also qualities, skills and attributes required at Ash Hill Academy. It might consist of:
- Short tasks
- Longer projects or coursework
How much homework is set?
The amount of homework set will depend on the subject, year group and nature of the work:
- Short tasks – such as Hegarty Maths or GCSE Pod homework – approximately half an hour
- Longer projects or coursework - possibly several hours each week
How long will students get to complete the work?
Deadlines vary depending on subject, year group and nature of the work:
- Short tasks may be within one week
- Longer projects or coursework may be spread over a half term
There are several ways that students can access support with homework and home learning:
- Subject teachers can give extra direction to students in need
- Homework Club is offered through after-school Enrichment
- Bespoke curriculum support sessions are delivered for KS4 and targeted students
- Family, friends and peers can offer to mentor at home
- BBC Bitesize has subject resources, quizzes and videos
- Stainforth 4 All has free computer access weekdays and Saturday mornings
KS3 Links - BBC Bitesize
- Hegarty Maths
- GCSE Pod
Accelerated Reading (AR)
Accelerated reading is a compulsory homework for all students in years 7. Students are expected to read twenty minutes a day. For every book students read they take a test which monitors their understanding and reading age. During literacy lessons they are supported to ensure they reach their optimum reading age. As they make progress their choice of book is widened. We have a rewards system for those who make the most progress or take the most quizzes.
KS4 Links - BBC Bitesize
Bespoke Curriculum Support
At Ash Hill Academy, we use a number of different bespoke curriculum support sessions to help KS4 and targeted students, to enable to achieve their full potential and make that all important progress. Bespoke curriculum support sessions are delivered in the following formats throughout the year:
- 1:1 or small group sessions during the normal school day
- Subject-specific Drop-down sessions
- After-school enrichment bespoke curriculum support sessions
- Holiday bespoke curriculum support sessions
In whatever form the bespoke curriculum support takes, it will always be delivered by qualified education staff, whether they be academy teaching staff or external providers.