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Independent Learning (Homework)

Independent Learning at Home

Students from all years at the Academy will be required to carry out Independent Learning tasks at home. This will be in the form of regular weekly homework for all students as well Independent Learning Projects for students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Regular Weekly Homework for All Students

The schedule for the regular weekly homework for Years 7 – 11 is provided in the link below, as well as the amount of time each student is expected to take.   Key Stage 5 students (Years 12 and 13) are not included in the schedule, but are expected to spend at least one hour on independent study for each hour of contact(lesson) time they have in the Academy, which will include homework and independent study tasks set by their teachers.

Since students should all be writing their homework in planners (and will not get a stamp unless they do so), teachers do not have to log all homework on Planner Live. This will be used more as a reference tool for some homeworks, not many. Please do not expect to see all your child’s homework listed there, it’s best to refer to their planner.

The student homework schedule for 2015-2016 can be found here.

Online resources have been purchased by the Library to help support your child.  Please click here for full information.

Independent Learning Homework Projects for Students in Years 7, 8 and 9

An Independent Learning Homework Project is a task/investigation with a clear scope and achievable deadline that requires students to carry out research and/or creative activities outside of their regular weekly lessons and homework.  It will extend and deepen students’ s thinking and enable them to learn how to manage their time and progress.  Through carrying out an Independent Learning Homework Project, students will learn:

  • how to research effectively
  • how to manage their time and meet a deadline
  • how to work independently and take responsibility for their own work
  • how to find a way to get help when they are stuck

These skills are essential for success in their continuing education and make them a very employable person.  The schedule for Independent Learning Homework Projects is provided in a link below.

To support students:

  • Library research sessions are being run in terms 1 and 2 for every student;
  • Information about research techniques will be provided in tutor time in term 2;
  • Project planning grids to help students plan and monitor their projects will be provided with each project; and
  • The Library will offer research support every Thursday after school.

Independent Learning Project Schedule 2015-16.pdf

Guide to getting started with your projects.pdf

Internet research guide.pdf

Project Planning Grid.pdf

Research and Project Planning Support for Older Students

Students in Years 10 and above will also be provided with support on research techniques and project planning to support their coursework and supplement their studies at Key Stages 4 and 5 and prepare them for continuing education after school and in empployment.