This information is designed to offer some ideas on the ways in which you can help to support and enrich your daughter’s education through home learning. The ideas are intended as a resource for you to use as and when they are appropriate.
At The Holt we encourage all of our students to be:
• independent learners; able to take responsibility for their own learning
• active learners who participate fully in the learning process
• progressive learners, who use their knowledge to make links with new ideas
• creative and original thinkers.
We believe that you, as parents/guardians, are a vital part of your daughter’s learning and we value your support and involvement.
How is home learning set?
The aim of all home learning is to promote higher levels of achievement for all students and home learning is designed to meet individual needs.
Home learning is set on a regular basis throughout the school and can take on a variety of forms. These include practice exercises, completion of classwork, extended writing, learning, reading and researching. As students move through the school home learning may be set over a longer period of time; this develops your daughter’s independent study skills. The school recognises the importance of home learning in developing student learning. Home learning requires self-discipline and the school has a clear expectation that it will be completed by the deadline set. Home learning should therefore be a priority for every student. There are follow-up strategies in place in each subject area and consequences will be applied, if necessary. Parents often ask for guidance about ways in which they can help support their daughter.
Good Home Learning Routines - click on this link for some advice.
Some subjects will set regular home learning tasks each week. These are Maths (twice a week), English (twice a week), Languages (once a week per language), Art (once a week), ICT (once a fortnight for Year 8), and Technology (once a fortnight for Food, D&T and Textiles in Y7 and once a fortnight for Food and Textiles in Year 8 and once a week for D&T in Year 8.). Each task should take about 20 minutes in Year 7, 30 minutes in Year 8 and 40 minutes in Year 9.
In Year 9 English, Maths, Science and ICT set home learning for Year 9 in line with KS4 requirements when the GCSE courses start. (In the Spring Term for the first three, and September for ICT).
In total we recommend
Year 7 1 - 1.5 hours of home learning on average Monday to Thursday and 1-1.5 hours over the weekend.
Year 8 1.5 hours of home learning on average Monday to Thursday and 1.5 - 2 hours over the weekend.
Year 9 1.5 - 2 hours per evening for Year 9 and 2 hours over the weekend.
If home learning is consistently taking your daughter longer than specified, proving to be an unreasonable burden or if the workload seems consistently light in any subject area please get in touch with your daughter’s Head of Year by email, letter or telephone.
Home learning projects will be marked within two weeks of the deadline date in the majority of cases.
Consequences for students who don't meet the deadline date
Students who do not complete the home learning project on the deadline day must hand in what they have completed. They will be set a department lunchtime detention the following Monday after the deadline date and subsequent detentions that week until home learning project is complete to a satisfactory standard.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students will be set home learning in lessons. As a guide students on average should be spending 2-2.5 hours each evening Monday to Thursday and 3-4 hours
over the weekend.
Education is a lifelong learning process that should be fostered both in and out of school; in this way, your daughter will become a lifelong learner. Activities that will support this process of “learning how to learn” include:
• Visits – a wide range including theatre, concerts, exhibitions, sports events, careers conventions
• Wider reading, including newspapers, magazines, specialist magazines, fiction and non-fiction books
• Encouraging use of research skills, including dictionaries, encyclopaedias, Internet, public libraries
• Encouraging the development of a wide vocabulary
• Encouraging the development of numerical skills in everyday life
• Supporting the learning process by discussing different ways of approaching tasks
• Debating and discussing topical issues that reflect key events in the world today.