Home Learning

Oakbank Home Learning Guidance for Parents

Research has established that home learning at secondary school has a positive effect on learning and pupils’ progress.

We believe that home learning is an integral part of education in that it:-

  • It is crucial for developing a student’s ability to work independently, it reinforces and consolidate what they have learnt in class and allows students to learn how to work through challenging things on their own.
  • It gives students an opportunity to engage in self-regulation by them learning to inhibit distractions, use strategies to complete work independently, manage time, set goals and self-reflect on their performance.
  • Gives opportunities to practise and develop skills.

Amount of home learning

Oakbank School sets home learning on a regular basis throughout the school. However, on occasions the class teacher/department may feel that home learning will not be necessary with a specific topic/skill. On these occasions we will be suggesting the time is spent enjoying their current reading book.

 

   Year

 

         Weekly

Max time each home learning should take

Each student has 3 double lessons a day and will receive a home learning from this lesson

7

5 hrs per week

20 mins.

3 x 20 minute home learning tasks per night

8

7.5 hrs per week

30 mins

3 x 30 minute home learning tasks per night

9

7.5 hrs per week

30 mins

3 x 30 minute home learning tasks per night

10 and 11

10 hrs

40 mins

3 x 40 minute home learning tasks per night

Please note: We value the time of our students and their families and understand that good planning and organisation is important for academic success & wellbeing. Therefore there will be no home learning set overnight, this includes a weekend. For example, work set on a Friday will not be expected in on the next working day i.e. Monday.

The planning & nature of home learning tasks

Home learning tasks should:-

  • Be clearly related to on-going classroom work.
  • Be manageable for pupils in terms of allocated time and resources.
  • Be explained clearly to students so that they know what they need to do.
  • Be challenging but not too difficult.
  • Allow for individual initiative and creativity.
  • Promote self-confidence and understanding.
  • Be manageable for staff in terms of marking.
  • Be varied. Suggestions include:-

                                   Writing assignments.

                                   Learning assignments. (To learn a piece of work, practice a skill, recall knowledge)

                                   Preparing an oral presentation.

                                   Reading in preparation for a future lesson.

                                   Finding out information/researching a project.

                                   Using a specific website. (E.G Mymaths, GCSE POD)

                                   Revision activities in preparation for examinations.

                                   Reading for pleasure.

                                   Subject projects

 The recording & monitoring of home learning

  • All home learning will be recorded on Classcharts by the class teacher.
  • Departments strategies are agreed and reviewed regularly to ensure effective setting, recording, marking and monitoring of home learning.

 Feedback to students

  • Effective and prompt feedback is fundamental in helping students to progress. Use of Feedback & Improvement Time (FIT) is important for feedback to be of real value to a student’s progress.
  • Success will be rewarded and student self-esteem raised.

Strategies for supporting the completion of home learning

  • The primary aim is for students to understand that home learning is a vital part of their education, to be done at home, home learning club or within subject support sessions.
  • Providing that there are no extenuating circumstances, students must complete the set work.
  • If a student does not understand the home learning they must see/email the member of staff concerned for assistance at least the day before the home learning is due in.

How parents can help establish a good routine

  • Make it clear that you value home learning
  • Create a quiet place to study.
  • Check Classcharts with them each day/ week until good routines are set.
  • Remove all distractions such as mobile phones.
  • Encourage them to always have their stationary equipment to hand.  
  • Encourage they use their home learning notebooks to write clear instructions/notes for themselves.
  • Set a timer and make sure they give themselves breaks in between.
  • For longer pieces of home learning encourage them to break down the task into manageable ‘chunks’.
  • Expect deadlines to be met
  • Encourage and praise them when they have completed home learning.
  • If your child is struggling to understand the HL encourage them to speak to the teacher BEFORE the deadline date!
  • Encourage them to make sure home learning is in the school bag the night before.

Home Learning Links

Department

Name of service

Website

All 

Microsoft Office, Outlook (school emails), and Teams

www.office.com  

All

GCSEPod

www.gcsepod.com

Art

BBC Bitesize – portfolio and exam processes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6hs34j

Art

Tate Kids

Activities and Quizzes

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

Art

Tate Liverpool

Tate St Ives

Tate Modern

All contemporary

 

Tate Britain –

British

Regional access to Tate international collection

www.tate.org.uk

Art

The Arnolfini, Bristol – contemporary art gallery

https://arnolfini.org.uk/

Art

Courtauld Institute -  galleries, virtual tours 19/20th century.

https://courtauld.ac.uk/

Art

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

https://www.victoriagal.org.uk/

Art

Fashion Museum Bath

https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

Computer Science, Creative iMedia, Enterprise & Marketing

Quizizz

https://quizizz.com/join

Computer Science

Learn Python

https://learnpython.org

Computer Science

Amazon Future Engineer

https://amazonpython.firetechcamp.com/login

Computer Science

Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/

Computer Science

CodeCombat

https://codecombat.com/

Computer Science

Turtle Academy

https://turtleacademy.com/playground

Design & Technology

Seneca learning

www.senecalearning.com

 

Drama

BBC bite size

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Drama

Willy Russell.com

http://www.willyrussell.com/bloodbrothers_history.html

Drama

Wicked the musical

https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/

Drama

Matilda the musical

http://uk.matildathemusical.com/#

Drama

Woman in Black

https://www.thewomaninblack.com/

Enterprise and Marketing

Tenner Project

https://www.tenner.org.uk/

Enterprise and Marketing

Business Ed

https://businessed.co.uk/index.php/home/theory/camnat-public/camnat-theory-notes-public

French 

Duolingo

www.duolingo.com  

Geography

Kerboodle

 

www.kerboodle.com

History

Brainscape Revision Cards

www.brainscape,com

History

Oakbank History Department website

www.oakbankhistory.weebly.com

History

BBC Bitesize for KS3 History

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39

History

BBC Bitesize for GCSE History

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxjk4j6

History

History extra

www.Historyextra.com

Maths

Hegarty

 www.hegartymaths.com

Music

BBC Bitesize GCSE Music

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zv7gxyc

Music

OCR GCSE Music virtual textbook

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNeHS3oeH242gKpGrZAA-xvafcIOjjpw6

Science

Focus eLearning

http://www.focuselearning.co.uk/u/32804/BrkjAxrggbmvyCFrsFBwCllydndjqizlA

 

Science

Educake

www.educake.co.uk

Science

 

Kerboodle

www.kerboodle.com

Science

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z4kw2hv (KS3 Science on BBC Bitesize)

Science

Seneca

www.senecalearning.com

Science

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h (Combined Science on BBC Bitesize)

Science

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zs6hvcw (Chemistry Single Science on  BBC Bitesize)

Science

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9ddmp3 (Biology Single Science on  BBC Bitesize)

Science

Bitesize

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zpm6fg8 (Physics Single Science on  BBC Bitesize)

Science

Revision World

https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/science (GCSE Science revision resources - free to sign up)

Science

Maths made Easy

https://mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/gcse-science-revision/ (excellent resource for KS4 question practice)

Science

The Student room

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/gcse/  (GCSE revision resources - scroll to the bottom of the page for subject selection.  Free to sign up for an account if you wish.)

Science

You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw  (Free GCSE science lesson videos on You Tube - student friendly - check permissions for access)