Homework and Extended Learning

Extended Learning and Homework

Extended Learning and Homework is an essential part of learning at Gordano and completion of work set by subjects is taken extremely seriously. Praise and rewards will be given by subject teachers for excellent effort and work produced whilst missed deadlines will be recorded on Icaris, our online student reporting service.

All Extended Learning and Homework will be uploaded by subject teachers to students’ timetables on the Gordano Learning Gateway, along with any necessary resources students require to complete tasks. Paper copies will be available for any students without ICT access. Deadlines should be recorded by students in their journals along with interim deadlines for longer project style tasks.

Extended Learning and Homework in Years 7 and 8

Depending on the subject, Year 7 students will be set weekly, more traditional Homework activities or longer project style Extended Learning tasks as outlined below. This is to support learning in the classroom and to help students develop key time management skills in preparation for moving towards a homework timetable for all subjects in Year 9.

Extended Learning

Approximately 1 project per subject per term

Homework

Set weekly, according   to Homework Timetable published in September

Creative Arts

Design Technology

Humanities

ICT

Science

English

Maths

Modern   Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)

Extended Learning will be set termly by the subjects listed above and will often involve longer project based activities with a choice of outcome or task. There will be an emphasis on creativity, research and practical skills and expectations for projects/ tasks will be outlined by staff when projects are set. Typically, projects will take 2-3 weeks to complete and to help students manage their time effectively, Humanities and Drama deadlines will be set in the first half of the term and Design Technology and ICT in the last weeks.

Weekly Homework will be set English, Maths and Modern Foreign Languages on the day specified on the Homework Timetable published in September.

Year 7 students will also have the opportunity to enter the rewards based Create Extended Learning Competition. There will be 3 cross curricular projects set throughout the year which will be launched through Year 7 assemblies and peer assessed through tutor times.  These projects will aim to develop students’ creative skills and independent learning and will be based around Gordano’s Skilled for Life agenda. Cross Curricular Extended Learning is rewards based and there will be no sanctions for students who do not submit work.  Rewards for projects will be awarded at the Year 7 Celebration Evening in Term 6.

Homework in Years 9 to 11

Year 9-11 students will be set weekly homework in each subject according to a personalised Homework timetable that they receive in September to stick in their journals.  This is to support learning in the classroom and to help students develop key time management skills during their GCSEs.

Working at home is a crucial part of success at GCSE and students may be asked to do longer homeworks than before. Year 9 students are expected to spend at least 35 minutes on a piece of homework and Year 10 and 11 students at least 45 minutes and will also have additional study to do at home such as revision and coursework. Any students worried about the amount of work they have to do or who are finding planning work at home difficult should speak to their tutors.  Praise and rewards will be given by subject teachers for excellent effort and work whilst missed deadlines will be recorded on Icaris.