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Home Learning at Leventhorpe – Information for Parents

At Leventhorpe we like to refer to “homework” as home learning, because this emphasises the way we see it as an extension of the learning at school, rather than as duty or a workload.  Home learning enables our students to develop their organisation skills, their determination and their independence.  For this reason we set it regularly, because it enables our students to progress faster than if they didn’t spend this time learning at home.

We want our students to work smart and adapt, so we encourage students to do their home learning at breaks or in after school homework club.  If less goes home because of that, we do not mind as long as challenges are met to a high standard.

How Can Parents Help?

The answer to this is actually: not too much!  Home learning fosters childrens’ independence, and so doing it for them or helping excessively stops it being effective.  You can help by taking an interest in what they are doing and praising if you think they are working hard.  You can also help by providing equipment and a quiet place for home learning to be done.

We are conscious that our students are very different and that a challenge might take one child a short amount of time, while another might need to spend longer.  We tend to set lots of home learning challenges so faster students are challenged, but we are also conscious that this can present problems for students who need more time.  As parents or carers supervising your children at home, you will know if they have taken on too much on an evening, so please tell them to stop and give them a note to show their teacher if they haven’t had as long to spend on a piece as they would like.  Also, if there are several different home learning challenges, advise them to do a bit for each rather than spending all of their time on one.

Another thing to discuss with your child is the quality of what they do.  Most home learning challenges can be done well, but they can also be done fantastically well.  If your child is bright and works quickly to the point where home learning doesn’t seem to be a challenge, discuss how they can meet the challenge and exceed it with greater breadth or detail in their response.

We use and electronic system called “Show My Homework” to publish our home learning challenges to students.  Every student has their own login account which shows them their home learning schedule and parents/carers have a log in too, so they can see that schedule.

If a login password is lost or forgotten, this doesn’t stop a student or parent seeing what has been set, because every activity set across the school is automatically listed on the Leventhorpe “Show My Homework” website.

The sections below give some descriptive detail on the home learning schedule for each year group.  The schedule gets increasingly open as students get older to reflect the greater flexibility and independence that is required at GCSE and A Level.

Year 7

  • Art - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length
  • English - one task per week – about 1 hour in length and reading every week
  • French - onetask per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Geography - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • History - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • IT - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Maths - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Music - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length
  • Core PE - Extra-curricular sport is expected for all
  • PSHE - No homework
  • Religious Studies - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • Science - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Spanish - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Technology - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Drama - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length

Geography, History and RS form the Humanities Faculty and they do project work at some times in the year. At these times all of the home learning time is given to one subject so that they can work on a complex project.  Students would be expected to spend about three hours per fortnight on their project.
In the second autumn half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the existence of God project.
In the first spring half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the castles project.  In the first summer half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the flooding project.

Year 8

  • Art - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length
  • English - one task per week – about 1 hour in length and reading every week
  • French - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Geography - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • History - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • IT - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Maths - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Music - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length
  • Core PE Extra-curricular Sport is expected for all
  • PSHE - No homework
  • Religious Studies - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length (see below)
  • Science - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Spanish - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Technology - one task per week – about 30 minutes in length
  • Drama - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length

Geography, History and RS form the Humanities Faculty and they do project work at some times in the year. At these times all of the home learning time is given to one subject so that they can work on a complex project.  Students would be expected to spend about three hours per fortnight on their project.
In the first autumn half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the Mandir Project.  In the second spring half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the ecosystems project.  In the first summer half term Humanities home learning will be spent on the battlefields project.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 have different time tables to one another as a result of our option system.  They have some subjects that are common to all and some that are chosen.

Common Subjects

  • English - one task per week – about 1 hour in length and reading every week
  • Maths - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Core PE Extra-curricular Sport is expected for all
  • PSHE - No homework
  • Core RS - No homework
  • Science - one task per week – about 1 hour in length

Option Subjects

  • Art - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Business Studies - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Computing - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Enterprise - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • French - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Geography - one task per fortnight – about 1.5 hours in length
  • History - one task per fortnight – about 1.5 hours in length
  • ICT - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Music - one task per fortnight – about 1.5 hour in length
  • PE Theory - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Philosophy and Ethics - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Spanish - one task per week – about 1 hour in length
  • Technology Subjects - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length
  • Drama - one task per fortnight – about 1 hour in length

Year 10

In Year 10 students settle on their four optional GCSE subjects in addition to their core subjects.  GCSE subjects vary greatly, some are practical and some academic, and so homework is set once each week at the teacher’s discretion.  Students need to be aware that the GCSE workload can be high at certain times and that more than an hour of home learning may need to be set sometimes.

Common Subjects

  • English - one task per week 
  • Maths - one task per week 
  • Core PE - Extra-curricular Sport is encouraged 
  • PSHE - No homework 
  • Science - Biology - one task per fortnight 
  • Science - Chemistry - one task per fortnight 
  • Science - Physics - one task per fortnight 
  • Options A-D - one task per week per option

Our Year 10 home learning timetable is relatively simple with the common subjects organised into half year bands and the option subject arranged into option blocks.  The options blocks are indicated by a letter code, so that if a class is labelled 10D it will have home learning set on the day option D sets home learning.  As Science at GCSE is split into the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Science home learning will be based on the subject taken during a particular period. 

Year 11

In Year 11 students have settled on their four optional GCSE subjects in addition to their core subjects.  GCSE subjects vary greatly, some are practical and some academic, and so homework is set once each week at the teacher’s discretion.  Students need to be aware that the GCSE workload can be high at certain times and that more than an hour of home learning may need to be set sometimes.

Common Subjects

  • English - one task per week 
  • Maths - one task per week 
  • Core PE - Extra-curricular Sport is encouraged 
  • PSHE - No homework 
  • Science - Biology - one task per fortnight 
  • Science - Chemistry - one task per fortnight 
  • Science - Physics - one task per fortnight
  • Options A-D - one task per week per option

Our Year 11 home learning timetable is very simple with the common subjects organised into year bands and the option subject arranged into option blocks.  As science at GCSE is split into the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the home learning set will be based on the subject taken during a particular period.  The options blocks are indicated by a letter code, so that if a class is labelled 11D it will have home learning set on the day option D sets home learning.  Only option group B is split into bands and only in week two does this affect the day that home learning is set.

Year 12 and 13

Sixth Form students tend to take three or four courses.  They usually have two teachers for each subject and can expect a home learning task from each teacher each week.  This may lead to six to eight tasks per week.  Teachers are free to set home learning on whatever day is most convenient, but they will give students enough completion time so that they can manage their study independently. 

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