Year 7 – 9 Home Learning
Dear Parent / Carer,
At The Purbeck School, we know completing home learning is essential to long term academic success. It allows our students to extend their learning and to reinforce what has been learnt in class. Every day, your child is expected to study for around one hour. Home learning will be in three 20 minute parts:
- Reading for pleasure
- Subject self-quizzing
Reading for pleasure
Like anything else, reading is a skill that becomes better with practice. The objective of Reading for Pleasure is to increase your child’s sense of achievement, confidence and develop their vocabulary – but most of all, for your child to learn to enjoy reading. We encourage your child to challenge themselves with their choice of reading material. Your child should try to read a range of fiction across genres with increasing levels of difficulty. Regularly Reading for Pleasure will have enormous benefits across your child’s subject areas and is heavily linked to success in later life.
Maths home learning provides your child with the opportunity to become more fluent with their maths skills and practise what they have learnt in lessons. Four tasks will be set over a week from two websites:
|www.ttrockstars.com||E.g. S12MorrisC||maths||20 games|
|www.hegartymaths.com||Your name and D.O.B.||2 tasks|
Your child has been issued with a Knowledge Organiser. It has been created to help our students learn a wide range of knowledge, which in turn will allow them to connect different ideas and apply higher order skills in their lessons. It will also prepare our students for the new style, more rigorous and challenging, GCSEs that they will sit in the future. Once a fortnight, your child’s subject teachers will quiz your child on the essential knowledge and skills from lessons that they are expected to learn.
According to significant educational research, frequent quizzing has many benefits for memory and motivation. These include producing better organisation of knowledge, causes students to learn more from their next study episode, identifies gaps in knowledge and improves long term retention.
At home, using a practice exercise book, your child should revise the specific knowledge, as directed by their teachers, using the highly effective Look, Cover, Write, Check self-quizzing strategy. Please be proactive and support your child by quizzing them daily. Your child must bring their Knowledge Organiser and self-quizzing exercise book to school every day and take it home every evening.
Your child will also have the opportunity to voluntarily take part in subject based Enrichment Projects and other home learning. These are aimed to stretch and challenge your child further. They are run half termly to provide an enhanced learning experience, if you are interested in that subject or would like to study it at GSCE level or above. Certificates will be awarded to celebrate achievement and effort. Further details of the projects will be provided by classroom teachers. The project outlines can be found on our school website.
If your child is struggling with any aspect of their home learning then please encourage them to go and see their subject teacher. Your child can also attend our after school home learning club, which is held Tuesday to Thursday from 3.30 – 4.30pm in room E14. This facility has lots of computers if you are struggling at home with internet access.
Home Learning Log
Every day, your child must complete their Home Learning Log, which can be found at the back of their Knowledge Organiser. Your child must provide details of their reading, their scores from their Maths tasks, tick the subject they have self-quizzed and how they have performed in their knowledge quizzes. As their parent, every day, please check their completed home learning tasks and sign their Home Learning Log.
At home, please support your child by ensuring that they have a quiet environment to do their home learning. It is important that your child gets into positive and effective study habits now so that they can fulfil their learning potential.
At The Purbeck School we want to reward and celebrate hard work and effort. House points are given to all students who complete their reading logs, perform well in their Maths home learning tasks and achieve ‘excellence’ in any knowledge quiz. We think it is important that students understand the importance of home learning and the study skills that it allows them to practice and grow.
If you have any questions regards your child home learning then please don’t hesitate to contact me.