Home Learning is important because the evidence demonstrates that when it is set in a regular and meaningful manner it contributes to advances in student learning.
So the setting of home learning gives a learning advantage to our students. Students who do regular home learning do, on average, 15% better than those who do not.
Put another way, it can make half a National Curriculum Level or GCSE grade difference. Therefore students are disadvantaged if they are not regularly completing home learning.
Top Tips for Successful Home Learning
- If possible have a set time and a place when home learning is to be done. For some young people it will be as soon as they come in from school. Other families will make the time after the evening meal homework time. Having a regular slot helps students keep home learning as a priority and organise their time well.
- Try and have a quiet place to do home learning, with few distractions. It could be a bed room or a kitchen table.
- Show my Homework will outline what the home learning task is and when it is due in. If students are unsure about the task they should speak to their teacher.
- Use Show my Homework to plan when to do home learning. Teachers should be giving students time to get home learning completed and therefore if you have regular evening events, a sport, youth club, cadets or whatever, it should be possible to build that around the programme.
- Parents/carers if your child is saying that they have no home learning, do check on Show my Homework
Show my Homework FAQ?s
Q: How do I get to the Show my Homework web site? There is a link to Show My Homework at the top of the school website.
Q: What do I do once I get to the Show my Homework site? If you know your username and password, enter the details login.
Q: What if I have forgotten or never had a log in? E-Mail Mr Adams and he will be happy to send you details email@example.com
The following document outlines the setting of home learning tasks from each faculty / subject.
Details of content and specific deadlines will be published through our dedicated tasks website Show My Homework. Please email the Head of Faculty or individual member of staff should you have any concerns or require clarification about tasks set. Students also log details of tasks in their planners.
How long should be spent working on each homework?
|Year 7||Up to 30 minutes max per homework|
|Year 8||Up to 40 minutes max per homework|
|Year 9||Up to 45 minutes max per homework|
|Year 10||Between 45 / 60 minutes per homework but sometimes 90 mins|
|Year 11||Between 45 / 60 minutes per homework but sometimes 90 mins|
Mode A and Mode B
At John Hanson we use the Mode A & Mode B approach to Home Learning. This means that any home learning tasks set should directly link to what students have just covered in lesson or what is coming up in the next lesson, this allows for the learning journey to continue in-between lessons. It also allows opportunities for extended practice and to develop student’s capacity for independent learning. Below is an example of the different types of home learning set.
Mode A: Practice, revision, Pre-Study/Flipped Learning, exam questions, exercises
Mode B: Research, Open ended projects, creative product making, choices
Please see the below tips to help you support your child when completing their home learning:
Top tips for completing home learning
- When possible encourage them to complete the work in a room with no distractions
- Encourage them to leave their mobile phone in another room
- Sit down and create a fortnightly home learning timetable
- Complete the work as it is set to avoid missed deadlines
- Contact the classroom teacher if your child does not understand what is expected of them
- Where possible check/monitor Show my Homework to ensure all home learning has been completed
- Praise their efforts
- Encourage Independence where possible
- Build metacognition Skills - Help your child decide what homework is hard and what is easy, then encourage them to work on the hard stuff first so they’re most alert for challenging work.
- Ensure your child has the correct tools to complete the home learning tasks
Please download the following document which includes details for each subject: