The academy is committed to ensuring that learning continues beyond the classroom and views extended learning as an integral part of a student’s education.
Students will be assigned extended learning work via Class Charts.
The instructions and deadline will be sent via the Class chart app. An explanation of the task will arrive in the students’ Inbox and the date and time of the deadline appear on their google calendar. The work itself may be attached to the message, although this may not be appropriate for all tasks. For example, if a subject area is working on exam question preparation that requires students to answer extended questions by hand or if electronic material is better served on google classroom.
Parents who have downloaded the Class Chart app to their devices will receive continuous updates on homework tasks set. This will inform parents of upcoming assignment deadlines as well as highlighting when work has not been submitted on time.
If a set extended learning task requires students to use ICT to complete it, and they do not have access to a computer at home, they are encouraged to take advantage of the use of the academy’s ICT facilities at lunchtime or after school at Homework club.
Year 7 are trialling a Homework booklet. All work is set in the booklet at the beginning of the half-term by departments and the pupils are expected to complete the minimum of the core tasks before the next break/holiday. Students receive credits for all tasks they have completed and detentions if not completed.
There is no expectation that extended learning will be set within each subject area on a weekly basis. Instead, it is the academy’s belief that extended learning should be set when appropriate for the work of each department.
In Years 7 and 8, it is reasonable to expect students to spend 20-30 minutes on each extended learning task. In Years 9, 10 and 11 students should expect extended learning tasks lasting 30-45 minutes.
The frequency of extended learning every half term/term per subject area is expected to be as follows:
|ENGLISH||1 project per half term|
|MATHS||Once a week|
|SCIENCE||Once per topic|
|SCIENCE GCSE||Once per topic for biology, chemistry and physics|
|HISTORY||Once a half term|
|HISTORY GCSE||Twice a half term|
|GEOGRAPHY||Once a fortnight|
|LANGUAGES||Once a week|
|SE||Once a half term|
|PE||Extra curricular clubs, daily|
|DESIGN TECH||1 per rotation|
|FOOD TECH||1 per rotation|
|TEXTILES||1 per rotation|
|COMPUTING||Once a half term|
|COMPUTER SCIENCE||Once a half term|
|ART||Once a half term|
|MUSIC||Once a term|
|DRAMA||Once a term|
|H. & S. CARE||Twice a half term|
|MEDIA STUDIES||Once a fortnight|