At Gladesmore Community School, we call homework ‘home learning’. This is because we don’t just want pupils to be doing work at home but we want to make sure that they are learning!
How do pupils know what they need to do?
First, teachers will tell pupils in lessons. However, we know that sometimes pupils are absent or they forget the details of the home learning that has been set. Therefore in addition to setting Home Learning in lessons, we also use a website / app called Satchel:one to set your Home Learning (in school we often call it Show My Homework). If pupils have a mobile phone, they can download the Satchel One app so that they can receive notifications and look up home learning at any time. Parents / carers will also receive a login to Satchel One so they can see what you have been set.
Below you will find a short guide demonstrating use of the Show My Homework / Satchel One app:
How much Home Learning will I receive?
Pupils should plan to be doing 1-2 hours Home Learning every night. If they have no Home Learning set, they can always revise or go over their learning from the day.
What sort of Home Learning tasks will be set?
Some of the home learning will be handed in to the teacher in lessons, however, increasingly many subjects are asking pupils to submit work online.
Home learning is very varied, it could include:
- Research about a topic you are to study in the future
- Revising a topic you have studied before
- Producing an original piece of work e.g. a drawing or a story
- Using a particular website to practise your skills e.g. MathsWatch
- Completing an activity to deepen your understanding of a topic
- Practising something you have learned in class
Can pupils do their Home Learning at school?
We know that it is difficult for some pupils to complete Home Learning at home because there are lots of distractions or because they don’t have access to a computer / tablet. Gladesmore Community School has two spaces where pupils can work outside school hours – the school library and the Success Lounge. Historically, pupils have been able to use these spaces before school, during break and lunchtime and even after school (please see special note below).
N.B. The COVID19 timetable means that we have had to restrict the numbers of pupils who can use the library and the success lounge. These locations can still be used by students in extended hours, but this needs to be arranged with the Raising Achievement Team (to support with Track & Trace).
Can pupils get help with Home Learning?
Yes! You can always go and ask your teacher for help or contact them remotely via Satchel:one or Google Classroom. We also hope to run a Home Learning club 4 days a week in the CLC (pandemic-permitting). In case pupils need help, we recommend not leaving Home Learning until the last minute so that there is time to ask for help.
What happens if pupils don’t complete Home Learning?
When pupils first start, we understand that things are new and pupils are given some time and training so that they can become accustomed to our systems and ways of working. Pupils who regularly complete Home Learning receive regular rewards from their teachers. Pupils who regularly fail to submit Home Learning will be sanctioned.