Many of you will be used to doing homework at primary school. At Gladesmore Community School, we call homework ‘home learning’. This is because we don’t just want you to be doing work but we want to make sure that you are learning.
How will I know what I need to do?
First, your teachers will tell you in your lessons. However, we know that sometimes students 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 usually call it Show My Homework). If you have a mobile phone, you can download the Satchel One app so that you can receive notifications and look up your home learning at any time. Your 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?
You should plan to be doing 1-2 hours Home Learning every night. If you have no Home Learning set, you can always revise or go over your learning from the day.
What sort of Home Learning tasks will I be set?
Most of the home learning will be handed in to the teacher in lessons, however, in some subjects you will need to hand in your Home Learning 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 I do my Home Learning at school?
We know that it is difficult for some students 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 you can work outside school hours – the school library and the Success Lounge. You can use these spaces before school, during break and lunchtime and even after school. You MUST tell your parents / carers if you are staying late at school to complete Home Learning so that they don’t worry!
Can I get help with Home Learning?
Yes! You can always go and ask your teacher for help. We also run a Home Learning club 4 days a week in the CLC. In case you need help, we recommend not leaving Home Learning until the last minute so that there is time to ask for help if you need it.
What happens if I don’t do my Home Learning?
When you first start, we understand that things are new and you are given some time to get used to our systems and ways of working. However, once you have settled in, we have a clear system for making sure that you don’t fall behind with Home Learning. If you miss a deadline, we expect you to catch up the learning before the following morning. We will also text your parents / carers to inform them that you have missed a deadline.