At Darton Academy, we know that 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 will be expected to study for around one hour. Home learning will be in three 20 minute parts:
- Knowledge Organisers and quizzing.
- Reading for pleasure.
- Hegarty Maths for Y8 & Y9 or Sparx Maths for Y7
Knowledge Organisers and Quizzing
How to revise and retain information is a key skill which every student needs to gain, particularly when new GCSE specifications require learners to be able to retain large quantities of information. Considering this we want to equip students with the skills to revise as early as possible, so they do not become overwhelmed when starting their GCSE’s.
Students in year 7, 8 and 9 will be issued a knowledge organiser termly. Within the Knowledge Organiser is the key information your child needs to know about their core curriculum areas. Your child should try and learn the knowledge within the organiser, using the strategies as outlined in their booklets e.g mind maps/flashcards or summaries. Your child must bring their Knowledge Organiser to school every day and take it home every evening. Each student will be issued with a Knowledge Organiser and home learning exercise book to record their home learning.
Students will be quizzed by their class teachers to give students the opportunity to test themselves on the knowledge they have practiced from their knowledge organisers and see how well they have retained it.
Our home learning strategy is based on the principle of retrieval practice, which you can read more about here.
Knowledge Organiser – Video Guidance
Following correspondence with parents, we have put together a short video that provides an overview of how to use the Knowledge Organisers for home learning. Initially the clarity of the video may be blurred while the file loads. It can be viewed on a mobile device but is best viewed on a computer screen.
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.
Hegarty Maths /Sparx Maths
Maths home learning provides your child with the opportunity to become more fluent with their maths skills and practice what they have learnt in lessons. Your child’s Maths teacher will be demonstrating how to access this home learning to students in their timetabled lessons.
Please see below the expectations for each subject area:
|Subject||Overview of Home Learning|
|English||Students should read their examination texts at home. Exam questions will be set via teams.|
|Maths||There will be a minimum of 3-5 tasks set on Hegarty Maths each week. A weekly Hegarty report will be sent home to inform you of your child’s progress. Additional GCSE exam question practice may also be set where relevant.|
|Science||A Biology, Chemistry & Physics assignment will be set each week on Seneca learning. Weekly GCSE pod challenges will be used and additional exam questions may be set where relevant.|
|Geography||Each week students will be set GCSE Pods and/or Seneca tasks dependent on the topic to support retrieval of knowledge. Additional exam questions and exam skills will also be set on Microsoft teams each week.|
|History||GCSE Pods will be set weekly with knowledge based questions. Additional exam questions may be set where relevant.|
|MFL||Tasks will also be set on the Pearson Active Learn www.pearsonactivelearn.com website following on from lesson content, as well as on Languagenut www.languagenut.com.|
|RE||Exam style questions will be set via teams|
|Art & Photography||Personalised home learning tasks will be set each week. Specific targets and feedback will be communicated through their exam portfolio. The expectation is for students to spend 1 hour a week using feedback to refine, develop and to close any gaps within their learning. Additional support can be accessed on Teams.|
|Technology||For D&T, Construction & Hospitality research assignments and questions will be set via teams.|
|Dance||For GCSE, this work will either be written revision in preparation for the written paper or practical rehearsal for their group choreography. For BTEC, the work will be research for Component 1 or logbook entries for Component 2.|
|Music||For GCSE, this work will be through the website “Focus On Sound”, where learners will work through a lesson and then complete a test. For BTEC, the work will be focused on target setting and reflection or genre research.|
|Sports Science||Assignment tasks for the different units of coursework will be set for Developing Sports Skills, Sports Leadership and Sport and the Media via Teams. Quiz and revision tasks will be set for the exam unit, contemporary issues in sport.|
|Health & Social Care||Students will be given research tasks to present the information they have found in their chosen format.|
|IMedia & Business||Revision booklets have been given to students to complete which they will be quizzed on via Teams.|
Quizzes will be set via Microsoft Teams by their class teachers to give students the opportunity to test themselves on the knowledge they have practiced in home learning tasks and see how well they have retained it.
At Darton Academy we want to reward hard work and effort. E-priase stickers will be given to all students who show real dedication and effort in any form of their home learning.
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. If you have any questions with regards to your child’s home learning then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If a student fails to complete their Knowledge Organiser three times in a half term, a C4 – Homework will be issued. To support students, each year group will have a dedicated home learning club as part of our enrichment program where they can complete their tasks:
Y7- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – Room: A308
Y8- Monday, Thursday & Friday – Room: W208
Y9- Monday, Wednesday & Thursday- Room: A317
If your child is struggling with any aspect of their home learning then please encourage them to go and see their subject teacher.
Copies of knowledge organisers can be accessed by clicking on the year groups below