An overview of Independent Learning and Homework

  • Overview
  • Key Stage 3 (Y7-8)
  • Key Stage 4 (Y9-11)
  • Key Stage 5 (Y12-13)
  • Independent Learning Presentation
  • Independent Learning Links
  • Mobile Apps

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The Longdean model offers students and parents flexibility, responsibility and accountability in ensuring the relevance of study outside of lesson time. In recognition of the different pathways and nature of subjects students study, we provide a portfolio of electronic and paper based study tools for students to use. This allows for different amounts and styles of study.

The portfolio offered includes learning websites, mobile apps, pod casts, revision materials, past papers, KS3 projects over several weeks, as well as quality traditional ‘learning’ and coursework homework.

Links to websites and apps are given in the tabs above, along with some of the subject specific sites and apps. Other Subject Specific sites can be found in their 'How Can I Help My Child' section in the Curriculum Menu. Our model supports the single year GCSE option offered by Longdean across KS4, with the reduction of subjects examined in Year 11. Core subjects set homework according to a schedule; non-core subjects set homework flexibly as need arises, as per the outline in the Tabs to the right for each Key Stage.

Homework is set by Teachers using Show My Homework. Parents and Students can access this via their log in, to see their child's homework and students can tick off homework that is completed. If there are ever issues with logging into Show My Homework, there is a public calendar available for all homeworks at https://longdean.showmyhomework.co.uk/school/homeworks/calendar where students can search by year, type, subject, teacher or class. Students are supported in taking responsibility for their own study, supplementing the formal study set by their teachers with e-learning, and this is discussed with Form Tutors who have an overview of the homework for their tutees.

 












Overview of KS3:

Students in KS3, Years 7 & 8, are set project based homework on the Learning Platform, Timetabled Core Homework, Non-Core homework as required, and should use the e-learning portfolio to supplement their homework as students teachers and tutors decide. We typically suggest half an hour each evening, Monday to Thursday to help maximise impact.

Year 7 homework per fortnight = 100 minutes core + 2 hours e-learning + 5 hours project (over 4 weeks) = 370 minutes minimum Year 8 homework per fortnight = 180 minutes core + 2 hours e-learning+ 5 hours project (over 4 weeks) = 450 minutes minimum

KS3 Core Homework:

Year

Duration

Maths

English

Science

Modern Foreign Language

7

8

20 mins

30 mins

Once a week, with My Maths fortnightly.

Typically skill practice for the current topic, online homework, lesson extension or preparation work. Students are expected to do Independent Study to revise or work on their weaker areas and staff will advise students on this. Homework support is available after school on Wednesdays.

Every week, students independently choose a fictional text and read at home, following which they should update their reading journal.

Further typical weekly homework activities may include research, set reading, planning a written task, or an essay response to reading and writing tasks. 

Homework support is available on Tuesdays after school.

Set in addition to the homework projects.

Typically revision for tests, extension or preparation work.

Support is offered on different days for different pathways. Please check with your child's teacher

Once a week

Learning of vocabulary for a test, preparation for KS3 assessments, exercises from textbook

KS3 Non-Core Homework:

Subject

Frequency

Time

Typical Homework

Art

Twice per half term

1 hour

The work set will help to develop skills in art; which could include observational drawing, research or responses to an artist. This work supports the unit being studied in class and help the student towards their target grade. Homework can be done in a sketchbook and a good quality art department book is available from the school shop for a pound. Paper can also be supplied if required.

Help with homework is available during art club on a Wednesday after school from 3.20 – 4.20pm

DT

In addition to the homework projects, approximately two a half term

Between 20 and 30 minutes

Work set will help to develop skills in Design and Technology; which could include research, designing and annotation. This work supports the learning project being studied in class and help the student towards their target grade. Homework can be completed on A4 paper. If students need this or the use of a computer the DT department is willing to supply this and encourage students to use the computers in the department at lunchtime of after school.

Help with homework is available every lunchtime or after school from 3.20 – 4.20pm

Geography

At least once per half term

Varies, but most tasks take between 30 minutes – 1 hour.

More time is expected to be spent on revision for an end of unit test.

It will be set at least a week before the end of unit test to allow time for students to revise.

A variety of tasks, including:

- Revision
- Research or activity reinforcing previous learning in class
- Research or an activity to prepare for future topics (prior learning)
- The learning of key geographical terms.
- Revision for end of unit tests.
- Finishing off class work if it’s not completed in the time given in lessons.

History

At least once per half term

 1 -2 hours

Students will be set tasks to support them with their module examinations in Year 7 and 8.

To view the topics that students will be examined upon, please refer to the KS3 curriculum, in the History section of the Learning Platform.

Social Sciences

In addition to homework projects

When required

Year 8 homework is set as part of the homework projects, but at different times of the year for different groups.

Additional homework will be set by individual teachers where necessary to support specific areas of learning in individual lessons.

This will include research, creating writing, interviews, data collection, multimedia presentations, thinking tasks among other activities.

Computing

Students will be set 2 or 3 homework's per half term.

1 hour each

This will either be revision tasks or activities related to the lesson.









Overview of KS4

Students in KS4, Years 9-11, study for an option GCSE in each year, and their other subjects over three years. These vary according to pathway and subject, and include timetabled Core Homework, Non-Core homework as required, e-learning to supplement their homework as students, teachers and tutors decide. We typically suggest half an hour e-learning each evening, Monday to Thursday to help maximise impact.

The table below provides an indication of typical styles and duration of homework. Coursework, revision and past papers form a large part of homework at KS4.

Subject

Course duration

Frequency

Time

Comments /

What is a typical homework?

Art (GCSE)

1 year

 

Once a Week

2 hours

This work will be assessed as coursework and will contribute to their terminal grade. Homework will generally be completed in a sketchbook. The task can take many forms but will always be directly linked to the topic being studied in class. For example students may be asked to research an artist, record from observation, take photographs, annotate their ideas or plan future work. Often the most exciting ideas and images come from outside the classroom environment.

Help with homework is available during art club on a Wednesday after school from 3.20 – 4.20pm.

Business

 

1 year

At least fortnightly

2 hours

Pre study notes - In preparation for new topics Key Terms - Completing & creating Chapter Key Terms Exam Based Questions, Case study based Q&A, Revision for tests

Market Research based work (interviewing family members to full on questionnaires for controlled assessments) Group project work (investigating specific theory to present back in various forms)

A Pre-Controlled Assessment in groups to prepare for the real one Chapter reviews completed and shared between everyone

Dance (BTEC)

 

 1 year

Once a week

 1 hour

Continually practise and lean new techniques and routines

Drama

 

 1 year

Once a week

 1 hour

Learn scripts and keep Drama diaries  plus occasional research/evaluation

Citizenship

 

 3 years

Once a fortnight

1 hour

 

English

 

3 years

Once a week

1 hour

Reading set texts, SAM learning, research, practise papers, completing classwork.

Homework support is available on Tuesdays after school.

French (GCSE)

 

 1 year

Once a week

 

Vocabulary learning, preparation for GCSE Speaking and writing controlled assignments, completion of part of  a past paper.Learning for controlled assignments in speaking or writing, reading comprehensions /practice written tasks for KS4.

 

German (GCSE)

 

 1 year

Once a week

 

Geography (GCSE)

1 year course

3 year course

3 times a fortnight

Once a Week

At least 1 hour on each of the units.

More time is expected to be spent on revision for the end of unit tests, mocks and preliminary exams. 

Catch up on coursework

Revision of key terms

Completion of past paper questions

Revision for end of unit tests, mock and preliminary exams.

Revision materials will be provided, including revision booklets for each topic and an Edexcel revision guide.

 

History (GCSE)

1 year course

Once a week

1 hour minimum

Revision from revision guide or online, coursework, exam paper practice.

 

History (GCSE)

3 year course

Once a fortnight

1 hour minimum

Set on Monday B Week. A variety including Revision from revision guide or online, coursework, exam paper practice.

Computing

 

3 years

Once a fortnight

1 hour

Tasks will include revision for assessments and activities related to the lessons taught.  During periods of controlled assessment students will have less homework as the task needs to be completed under controlled conditions.  They may however be asked to research topics which are related to the task skills. Students are also encouraged to
practice python skills at home for GCSE Computing.

Maths

 

 3 years

Twice a fortnight, one on MyMaths

 

A past paper to practice, or skill practice for the current topic, online homework, lesson extension or preparation work. Students are expected to do Independent Study to revise or work on their weaker areas and staff will advise students on this. Homework support is available after school on Wednesdays.

Music (BTEC)

 

 1 year

Twice per fortnight

 

Students expected to do at least 1 hour additional instrumental practise, with regular updating of practise diaries

PE (GCSE) 

1 year

Once a week

1 hour

Completion of PEP, revision tasks, exam questions, preparation of presentations. 

PE (BTEC)

 

1 year

Once a fortnight

1 hour

Writing up coursework, completion of revision tasks, preparation of coaching sessions.

Photography (GCSE)

 1 year

 Once a week

 2 hours

Research/ critical responses to photographers or practical photography assignments

Social Sciences

 

 1 year

One per fortnight

 2 hours

A Variety from research, essay writing, PowerPoint development, Movie Maker presentation, 'thinking', collecting and analyzing newspaper articles, revision

KS4 Psychology option - homework typically set once every week. Work included revision for topic tests, key word crosswords,answering exam questions, researching new topics such as amnesia or electronic cigarettes that is in the news but links to a topic we are studying

KS4 Social Sciences - Set as required. Fortnightly tasks revision aids, exam questions, plan an answer to a question, keywords and key facts to learn (in some classes, weekly)

Science

3 years

Once per fortnight per teacher

1 Hour per teacher, due date varies according to timetable.

Revision, using BBC bitesize, e-learning, research, questions, past papers.

Technology

 

 1 year

Varies according to the subject chosen from Food, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Textiles

 

 Coursework Completion

Leisure and Travel & Tourism

Yr 9 – Three year option

Yr 10 & 11 - Two year option

Chosen as an option - One year

Once a week

Variable

Developing coursework, and a variety from research tasks for controlled assessments, analysing newspaper articles, revision for topic tests, learning keywords and definitions, answering exam questions.


E-learning Portfolio

To support flexibility, responsibility and accountability in GCSEs, we provide a portfolio of electronic and paper based study tools for students to use, allowing for different amounts and styles of study. The portfolio offered includes revision, past papers, SAM Learning, GCSE Pod, My Maths, Eaxm Support on the Learning Platform containing the BBC Learning Zone, amongst others, to support the single year GCSE option. We suggest half an hour each evening, Monday to Thursday to help maximise impact.

We suggest students focus on areas you, your teachers and parents think you should develop, as well as maintaining areas you feel you are good at (just to make sure you are!)

It can even be used to avoid any dips in performance over holidays!

This will be continually monitored by students, parents and tutors in the Planners.









Overview of KS5

Homework in KS5 varies according to the level of study and options chosen. The table below contains an indication of typical styles and duration of homework. Coursework and revision form a large part of homework at KS5.

Subject

Course duration

Frequency

Time

Comments /

What is a typical homework?

Art

2 years

Weekly

2 hours

This work will be assessed as coursework and will contribute to their terminal grade. Homework will generally be completed in a sketchbook. The task can take many forms but will always be directly linked to the topic being studied in class. For example students may be asked to research an artist, record from observation, take photographs, annotate their ideas or plan future work. Often the most exciting ideas and images come from outside the classroom environment. Many students use homework to further their own ideas and for independent exploration of a theme, leading to higher levels of achievement. Space and equipment are available in the art block and many students take advantage of independent study time to begin this work.

Business

 

2 years

2 per week

2-4 hours

Tasks toward the completion of coursework. Independent research to present to class and give supporting information (on Countries Economies, current Economic Stories or Businesses / Industries) General news awareness to discuss in class (supplemented through the economist and e-mailed out business stories) Produce revision aids for themselves & to be shared

Ongoing projects keeping up-to-date and recording economic data; in addition to viewing other countries and or businesses Producing presentations on different theorists Investigating possible results and consequences of political changes in the next year

 

Computing / ICT

2 years

2 per week

2-4 hours

Tasks toward the completion of coursework.

Economics

2 years

2 per week

2 hours

Revision for an economic terms test

Prepare précis of an economics article

Past paper questions.

Maths

2 Years

Each lesson

1 Hour

Typically skills practice on current topics and past paper work.

Geography

2 years

2 per week

At least 1 hour on each of the units.

More time is expected to be spent on revision for the end of unit tests, mocks and preliminary exams. 

Revision of key terms

Completion of past paper questions

Revision for end of unit tests and preliminary exams.

Case study research

English literature

2 years

once a week

1-2 hours

essay practise, research, planning and prep for lessons, reading set texts and extra texts

English literature and language

2 years

once a week

1-2 hours

essay practise, research, planning and lesson prep, reading set texts, learning key terminology

PE

2 years

2 per week

2 hours

Completion of coursework, revision tasks, exam questions, preparation of presentations, revision of definitions for terms tests

Science

2 years

At least once per fortnight per teacher

1 Hour per teacher, due date varies according to timetable.

Typically revision, Past papers, Questions, Research, Pre-learning for 'Student Starters', Preparation for Practical Exams, Write-ups of experiments and practical work, e-learning, exam cafe study

Social Sciences

2 years

weekly

 1-2 hours

KS5 Psychology - set by both Psychology teachers. Often independent study work. Typical homework is answering an exam question, creating a newspaper report about the case studies or elite sports people poster presentation. Typical Independent study sessions work is completing Psychology booklets, creating revision notes on case studies, additional reading. KS5 RE: Phil and Ethics – research, interactive presentations using Movie Maker or other similar platforms, exam-practice questions, reading ahead, background reading, recorded group discussions, planning a lesson. Typically one piece for Phil and one for Ethics set each week, although frequency may be increased as need arises KS5 Gov & Pol: Exam papers as homework and during independent study. Research / presentation tasks to complete.  Summer task of filling a scrap book of articles relating to US politics.

Travel and Tourism

 2 years

 weekly

 1-2 hours

Pre study reading and note taking in preparation for new topics. Exam based questions, revision for tests. Researching a topic/destination for the coursework element. Case study – Reading, independent research on  specific destinations.









Independent Learning Presentation
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Independent Learning Links

http://www.gcsepod.com/ Sign up and then download revision podcasts for your subject and exam board, to Computer, Droid, BB or Apple devices! A parent's guide is available at https://www.gcsepod.com/parents/ and student guides here  and here

www.samlearning.com – HP3LS, 050572RM, 050572RM Sam Learning works from any Windows/Linux PC or Mac, needs Java (follow links from their site to get.) Good for revision, has test papers and answers to check!

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize – excellent learning and revision site Quality learning revision from the BBC!

www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ – video clips from BBC relevant to different subjects. Watch telly and learn!

www.mymaths.co.uk – students have u/name & p/word from Maths teacher Decent Maths resources and learning games – educational fun!

www.thestudentroom.co.uk – full of student focused forums Great tips for revision, for students providing help to students

www.openoffice.org  – excellent free alternative to MS office Has versions of all office programs for all PC/Mac types – work on .doc, .xls, .ppt etc – Make sure when you save you choose correct file type!

www.teach-ict.com/ – top up your skills Good to develop ICT skills.

www.s-cool.co.uk – handy learning and revision site for certain subjects Concise revision notes for some subjects, not in depth – useful for a 10 minute go.

www.channel4learning.com/ – resources from Channel 4 Some Useful Resources, but not very student friendly to find them!

www.edexcel/aqa/ocr.org.uk – put your exam board in Google - Useful for getting syllabi, past papers, examiners reports and advice straight from the boards.

www.thepaperbank.co.uk/ – a collection of past papers Some GCSE past papers – better for A-Level – site is developing.  

http://www.linguascope.com/ – an MFL resource to support language and vocabulary development

http://mypeexam.org – a GCSE and A-Level PE resource with revision videos

http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/fundamentals-of-computer-systems-main  – Cambridge GCSE computing mooc, covering the whole of the OCR GCSE computing
course with videos, interactive activities and tests.

www.examtime.com – great for creating revision resources (mindmaps etc)

www.holah.co.uk – Psychology Resources

http://www.bps.org.uk/news - news related to psychology research by the British Psychological Society

http://www.britsoc.co.uk/media-centre/in-the-news.aspx - British Sociological Association in the news

https://uk.pinterest.com/ - Useful for sharing images for mood boards for subjects such as Art and Design Technology

Several Apps are available on the Play Store, Windows App Store and the App Store to support independent learning and homework.

http://www.gcsepod.com/ App for Apple Devices (Also available for Android devices, but you don't need the app to download the videos to Android - either directly via WiFi or over a cable) - have a look at the guides here  and here