Abbeywood Community School

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Independent Home Learning (IHL) at ACS

At Abbeywood Community School (ACS) we believe IHL is a key part of school life. It allows students to develop their skills and knowledge independently and makes the difference between good and great progress.

IHL has a range of purposes that include:

  • Deliberate practice and consolidation of work done in class
  • Providing further stretch and challenge
  • Providing opportunities for independent work
  • Preparation for exams and tests
  • Preparation for future class work
  • Developing library skills and use of other learning resources outside of school
  • Allowing assessment of students’ progress and mastery of work
  • Developing students’ good learning habits: organisation, meeting deadlines, resilience, independence, creativity, responsibility
  • Providing opportunities for parents/carers to get involved with their child’s learning and creating channels for home-school dialogue 

IHL tasks are set at a frequency proportional to curriculum time

  • In Years 7 and 8 IHL tasks should take about 20-30min to complete and are set weekly for core subjects and fortnightly for all other subjects
  • In Year 9 IHL tasks should take about 45-60min to complete and are set weekly for core subjects and weekly or fortnightly for all other subjects
  • Years 10 and 11 examination subjects tasks should take about 60-90 min to complete and are set weekly for core subjects and weekly or fortnightly for all other subjects, plus additional revision and exam paper practice where necessary
  • Post 16 tasks are set on the “hour for an hour” principle 

Setting and submission of work

All IHL is recorded on Arbor and students are expected to check their timetable and ensure that work is submitted on or before the deadline.  Students who fail to submit their work will be required to complete the missing work in after school sessions.

Some subjects use Google Classroom or other applications such as Seneca to set out the tasks for homework.  Other subjects hand out paper copies of homework in the lesson, or ask students to note down their homework.  However the task is actually set out, the teacher will always record the setting of homework on Arbor so that students and parents can keep track of what is set over the course of each week.

IHL timetables below are planning aids for students – they show the day students should complete homework for each subject.  This may or may not match the day on which homework is actually set.

Option blocks

In year 9-11, some subjects are set in option blocks.  For example, 11C/Hi on a student’s timetable is history in block C.

YEAR 9

OPTION A

OPTION B

OPTION C

OPTION D

Geography

Art

Art

Art

Hospitality

Computing

Computing

Drama

History

Drama

Drama

Geography

Product design

Hospitality

Geography

Hospitality

 

History

Hospitality

History

 

Music

History

Music

 

Product design

Product design

Product design

 

Textiles

Textiles

 

 

YEAR 10

OPTION A

OPTION B

OPTION C

Art

Business

Business

Computing

Computing

Drama

French

Geography

French

Geography

History

Health & social care

Hospitality

Music

Hospitality

History

Sociology

History

Photography

Sport

Product design

Spanish

Textiles

Sociology

Triple science

Triple science

Spanish

 

YEAR 11

OPTION A

OPTION B

OPTION C

Computing

Art

Art

French

Product design

Business

Geography

Geography

iMedia

Health & social care

History

Drama

History

Music

Product design

Hospitality

Photography

History

Spanish

Sociology

Photography

Sport

Sport

Spanish

 

 

Textiles

 

 

Triple science

 

Subject

Outline of IHL Year 7-9

Art

IHL linked to classwork per term.

Drama

Tasks are varied, and will include line-learning for script-work; writing in role; review and analysis written work; research.

English

Year 7 & 8: Independent reading for pleasure and completion of weekly word booklet to develop use of cross curriculum academic vocabulary.

Year 9: IHL linked to classwork  that is incorporated into lessons once a week.

Geography

Revision and quizzes. Some specific assignments on Seneca.

History

Students will be issued with the topic knowledge organiser, which will also be available on the website.  Students will be told which numbers on the knowledge organiser to revise and memorise over a two week period.  They will then be tested on this content at the start of a lesson.

ICT

Revision and quizzes.

Maths

Students will be set a Hegarty maths/Sparx task per week. This requires them to watch and take notes from the relevant clip and answer the quiz questions in their blue IHL book.

MFL

Learning vocab, recall & spelling check (knowledge organisers), peer-assessed

writing & translation into TL tasks (termly).

Music

Variety of tasks including retrieval quizzes, listening activities, research and practice.

 

Product design

Students to be given a project to work for IHL across each rotation which will last for the full 8 weeks.

PE

Termly knowledge organises. 10 question multiple choice quiz at the end of each term.

Religious studies

Students will be given quizzes and online activities that test fundamental knowledge and keywords from the current course. In Y9, students are also given short exam questions.

Science

Students will recap knowledge from KS2/3 and review current learning on ‘Seneca’ www.senecalearning.com. Students will have their own account and be invited to join a class, where they will find their assignments.

 

Subject

Outline of IHL Year 10-11

Art

Independent research and taking home sketch book to improve coursework.

Biology

Students will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn. They will be tested on short sections (10 questions) fortnightly to demonstrate this. They will have received a pre-published timetable of what will be tested and when.

Business

End of topic exam questions, exam board checking test at the end of each topic, knowledge organiser recall – set via Google Classroom

Chemistry

Students will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn. They will be tested on short sections (10 questions) fortnightly to demonstrate this. They will have received a pre-published timetable of what will be tested and when.

Computing

Students will be making notes from video resources.

Drama

Tasks are varied, and will include line-learning for script-work; writing in role; review and analysis written work; research.

DT

Students will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn and specific tasks on Seneca.

Engineering

 

Tasks are varied, and will include activities related to examined units, classroom/workshop-based units as well as reviews of practical activities and projects. Activities may be by worksheet, written script or through Google Classroom.

English

Students will be given weekly revision tasks linked to current and prior learning. This will involve a combination of Seneca and written revision tasks. Students will be given regular tests to check this revision.

Food

Y10 topic based activities linked to exam preparation. Y11 short projects to support coursework.

Geography

Students will be set weekly tasks to assess knowledge and understanding of current and prior learning. This will involve a combination of Seneca tests (assigned), GCSE revision book worksheets and exam questions.

Health & social care

Students will be set fortnightly tasks to assess knowledge and understanding of current and prior learning. They will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn. These will be tested. Additional IHL linked to coursework will be set when required.

History

Students will be issued with the topic knowledge organiser, which will also be available on the website.  Students will be told which numbers on the knowledge organiser to revise and memorise over a two week period.  They will then be tested on this content at the start of a lesson.

ICT

Ongoing work to support coursework.

Maths

Students will be set a Hegarty/Sparx maths task per week. This requires them to watch and take notes from the relevant clip and answer the quiz questions in their blue IHL book. In addition there may be further practice questions.

MFL

Weekly learning vocab check & recall (knowledge organisers), peer-assessed

theme based writing/translation tasks, reading comprehension and grammar (every 2 weeks).

Music

Variety of tasks including retrieval quizzes, listening activities, research and instrumental practice. Coursework based tasks for BTEC students, potentially using programmes such as Logic if students have access or are able to spend extra time in the department to complete this.

Sport

Students will be given weekly revision tasks or coursework linked to current and prior learning.

Physics

Students will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn. They will be tested on short sections (10 Questions) fortnightly to demonstrate this. They will have received a pre-published timetable of what will be tested and when.

Photography

Students will be given a ‘word of the week’ (WOW) where they will be asked to take a single photograph on a new theme each week, paying particular attention to composition. Additional IHL linked to coursework will be set when required.

RS

Students will be given online quizzes for key content and exam questions to answer.

Sociology

Students will be given a range of tasks to complete every fortnight. Students can expect to complete Seneca tasks to help with recall. Students will be given sections of knowledge organisers to learn. They will be tested on short sections to demonstrate this.