Home learning is any learning which takes place outside of a timetabled lesson. However, it does not have to take place in the home; at iBOS, home learning is learning anywhere you have an internet connection. Home learning extends from the lessons that take place during timetabled hours, and is paramount due to knowledge being better retained by students who revisit recorded lessons.
Any form of learning that happens outside of the daily lessons is home learning. Despite its name, it does not have to be completed at home. The aim of home learning is to expand any learning from the classroom so that it is fully understood and integrated into a students learning. If a student is constantly revisiting content, their understanding is improved, and it can be easily applied for future use. Home learning tasks are usually categorised by; Practice or Preparation.
Tasks at KS4 level can sometimes consist of practice tasks where students may be asked to do some preparation for a future lesson. By doing preparation, students should be able to readily access their already developed knowledge and expand on this in lessons.
Home learning differs from independent learning projects. These will be less frequent and set additionally to the short home learning tasks. They may be set as ‘challenges’ or ‘projects’ and sometimes, can be optional.
Independent learning projects can last several weeks and lead students to access their other skill sets such as teamwork, ingenuity and innovation.
Research has proven that completing regular home learning tasks can advance a student’s progress by months, and research indicates it is most beneficial at KS4 level.
Independent learning projects also show positive outcomes, where student motivation and commitment to a subject is often improved. They can often be targeted at specific students who have a higher learning potential, or students with a particular passion to further develop their research and critical thinking skills.
At KS4, evidence suggests that students who complete 2-3 hours of home learning every evening are 9 times more likely to achieve an A-C grade for 3 A levels when studying at KS5.
Tasks can often vary in their factors as not all home learning tasks require written evidence. For example, students may research a given topic for exam revision or study towards coursework assignments.
Home learning assignments will always be noted and checked for any reoccurring mistakes. If a student does not complete a task, this will be recorded, and the student will be expected to complete the task later on. This would typically involve a shorter lunch or break time ‘detention’, where the student is expected to complete the missed task or start the next. Students are encouraged to talk to their subject teacher ahead of any deadlines if they need any support or deadline extension.
At iBOS, we encourage our students’ parents to be involved in checking their son/daughter is up-to-date with assignments and homework. You can do this by:
Students are given an online home learning planner, which parents can offer their support by reviewing it regularly to ensure that tasks are being recorded and completed on-time.
If a student is struggling with a home learning task, it is important that they contact their teacher as soon as possible. If our teachers are aware that a student is facing problems, extra support can be arranged for that student as many departments offer a homework club either at lunch or after school.