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Orchard School Bristol

Home Learning

Home Learning (Homework) 

Students receive some home learning for the majority of their subjects each week.  We have found that students benefit from home learning as this gives them the opportunity to consolidate their learning in school, practise questions, revise and prepare for the next lessons, assignments or assessments.  Home Learning also builds the very important skill of independence and helps students improve their resilience. 

Students are provided with a Planner in which to record all homework and parents can communicate with teachers through planners if they want to.

Staff inform students of their home learning and remind them to write this into their Planner.  Staff may also post homework on Teams.

A majority of homework will be set through online platforms, and much of this will be low-stakes quizzes.  Research has shown that frequent quizzing is one of the most effective methods in learning, so please support your child by giving them time and space to be able to use these online platforms.

For queries about homework, please email your child's tutor in the first instance.

As a guide, your child should receive homework in line with the table below on a weekly basis.  We encourage parents to talk to their child regularly about home learning, and review their Planner with them to ensure they are using it accurately.  We suggest students record in their planners the date each homework is due to be completed and handed into their teacher, to help them organise their time most effectively. 

Year group

Number of subjects per week day

Homework guide time for each subject

Guide number of hours
per week (total)

Year 7 and 8

2 subjects

20 mins

3.5

Year 9

2 subjects

30 mins

5

Year 10

One or two

45 mins

8

Year 11

One or two

1 hour

10

 Supporting with Homework 

If your child is finding homework difficult, encourage them to give it a go even if they don’t think they are getting it right. Making mistakes often leads to better understanding.

If they are getting upset, tell them to stop. Attempting to carry on will only increase anxiety. Please write a note or email the class teacher to ensure that they can support them with this piece of work.

Missing homework should never become a regular event. Please be aware that children can be very good at finding excuses that may well be true true, yet if you hear the same excuse regularly you may wish to question them!

Feedback and Marking expectations 

Marking and Feedback

Our feedback approach is tailored to the curriculum needs of each faculty. This is so that each faculty can provide appropriate feedback to enable our students to make progress.

All teachers give regular feedback, either written or verbal, in every lesson, as well as facilitating regular peer- and self- assessment.

In addition to this, the faculty approaches are as follows:

Faculty

Approach to Feedback and Frequency

English

At least two pieces of written feedback per term. Typically, in English, this would include at least one response to a longer piece of writing. In Latin students do one assessed piece of work per term. In our Philosophy for Children course feedback is predominantly verbal and students write a small reflection at the end of most lessons.

Maths

At least two pieces of written feedback per term. Typically, in Maths, this would be a DIRT task in response to a recent assessment or homework in Years 7-10. Yr 11 have a lesson dedicated every two weeks to feedback by doing a walking talking mock with their practice papers.

Science

At least two pieces of written feedback per term. Typically, in Science, this would be written feedback after an end-of-unit assessment, or marking of an identified piece of work in books.

ADT

At KS3 in all subjects, one piece of written feedback per term.  At KS4, written feedback is given and ADT trackers are completed by the teacher twice a term, fortnightly in Food lessons.

Humanities

At KS3, one piece of written feedback per term in each of History, Geography, and RE. There is no book marking in PSHE. In ‘Grow’ feedback is ongoing, students receiving individual verbal feedback 1:1 at least fortnightly. At KS4 at least two pieces of feedback are assessed per subject per term.

MFL

In MFL, the majority of assessment is peer- or self-assessed. Teacher feedback is frequent and on an individual level. In addition to this, feedback from the teacher would typically include two formal pieces of whole-class feedback per term in KS4 and one piece of whole-class feedback per term in KS3.

Performing Arts

At least two pieces of assessed work, either through written teacher comments or video feedback, in KS4, per term.

One piece of assessed work, either through written teacher comments or video feedback, in KS3, per term.

Sport and Health

At KS4, regular green-pen feedback from teachers, depending on the assignment or coursework being completed. KS3 homework is to review knowledge and progress, most frequently quizzes.

Homework Club

Homework club is available every day after school.  It takes place in the school library and this area is staffed.  Children can have a quiet place to study as well as access to laptops, as a high proportion of homework set by teachers is through online portals.

Students are also able to use the library during break times and lunchtimes wherever possible.

Digital Learning

Homework Quizzing

Programme (click on picture to navigate to homepage)

Subject

Overview

  TEAMS

 

All subjects

Microsoft Teams is the central hub used for online homework resources.  Your child will receive links to quizzes through teams.  They may also receive homework direct on here.

 

Science

Spanish/French

Geography/History

Quizzes are designed for the appropriate content your child is studying. The quizzes are designed to help your child learn and correct their mistakes.

 

 

 

All subjects

Your child will receive quizzes to help improve subject specific vocabulary.

 

Your child will also receive low stakes quizzes to support learning in many different subjects.

 

Maths

Quizzes and learning resources for the Maths department.

 

English

 

Quizzes and learning resources for the English department.

TASSOMAI

 Science 

Quizzes and learning resources for Combined and Separate Sciences at GCSE.

Students have been provided with log in details for all of the platforms relevant to them.