Year 8 - Home Learning
What is the purpose of Home Learning?
We hope you find this information useful in helping to support your child with Home Learning. The purpose of Home Learning at Key Stage 3 is to establish good working procedures for children so that they allocate a regular slot each evening to completing work and preparing for the next day. It is not the nature of the work that is so vital at this stage. It is the establishment of regular working habits so that these are in place to assist the transition to Key Stage 4.
In Years 9 to 11 the completion of Home Learning tasks is directly related to the grades that young people eventually achieve. If they have not established a good routine early on it will be more difficult for them to do so at the age of 14.
In this section you will find the timetable showing the subjects which are allocated to specific evenings across the two week cycle. There then follows some ideas that you can work on together at home as well as giving information about helpful resources such as web sites. This information will be supplemented by details from individual departments.
We recommend that Year 7 spend approximately one hour per evening on Home Learning tasks so if the allocated time on a specific evening is less than an hour, the intention is that the time will be made up with activities from the extension tasks either from the website or from a specific department.
The home learning extension tasks will be set and monitored by the subject teachers and also by the learning tutors. We hope that the students will find the extension and enrichment tasks interesting and challenging.
if you have a spare moment, why not –
• Have a go at a Sudoku puzzle
• Challenge a friend to a game of Articulate
• Do a crossword
• Compile your own word search on a topic of your choice
• Watch a programme on the Discovery/History channel
• Play Scrabble or Boggle
• Watch Countdown
• Watch the BBC news and report to your tutor group on a topic you feel very concerned about
• Challenge yourself to do an extra 30 minutes physical activity
• Join a College club that is outside your usual area of interest
• Find out, with some friends, what opportunities there are for young people in your area to become involved in clubs, projects, etc.
• Read the lead story in a national newspaper
• Astound your friends – delve into a dictionary and find the meaning of two words you didn’t know and use them the next day
• Interview one of your grandparents about their school days and see how they compare to yours
• Get together with a group of friends and carry out one activity to improve the environment of your immediate area.
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