Research in the last decade has begun to focus on the relationship between home learning and student achievement and has shown a clear resulting improvement, particularly for students at secondary school. At Tallis we believe that home learning assignments form a vital part of students' learning experiences, helping to embed knowledge and skills acquired in class and providing young people with an opportunity to develop a range of crucial learning habits including independent thinking, creativity, resilience and initiative.
Why is home learning important?
How can you help?
Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school, but your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well.
Key Stage 3 Home Learning Expectations
There are published timetables which have been drawn up to allocate KS3 home learning across all subjects, based on a careful timing for each subject. There is a suggested duration of around 30 minutes per home learning task set in Year 7 and Year 8.
Key Stage 4 Home Learning Expectations
It is expected that KS4 students should have between 60 and 90 minutes of home learning per subject per week. Staff have agreed with students they teach in Years 9, 10 and 11 when home learning will be set and asked them to record this carefully in their school planner.
Key Stage 5 Home Learning Expectations
It is expected that for every hour of lesson time, students in the post-16 centre will do one hour of independent study as home learning. Staff will set home learning that amounts to this quantity and students should note down clearly what is expected in their planners.
Other ways you can help with reading and mathematics
Your child’s literacy and numeracy skills are critical to their long-term development; the importance of daily, personalised practice of reading and mathematics cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books, then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. You may not be reading with your child as you did at primary school but you can still support good reading habits. Talk to your child about the books you're both reading. Ask what books your child would like for birthday and Christmas presents. Go to the library together - if your child is stuck for a new author, ask the librarian for guidance or look online at book reviews. You could also take a look at our reading recommendations.
Similarly, students make most progress in maths when they practise little and often. All students in years 7-11 have access to MyMaths [Username: tallis Password: decimal]. Additionally, all students in years 9-11 have a login for MathsWatch online [Centre ID: thomas tallis school Username: your child’s name in the format of first initial and surname, eg JBloggs Password: Mathswatch01]. MathsWatch can also be accessed via a free App, downloadable for all common platforms. Additional Maths resources can be found on the school’s own Maths website.
Given the importance of home learning to your child’s education, it is necessary for it to be enforced. If your child fails to complete the home learning set then they will be sanctioned according to our procedures and you will be contacted. Persistent failure to engage with home learning will lead to a detention with members of the Senior Leadership Team on Friday afternoons.
KS3 Home Learning timetables
Fortnightly suggested allocations:
* Three written tasks will be set each half term, with others being practical.
† One practical task will be set each week.
In Year 7 and 8, home learning will often consist of an Extended Enquiry for each term. Their home learning over the course of a number of weeks will contribute to this – with a clear deadline for the completion of the enquiry.
* Teachers will agree the home learning night for these subjects depending on which of the Humanities subjects students have on that day. For Geography, History and RE students will receive up to one home learning task from each subject a week. Teachers will highlight with students when this will be set.
† Teachers will agree the home learning night for these subjects depending on which of the Arts subjects students have on that day. For Art, Dance, Drama and Music students will receive up to one home learning task from each subject a week. Teachers will highlight with students when this will be set.