We believe that home learning is important and will support all pupils in achieving the success they desire in subjects across the curriculum. Teachers at St Aldhelm’s Academy will set regular home learning that is appropriate for the age and stage of all students. Our home learning prepares learners, applies knowledge and extends understanding.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils will receive home learning once every two weeks for each subject that they study. (It is not set in PE or Performing Arts). Students will be given one week to complete their home learning tasks from the day set. Additionally, pupils in years 7 and 8 will be required to read weekly, as part of their Accelerated Reader programme which will support their progress in this crucial skill. A homework timetable is issued at the start of the academic year.
In years 9, 10 and 11, home learning in English, Maths and Science is set every week. Home learning in option subjects will be set every other week. Students will be given one week to complete their home learning tasks and there are a range of homework clubs where they can receive support with this. A home learning timetable is published in September with option subjects on rotation.
It is the responsibility of the student to record their home learning in the student planner and teachers and our Inclusion Assistants will ensure pupils do this and understand what they need to do. There is an opportunity for pupils to use the library during break times to complete home learning tasks and staff are available to support pupils with this.
If a student fails to complete home learning, they will be given a break time detention the following day (at the earliest) or at the teacher’s discretion. A text message will be sent to parents to inform them of this.
Any parents with concerns about their child’s ability to complete the home learning that has been set should contact their Head of Year directly who will agree a plan of support.