At Hungerhill School we recognise and value the contribution that learning in the home environment can make to a young person's education. We strongly believe that it is one of the key mechanisms through which we can help students achieve their full potential. It is therefore an expectation that all teachers set appropriate home learning and that the school works in partnership with parents and students to ensure that it is embedded in the learning culture of the school.
All home learning (homework) is set by teachers on Microsoft Teams. Home learning should also be recorded by students in their planners so they have an overview to refer to easily.
Home learning is a key component of the curriculum provision at Hungerhill. Our home learning policy is built on the three key principles for effective learning:
- Preparation for learning
- Consolidation of Learning
- Development and Embedding of Learning.
Through tasks built around these principles, students gain a deeper subject understanding, develop autonomous learning and improve their organisational skills. Home learning allows extensive coverage of the curriculum, meaning teachers can make more effective use of lesson time and focus on activities which require direct teaching in lessons. You can find examples of home learning from various subjects at the bottom of this page.
There is a strong link between home learning and educational achievement. The completion of home learning can increase the time available for study by nearly 25%: over a 5-year period this can be equivalent to at least one additional year of full time education.
We ask parents to support us in ensuring that home learning is completed conscientiously and in the best possible conditions, ideally in a quiet room without distractions. There are many ways in which you can encourage and support your child in the completion of homework:
- By ensuring they have the necessary equipment (pens, pencils, calculator etc)
- By checking the presentation of the work, including spelling and handwriting
- By testing what has been set to be learned
- By listening to, and reading what has been written
- By asking for explanations about the subject being studied.
- By checking through your child’s planner and on the Assignment section on Microsoft Teams, to see that all the work has been done and then sign it.
In order to monitor the effectiveness of homework, student’s views are ascertained through departmental and senior leadership-led student voice. It is our aim to ensure all students see home learning as being meaningful and complete tasks that allow them to make further progress outside of the classroom.
Examples of home learning from various departments at Hungerhill: