Developing independent learning skills is a critical part of students’ transition to high school.
Homework in Year 9 will be used to help develop and refine these skills. The homework set will require students to engage in Flipped Learning homework tasks in all subjects. Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which gathering new information moves from the class learning space to the individual learning space—this is normally in the form of some interactive content and the resulting class space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the teacher guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.
Students will be expected to use their homework time to prepare and become familiar with new content that will be explored in more detail in upcoming lessons. They will be expected to have developed a basic understanding of the foundation knowledge and will complete learning checks in the style of automated quizzes, teacher questioning, group discussion and more. This will enable students to really secure the skills they will need to be successful at GCSE and Beyond.
At RSA Academy Arrow Vale, we value home life and appreciate the burden that inappropriate setting of homework can have, therefore we are ensuring that our homework tasks are set to be concise, meaningful, achievable and bitesize. It is expected that students will have not more than three 20-minute slots of homework tasks to complete per night and will also have a week to complete these allowing students a degree of flexibility as to when they need to complete them. These timings may change e.g., in the run up to exams etc.
Homework will be issued through Microsoft Teams and communication through EduLink.
What parents and carers can do to support their child with homework?
- Create a quiet space where your child can complete their work without distractions.
- Discuss the work with them.
- Help your child to manage their time by not leaving work until the last minute.
- Review their completed work before they bring it into school.