Independent Learning

Independent learning forms an extremely important part of our vision and philosophy. Our students are encouraged where possible to seek solutions, answers and deepen learning through their own resourcefulness and curiosity. Moreover, they should continually question thier knowledge and understanding to discover further and challenge their higher order thinking skills.

Independent study is our preferred name for homework. It is an extension of the learning in the classroom, designed to consolidate and challenge. All students will receive regular Independent Study across the range of subjects.  

We have an extensive range of IT resources located across the school and a well-resourced library.

Year 7 Homework Timetable

 

Mon 1

Tues 1

Wed 1

Thurs 1

Frid 1

Mon 2

Tues 2

Wed 2

Thurs 2

Frid 2

7A

RS

Biology

Physics

History

Geog

English

Chemistry

Languages

Music

Maths

RS

Computing

Chemistry

History

Geog

Tech

Physics

Biology

Maths

English

Art

7B

English

Languages

Geog

Chemistry

RS

Biology

 

Maths

Physics

Music

History

English

Tech

Geog

Computing

RS

History

Maths

Chemistry

Physics

Biology

Art

7C

RS

Biology

Maths

Chemistry

Physics

Tech

Geog

English

Music

History

RS

Computing

Maths

Biology

Chemistry

History

Geog

English

Physics

Languages

Art

7O

Physics

History

Chemistry

Biology

Geog

English

RS

Tech

Music

Maths

Chemistry

Computing

RS

History

Geog

Biology

Physics

Languages

Maths

English

Art

7H

English

History

 

RS

Chemistry

Physics

Computing

Music

Biology

Geog

Maths

Chemistry

Tech

English

History

Geog

Physics

RS

Biology

Maths

Languages

Art

Year 8 Homework Timetable

8V

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

Geography

Technology

English

Mandarin

Music

History

Computing

Maths

RS

Art

LS

French

Week 2

Technology

History

LS

Science

Geography

French

Music

Computing

Maths

English

Art

Mandarin

RS

8W

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Technology

Science

French

RS

Mandarin

Music

English

Geography

Maths

LS

Art

History

Computing

Week 2

Technology

RS

Mandarin

English

French

LS

Music

History

Geography

Maths

Science

Art

Computing

8X

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

Geography

History

English

Spanish

Music

Computing

Maths

Technology

LS

Art

RS

French

Week 2

Science

History

LS

Technology

Spanish

RS

Music

Geography

English

Maths

French

Art

Computing

8Y

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

History

Geography

LS

Science

English

Music

Spanish

Computing

Maths

Technology

RS

Art

French

Week 2

History

Geography

Science

Technology

English

Music

Spanish

Maths

French

LS

Art

Computing

RS

8Z

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

French

English

Spanish

LS

Music

Computing

RS

Maths

Geography

Technology

Art

History

Week 2

Geography

RS

LS

Science

French

Technology

Music

English

Spanish

Maths

History

Art

Computing

 

Year 9 Homework Timetable

 

Mon 1

Tues 1

Wed 1

Thurs 1

Frid 1

Mon 2

Tues 2

Wed 2

Thurs 2

Frid 2

9A

Technology

PE

English

Maths

Music

Computing

Physics

Religious Studies

Spanish

Chemistry

French

Geography

Art

Biology

English

Technology

Physics

Maths

Religious Studies

Geography

PE

Learning Skills

French

History

Biology

Spanish

Chemistry

9B

Computing

History

English

Geography

Maths

Technology

Chemistry

French

Biology

Art

Religious Studies

Physics

PE

Spanish

Geography

Music

Computing

Maths

Technology

History

Learning Skills

French

Religious Studies

Biology

 

Physics

Spanish

English

9C

Art

Spanish

Chemistry

Maths

Religious Studies

PE

Biology

Physics

Music

Geography

English

History

French

Technology

Biology

Art

 

Maths

History

Religious Studies

English

Learning Skills

Technology

Geography

PE

Physics

French

Spanish

Chemistry

9O

Spanish

Computing

Chemistry

Maths

English

Religious Studies

Biology

Technology

Learning Skills

Geography

History

PE

Art

Music

English

Spanish

 

Geography

Maths

Religious Studies

Computing

Music

Technology

PE

Biology

History

Physics

French

9H

French

Technology

PE

Maths

Art

Religious Studies

 

Biology

Computing

Music

Physics

History

English

Geography

Chemistry

Spanish

French

Biology

Geography

Maths

History

Computing

Learning Skills

Technology

French

Religious Studies

PE

English

Physics

Spanish

Year 10 Homework Timetable

Week 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

  • English
  • Computing
  • RS (10A and 10B)

 

 

 

  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Drama
  • Physics

 

  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

 

 

  • PE (theory)
  • MFL
  • Geography (10A and 10C)

 

 

  • Geography (10B)
  • RS (10C and 10H)
  • Art
  • DEC

 

Week 2

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

  • PE (practical)
  • Geography (10A)
  • Computing
  • Drama

 

 

  • Music
  • RS (10C and 10H)
  • Food
  • Textiles
  • Physics

 

 

  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

 

 

  • English
  • MFL
  • Geography (10C)

 

 

  • Geography (10B)
  • RS (10A and 10B)
  • Art
  • DEC

 

 

NB: when learning lines for Drama, it be small amounts each day

Library

The Library is situated on the ground floor of the Grange Building and is regarded by many as the heart of the school, the natural home for individual and independent learning. It is open from 8.15am to 3.30pm during term time and is staffed by one Librarian. Years 7-11 have one period a fortnight in the library as part of English lessons to encourage and widen reading choices and improve literacy skills.

Year 12 & 13 are expected to use the resources in the library for their independent study.

A wide variety of titles are available for loan from a stock of over 7000 Fiction and Non-Fiction books and there is also a Reference section. Seven networked computers are available for students to use. The Library uses ‘Eclipse.Net’ – an online catalogue enabling students access from anywhere in the school.

Thanks to generous funding from the Parents and Friends Association the school takes part in Bookbuzz, a reading initiative from Booktrust aimed at year 7 to encourage reading for pleasure. Year 7 also take part in Readathon and have raised considerable amounts of money for the Roald Dahl Foundation and CLIC Sargent charities.

Book groups are run throughout the year for students in years 7 – 10 and encourage wider, varied reading. Books are selected from different authors and genres with Y9 students following the prestigious Carnegie shortlist. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their opinions on all aspects of the books including characters, language, plot, style of writing, book covers, books into films etc. The groups are usually full of lively debate and strong opinions with students often joining again in the following year group.

The Library holds events throughout the year and recent ones have included; Harry Potter Day, ‘Comic Capers’ on World Book Day and The Extreme Reading Challenge.

Reading for pleasure

How do we define ‘reading for pleasure’?

‘Reading for pleasure refers to reading that we do of our own free will anticipating the satisfaction that we will get from the act of reading. It also refers to reading that having begun at someone else’s request we continue because we are interested in it. It typically involves materials that reflect our own choice, at a time and place that suits us.’ (National Literacy Trust, 2006)

Reading for pleasure improves results

A recent report by the Institute of Education (September 2013) has found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

For further information please see the article on the Reading Zone website

http://www.readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=fullnews&id=1783

For the full report please click on the link ‘2013/10 Sullivan, A and Brown, M. (2013) Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16 : The role of reading. CLS Working Paper 2013/10. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.’

Many factors can influence reading habits. If you are interested in reading further on the subject please see the report by the NLT. For help with book choices and for up to date reviews/articles please try one of the website links under the library heading.

National Literacy Trust 2006  http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0000/0562/Reading_pleasure_2006.pdf

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