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

Maths

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

Maths

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

 

7B

Maths

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

 

Science

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

Maths

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

 

7C

Geog

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Maths

DT/IT/MU

Geog

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Maths

DT/IT/MU

7O

Science

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Maths

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

Science

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Maths

Mindset

Geog

DT/IT/MU

7H

Geog

Art

 

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Maths

DT/IT/MU

Geog

Art

English

History

RS

MFL

Science

Mindset

Maths

DT/IT/MU

Year 8 Homework Timetable

 

8A

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

Mandarin

Technology

RS

History

LS

English

Computing

Maths

Art

French

Geography

Music

Week 2

Technology

History

Music

French

Science

Art

English

Mandarin

RS

Computing

 

Maths

Geography

LS

8B

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Technology

Mandarin

Science

History

Geography

Art

English

French

Maths

Music

LS

Computing

RS

Week 2

Geography

History

LS

English

Science

Computing

French

Technology

RS

Art

Music

Maths

Mandarin

8C

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

Geography

Art

Spanish

Computing

Music

History

English

Maths

RS

French

Technology

LS

Week 2

Geography

Art

English

Science

Technology

Spanish

French

History

Computing

Maths

Music

RS

LS

8H

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

Science

LS

Spanish

Computing

Music

History

Geography

Maths

English

RS

French

Art

Technology

Week 2

Science

Geography

French

English

Spanish

Technology

RS

Art

History

Computing

Maths

Music

LS

8O

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week 1

History

RS

English

Computing

Music

Geography

Spanish

LS

Maths

Science

French

Art

Technology

Week 2

History

French

LS

Geography

RS

Technology

English

Science

Spanish

Art

Computing

Maths

Music

 

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

Religious Studies

Spanish

History

 

English

Art

Music

Computing

PE

Learning Skills

Biology

 

Physics

Technology

 

Maths

French

Chemistry

Geography

Technology

History

French

English

PE

Spanish

 

Art

Chemistry

Biology

Maths

Spanish

Religious Studies

 

 

Physics

Music

Geography

Computing

9B

Geography

History

PE

English

Art

Music

Computing

Chemistry

French

Biology

Learning Skills

Maths

Spanish

Technology

Religious Studies

Physics

History

Technology

Biology

Maths

PE

English

French

Learning Skills

Art

Spanish

Physics

Chemistry

Geography

Religious Studies

Computing

Music

9C

Art

Mandarin

History

Geography

English

Computing

Music

Chemistry

Technology

Learning Skills

Biology

Maths

French

Chemistry

PE

Religious Studies

Physics

English

Biology

French

Geography

Maths

Computing

History

Music

Chemistry

Learning Skills

Religious Studies

Art

Mandarin

Technology

PE

9H

Art

Geography

Spanish

History

English

Music

PE

Computing

Learning Skills

Physics

Chemistry

Maths

Technology

Biology

 

French

Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Chemistry

Technology

 

Maths

History

English

Art

Spanish

Learning Skills

Biology

French

PE

Physics

Geography

Music

Computing

9O

History

English

PE

Religious Studies

Art

Music

Computing

Biology

Chemistry

Learning Skills

Maths

Technology

Spanish

Geography

French

Physics

Technology

History

French

 

 

English

Spanish

PE

Art

Learning Skills

Physics

Biology

 

Maths

Chemistry

Religious Studies

Geography

Computing

Music

 

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 Year 9 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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