Ryedale School

Ryedale School is committed to combining the very best educational provision with high expectations and traditional values. In doing so we challenge and support students both to fulfil their academic potential and become exemplary young people of whom we can all be proud.This unites us in our commitment to ‘Aspire and Achieve’

Our students are given every opportunity to engage in new and fulfilling experiences, from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to the range of trips available during Enrichment Days, there is so much on offer to challenge and inspire our students.Musical performances take place throughout the year, with opportunities for parents and the local community to see our students perform to an exceptional standard.The wide variety of extra-curricular activities complements our engaging and inspirational curriculum perfectly.Sport is an integral part of our school life. Students have access to over 90 clubs and house matches across the school year.We believe that knowledge changes the way we see the world. It is our duty and privilege to show our students the best that has ever been thought, said, made, played and discovered.Our exceptional curriculum identifies invaluable knowledge, skills and big ideas in each subject area.We instil in our students a desire to improve their performance, to broaden their horizons and to think independently.High expectations and traditional values are hallmarks of our school.

Homework

Homework Policy

The purpose of homework at Ryedale School is to consolidate and revise learning.

Homework is there to support the learning that happens in lessons.

  • All homework is set on Teams.
  • Each subject Team has a Homework Channel; this is where students can find all homework instructions and materials for that subject.
  • Homework will be set as an assignment; students must turn in each assignment on Teams, even if the task is not completed on Teams.
  • Any concerns around Teams or access to it, please email Mr Rodd: crodd@ryedale-rlt.co.uk

Our teachers also use the following principles to design and set their homework:

DOs

  • Students have to be able to do it on their own - it should be clearly explained, scaffolded and students should be provided with appropriate resources to complete it successfully
  • Consolidation of learning
  • Checking of understanding
  • Revision and self-testing
  • Should be a planned part of the schemes of learning

 

Where appropriate

  • Extension of learning for the most able students - reading/ work in addition to what is learned in lesson; something above and beyond the essential information in the specification
  • Preparation of learning - students have material to read prior to studying a topic in lesson

 

  • Should not be to the detriment of student wellbeing
  • Desirable that it does not add to staff workload - students do not have to receive written feedback on every piece of home learning

DO NOTs 

  • Don’t give students anything to learn that will not be taught and learned in a lesson
  • Rarely give completion/finishing off home learning- work that should have been completed in lesson should not become the default home learning
  • Completing assessments and essays is not an effective home learning- unless part of planned revision e.g. GCSE past papers/ questions etc.
  • Don’t ask students to ‘revise’ without proper guidance, scaffolding, explanation and help. Do they have sheets to complete? Materials to use? Clarity about what is on the exam?

Suggested home learning tasks and activities

Knowledge organisers- make, learn, complete
Low stakes tests- revision, completion, re-learn following a test, create tests
Spaced retrieval- revision of topics and skills from previous topics, months, terms etc.
Revision grids/ mind-maps/ activities to complete
Prior reading- not for learning but to provide context for learning that will be happening next lesson- to provide the ‘hooks’ for new information
Challenging reading- articles, blogs, journals, websites etc. that will extend the more able learners
Past papers - planning, practice

Frequency and quantity of homework

KS3

CORE: Homework will be set on the days stipulated in the home learning timetables.

HUMS and MFL- Homework will be set once each cycle but the day set is at the discretion of the teacher

Art, Performing Arts, Technologies and PE will set occasional home learning at the discretion of the teacher.

KS4

Homework must be set on the days stipulated in the homework timetables.

Subject

Frequency

Quantity (approx)

English

4 X per cycle

40-50 mins

Maths

4 X per cycle

40-50 mins

Science

4 X per cycle

40-50 mins

Options subjects

3 X per cycle

40-50 mins

Exams and revision

As the focus for home learning is revision and consolidation of learning, all home learning will support students to be exam-ready and will support their memory for learning.

During exam periods, all subjects will set guided revision as home learning.

As per the exam schedule- home learning for the two weeks prior and weeks of the internal exams must be directly linked to preparation for these exams.

 

Evidence base

  • EEF Toolkit
  • PISA
  • Nuthall: The Hidden Lives of Learners
  • Willingham: Why Students Don’t Like School
  • Dunlosky: Unlocking the Student Toolbox
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