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Home Learning 

Home Learning at Leeds East Academy  

Home learning is important because it enables children to: 

  • Continue learning outside of the classroom 
  • Consolidate newly-acquired knowledge, revise prior learning and practise skills 
  • Develop the self discipline, resilience and confidence to study independently 
  • Involve parents/carers in their learning 

Research has proven that completing work independently enhances a child’s learning and improves achievement.  To this end, subject areas have carefully planned home learning to embed the powerful knowledge and key terminology from the curriculum.  

At Leeds East Academy home-learning will focus on the knowledge organiser and reading. 

Knowledge Organisers

The knowledge organiser is a booklet which details the powerful knowledge and vocabulary that your child will be learning each term.  Every page has been developed by the different subject areas to detail all the key information, concepts and subject specific terminology/information related to the units being studied in the curriculum.    

Rationale 

  • The focus of formal examinations has moved to retrieval and application of knowledge This puts increasing pressure on children to know and retain even more information for longer. 
  • Provide children and parents with an overview of the learning journey for each term and the resources to acquire the powerful knowledge. 
  • The secret to success is to regularly revisit the knowledge to be learned (known as ‘spaced retrieval’). This helps transfer the knowledge from the short-term memory to the long-term memory. This not only helps to make it ‘stick’, but it also frees up our short-term memory for new learning and experiences.  

The knowledge organiser will be an integral part of learning and must be brought to school every day so that it can be referred to in lesson and used to recall prior learning.  

Please click the link to copies of our Knowledge Organisers and strategies for using these at home.

Reading

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a child’s educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, stronger writing and oracy skills, and a better understanding of other cultures.   

We hold a heavy focus on explicitly teaching vocabulary so that our pupils can engage in, and enjoy, reading. It has been proven that a child's understanding of the vocabulary of the text must be at least 75% for them to be able to understand it. A child's reading ability is important to their success in school as it will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills.

Home Learning Hub

We welcome students to access our Home Learning Hub. The Home Learning Hub is available to students Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school in A06. The Home Learning Hub provides a quiet, well-resourced space for students to engage with independent learning. Teacher support is readily available during this time should students require further support and to IT facilities are available should students wish to complete online tasks, coursework, or additional research.

Home Learning Hub (A06):

Tuesday:        KS3 and KS4 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday: KS3 2:45pm – 3:45pm

                       KS4 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Thursday:       KS3 and KS4 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Home Learning Expectations and Timetable

  • Pupils should read for 30 minutes at least four time a week 
  • Home learning will be set by subject teachers in the calendared lesson 
  • Home Learning activities will focus on reading, online programmes such as Hegarty Maths, Educake and GCSEPod and the Knowledge Organiser
  • Students are to complete home learning in exercise books where appropriate
  • Iterative quizzes/online checking/review of work in exercise book will indicate whether home learning has been completed
  • We believe that home learning is integral to supporting children develop independent learning skills. If three home learning tasks as missed, this will result in a referral to the academy’s Home Learning Hub where further support and guidance can be accessed
  • The academy’s Positive Behaviour policy will ensue if students do not attend and engage with their Home Learning Hub referral and a detention will be issued
  • Students will be praised for the independent learning they complete using Arbor points, postcards and celebration of achievement

Home Learning Timetable 

Key Stage 3 

Subject 

Day Set & Checked 

KS3 Frequency/Half Term 

Weeks Set 

(Checked following week) 

Mathematics 

Monday 

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

English  

Tuesday  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Science  

Friday  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Citizenship  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 2 and 4  

Geography  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 3 and 5  

History  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 4 and 6  

Spanish  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 2 and 4  

Art  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 3 and 5  

Drama  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 4 and 6  

Music  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 2 and 4  

Computing  

As per timetable  

2 x per half term  

Week 4 and 6  

English  

Tuesday  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

 * Personal development project to be set for each holiday via Guardian time 

Key Stage 4 

Subject 

Day Set & Checked 

KS3 Frequency/Half Term 

Weeks Set 

(Checked following week) 

Mathematics 

Monday 

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

English  

Tuesday  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Science  

Friday  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Option X 

As per timetable  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Option Y 

As per timetable  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

Option Z 

As per timetable  

1 x per week  

Week 1,2,3,4,5,6  

 * Extended core subject revision task to be set for each holiday (x3)