Home Learning & Extended Learning Opportunities

Why do we set home learning?

At Outwood Academy Shafton we view homework as a learning entitlement. Home learning should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:

  • extend and support classwork
  • consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
  • extend and support every child’s learning
  • develop the skills of an independent learner
  • develop deep learners rather than surface learners
  • allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
  • develop skills and attributes such as resilience and investigation as well as all the other qualities in the Outwood Academy Learning Model
  • develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce

How and where should home learning be recorded?

Home learning should be recorded in the student planner. It should be recorded when the home learning /coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. Note on the deadline date that there is home learning /coursework due in. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.

Extended Learning Opportunities

Art

There are many resources/websites available to support students in developing their knowledge and understanding of art and their artistic skills:

Computer Science

Students can use their G Suite log-in to access the OGAT Computer Science resource for working at home.

Design Technology

There are lots of websites available to support home learning in Hospitality & Catering and Engineering:

English

Years 7 and 8

All students are issued with an accelerated reading book. They are to read this independently at home. It is recommended that students read for at least 20 minutes five times a week. Students in Y7 and 8 are also required to learn their Dirty 30 spellings. These can be found in their planners on page 131.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Students in Y9, 10 and 11 are also required to learn their Dirty 30 spellings. These can be found in their planners on page 131.

Students are also expected to use the OGAT English revision website to inform all of their revision and skills practice. The website contains everything that students to know for both English Language and English Literature. It includes lots of revision notes, annotated poems, clips, key messages, past papers, mark schemes and example responses. There are sections available for Reading, Creative Writing, Transactional Writing and Literature. The website can be found following:

English Revision

Students need their Google Drive login details to access the website.

Geography

Students can find specific help and tips for GCSE Geography at geography.outwood.com

History

A weekly homework quiz will be set. You can access this by going to History.Outwood.com

Sign in using your login details – You were given these on a sticker in VMG. It will look something like:

  • Username: S24189@student.Outwood.com
  • Password: Password1

Once on the website, select the topic your are studying & select the homework your teacher has set. Click the link to do the homework. This can be accessed on mobile devices, tablets, laptops etc.

LRC

Provision to come into the LRC before the academy day starts, at break and lunch times (with a LRC pass) to complete homework, read and exchange books and take Accelerated Reader quizzes.

After school we are open to all students and offer:

  • Monday: Board games & Educake science session
  • Wednesday:Film Night
  • Thursday: Reading Club
  • Friday: Creative activities

Computers and books are available every night except Tuesday for homework, research and Accelerated Reader.

Maths

Hegarty is a brilliant learning tool used across year groups in the academy. Below you will find a handy guide for parents along with information on how students can log-in.

PE

Links to resources related to Physical Education courses can be found below:

Edexcel GCSE PE resoiurces can be found at:

BTEC Sport, Activity and Fitness resources can be found at:

OCR Cambridge National Sports Science resources can be found at:

Photography

In Photography the best resources that students can use at home are:

  • Pinterest to give students ideas of how they can experiment with their photographs in terms of cutting them up, stitching into them and using a variety of other media etc.
  • Youtube for an excellent way of learning new skills of how to use Photoshop to create different effects such as double exposure, blending photographs, using shapes to create effects and may more.

Science

All students are set Science homework on Educake. We also provide opportunity for students to use the library 3.30 – 4.30pm to complete this with a science specialist available for further support. Please access Educake here.