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Home Learning

At The Castle School we believe that home learning is one of a range of teaching and learning styles available to us and is important for a number of reasons:

  • it encourages students to study on their own
  • it helps them to develop perseverance, self-discipline and organisation
  • it allows parents and other adults to become involved in students’ work
  • students can practice skills learned in school 
  • they can consolidate knowledge if there is a gap in learning
  • more rapid progress can be made as more ground is covered
  • work in school can concentrate on activities requiring the teacher's presence
  • it enables the use of materials and information sources not available in the classroom

What types of home learning tasks are set?

Home learning may take a variety of forms.   It might involve writing, drawing, revising, memorising, reading, investigating, collecting data, Internet research, watching a particular TV programme, etc.  There will be some variety in the ways in which home learning tasks are set, but as a guide, students should be spending approximately 30 minutes per subject per week in Year 7, increasing gradually through the years.

How will home learning be assessed/monitored?

Home learning tasks may be teacher marked, peer- assessed or self-assessed.  Students’ learning may be checked through tests, presentations, performances or discussions.

How can parents help with home learning?

There are many ways in which parents and carers can help:  encouraging and supporting their child, checking presentation, handwriting and spelling, testing what has been set to be learnt, listening to them read what they have written, asking them to explain what they have been studying. 

It is not helpful to do their work for them, but where there is difficulty, parents can help by talking through with their child what they think is needed or what they do not understand.

We ask parents to support us in seeing that homework is done conscientiously and in the best possible conditions.   To do their homework well students need somewhere quiet, where they can sit comfortably, at a table to work.  Parents should ask to see their child's Homework Diary and sign it each week, to indicate that they have looked at it, before the form tutor countersigns it. 

Children work at different speeds and so home learning tasks will take longer for some than for others.   If there is a repeated difficulty, we encourage parents to contact the subject teacher or form tutor.   Similarly we will make contact if we are concerned about home learning problems which parents could help resolve.    

Where can students go for further information or additional resources?

Students should consult their teachers if they are unsure about home learning tasks, but they may also find help from the Resource Centre, recommended websites and the VLE. Below is some subject specific guidance.


What types of home learning tasks are set?

Where can students go for further information or additional resources?


Reading, Research
Learning key words
Planning, drafting and revising pieces of writing


Learning Key Words, Formulae, Times tables
ICT – and MathsWatch CD
Consolidation exercises
Exercise book – modelled examples
Question sheets to develop ideas met in class
Designing leaflets/posters/newspaper articles about a science related issue
Summary ‘posters’
Writing up experiments/skills associated with this
Revision guides
Learning vocabulary or grammar
Consolidation exercises
French: cahier de référence/cahier de français
German : Erstehilfe/Deutschheft for additional practice.
Independent projects
Art Rooms every lunchtime
Visit Art Galleries, Museums, Libraries
Tasks set in a termly
Learning key terms and definitions.
Consolidation exercises
Refinement or improvement of classwork tasks.
Online tests and theory work.
Research tasks.
Monitoring fitness and activity levels
Monitoring diet
Exam tasks
Question and Answer
Planning and Preparation
Market Research