We believe extended learning (homework) is an important part of the learning experience for students at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy. Homework is an opportunity for students to revisit learning to further embed the knowledge they need to access their lessons.
From September 2018:
Every student is issued with a Knowledge Organiser at the beginning of each half term, where subjects have documented all the key facts and knowledge that students will need to remember and recall during their lessons. The Knowledge Organiser is accompanied by an exercise book, where students will complete their homework each night of the week. Students are expected to complete homework for two prescribed lessons a night from a different section of the Knowledge Organiser; this should take 40 minutes (20 minutes per subject) and be a whole page in the exercise book (half a page for each subject), which the form tutor will check the following day. At the front of each Knowledge Organiser there is a timetable, outlining which subject and section students should be studying each night. Students can demonstrate their engagement with their homework through a number of ways including: mind maps, lists, self quizzes, using terminology in full sentences, detailed explanations, diagrams, flow charts etc.
After school sessions run Monday-Thursday to support completion of homework.
At Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, we recognise and value the impact that reading for pleasure has on academic achievement. Therefore, we also expect students to be reading their own book, which can be loaned from our library, for 20 minutes every night.
There may be times where the subject teacher requests that students complete additional pieces of homework, for which they will be given ample time to complete.