Pupils receive two main types of homework at St Aidan’s:
1. Ascent work – Subject teachers set homework which supports pupils to climb their own mountains: giving stability; providing nourishment; recognising learning as the fundamental focus of all our work; ensuring that each child can develop as a whole person and ‘celebrate life to the full’ in order to reach the summits of their mountains. During pupils’ ascent it is vital that a secure knowledge of the curriculum is acquired. The ascent homework focuses on Key Concept driven essential knowledge for pupils to build upon allowing them then to fully access the breadth and depth of the curriculum.
2. Summit work- Subject Teachers set homework that promotes pupil independence, exploration and discovery in order to thrive and flourish as a whole person, developing the necessary knowledge and skills to open doors to a successful career, apprenticeship, employment or Higher/Further Education. Our aim is to provide a platform that consistently challenges all pupils to reach higher, to never settle for mediocrity and to be intrinsically motivated to be the best possible version of themselves at all times.
100% Work (Y7-11)
- ALL pupils will complete the 100% work daily – this will be recorded in a red notebook to ensure pupils take pride in their work and value it; staff will regularly remind pupils of the importance of retrieval – Practice makes Permanent!
- Work completed will be signed (initialled) and dated by the subject teacher who delivers the morning meeting each day.
- Brain dump sheets should be kept neatly in the pupil 100% file and checked periodically (end of every half term) by staff.
- Teachers will use the 100% book to check the boxes are being completed in the correct way. Regular socialisation and practice will occur in Y8-11 to allow pupils to get this right.
- The 100% book should be utilised in all lessons.
- Pupils not completing the 100% work correctly will receive a detention. Repeat offenders will receive additional support at break. Heads of House will monitor and action this.
Independent reading for pleasure (Y7-11)
- Pupils must complete ‘Reading Logs’ weekly, ensuring they are up to date. Parents must comment and sign each Friday. (Then planner will be redesigned for 2021-22 to allow this record to be kept there.)
- Pupils should do 20mins (minimum) of independent reading for pleasure each night. This could be silent reading or reading aloud to parents/ family member. Exposing pupils to a culture where storytelling is valued and rich, aids all of us: it enables older pupils to look to anecdotes to help them understand new concepts; it helps younger pupils assimilate ideas; and it encourages us all to think about our curriculum as a collection of great stories of world culture.
- Parents should sign the pupil reading log each Friday to acknowledge this has occurred each day.
- Staff will check reading logs every Monday during morning meeting. Staff will do this as pupils answer questions in silence.
- Pupils who struggle to successfully engage in reading and are unable to maintain their reading log will be supported at break time with reading for 20 minutes. Each bubble will have designated day and room for each year group.
- Staff will record issues with pupils not completing reading logs/parents not signing reading logs on class charts using ‘Reading Logs incomplete’, this will not be associated with a detention. Pastoral staff will analyse this weekly and determine which pupils require further intervention to address non-engagement. Pastoral staff will develop a suitable timetable to ensure pupils identified completed break time reading.
- If pupils fail to engage with additional reading support then a detention should be issued for lack of effort.
Numeracy Work (Y7 & 8)
- At St Aidan’s we believe a strong focus on numeracy is essential: all children and young people require numeracy skills to gain access to learning and to succeed in life.
- Pupils in Year 7 and 8 will all complete numeracy based homework – In Y7 this will be a weekly task via Times Tables Rock Stars and in Y8 a weekly task via Hegarty Maths. This will be co-ordinated by the Maths department.
- Year 7- Time Tables Rock Stars – Set Monday, deadline Friday.
- Year 8- Hegarty Maths- Set Friday, deadline following Friday.
- If pupils do not complete this homework it will be recorded on Classcharts as a detention in the usual way, once detention is complete, pupils get a fresh start.
- Repeat offenders: a different approach is required, this will involve the loss of social time in order to complete work missed using departmental iPads.
- Celebrating outcomes: The Maths department will develop league tables to display on school screens, website feed and social media to inform parents and pupils of their successes.
Knowledge Gap tasks (Y7-9)
- Following a formative assessment Y7 and Y8 teachers will plan a knowledge gap lesson to address common misconceptions and weaknesses of the class, no additional homework is set.
- Following a formative assessment in Y9, teachers should set a short homework based on the common misconceptions and weaknesses of the class. This can be delivered via an online platform or paper-based activity. The activity will be appropriate for the pupils allowing them to close the knowledge gaps and develop a secure knowledge of the curriculum.
- Class teachers will take responsibility to quality assure the homework of each pupil; at this point staff will identify issues: lack of effort or lack of understanding, for example. If lack of effort, an appropriate sanction will be applied; if lack of understanding then further individualised intervention will be provided.
- Following a summative assessment in Y7-9 a review lesson will occur to address the individual pupil gaps in line with the MARR document (pupils do not receive a homework task for Summative assessments in Y7-9).
Knowledge Gap tasks (Y10/11)
Knowledge Gap Tasks for Year 10 and Year 11 – these will be issued following a formative and summative assessment.
- Teachers will set a short homework based on the common misconceptions and weaknesses of the class. This can be delivered via an online platform or paper-based activity. The activity will be appropriate for the pupils and allow them to close the knowledge gaps, developing a secure knowledge of the curriculum.
- Class teachers will take responsibility to quality assure the homework of each pupil. At this point staff will identify issues: lack of effort or lack of understanding, for example. If lack of effort, an appropriate sanction will be applied; if lack of understanding then further individualised intervention should be provided.
- Pupils in Y10 and Y11 will complete a review lesson to address misconceptions, weaknesses and allow teachers to set task(s) that address individual weaknesses/need for the individual pupil. See MARR for details.
- In addition to this, pupils will also receive a knowledge gap task that is tailored to individual needs. Class teachers will take responsibility to quality assure the homework of each pupil; at this point staff will identify issues: lack of effort or lack of understanding, for example. If lack of effort an appropriate sanction will be applied; if lack of understanding then further individualised intervention will be provided.
- All knowledge gap tasks are designed to ensure pupils develop a secure knowledge of the taught curriculum.
All formative assessments will be marked using the visualiser as outlined in the marking policy.
All homework, including knowledge gap tasks will be recorded on Classcharts to ensure parents are informed.
Year 7 & 8
- Stretch projects will be completed in Cycle 2 and 3 of the academic year and are a vital part in allowing pupils to experience a broad and balanced curriculum. In Y7 and 8 pupils have access to four stretch projects ranging from local historical investigations to sustainable development in the city centre. These provide pupils with the opportunity to take control of their own learning, find passion for a topic and gain the confidence to present their findings to peers and their families.
- Y7- ‘Climbing our mountains’ and ‘Bugs- the answer to a sustainable future?’
- Y8- ‘Race across the world’ and ‘How can we as individuals have a positive impact on the environment?’
- All pupils in Y7 and Y8 participate in our exciting CLIMB initiative which provides a diverse range of experiences to enable each individual to begin their journey to the top of their own personal mountain. Pupils engage in a range of tasks to reach milestones on their mountain every academic year. This is developed for all pupils as they progress further through the school with the prestigious Mayors Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Summit Room– Pupils will access the Summit Room via TEAMS each CYCLE. It will contain links for all subject areas to reading material (linked with Scholarly reading and use of The Day) and multimedia links such as documentaries, podcasts, films, programmes and other tasks for pupils to complete from each subject area. Pupils can complete as many of the tasks as they wish as the cycle progresses.
- A member of leadership will collate the information from subject leads and update the Summit Room template. This will happen once a cycle.
Year 10 & 11
- Summit Room– Pupils will access the Summit Room via TEAMS each half term. This work requires advance communication across the departments.
- Each half term will be allocated a theme which links tasks across different subject areas and Gatsby benchmarks 2, 4, and 7, thus enabling pupils to identify links across subjects and how they link to the world of work.
- Pupils will have access to this programme throughout Year 10 and up until end of Cycle 1 for Year 11. For Year 11 Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 the template will be amended to address careers based links via Unifrog.
- When pupils click on the careers button it will direct them to Unifrog. Here, there is a locker room where information about HE and FE can be shared, embedding further Gatsby Benchmarks for 2, 4 and 7. The Careers Officer will work closely with the Leadership link to ensure the connections are strong and purposeful.
- Pupils who submit any subject based summit work should be given an effort grade and appropriate Classcharts points. Pupils who log into Unifrog and complete work on there will be awarded points by the Careers Officer which will subsequently feed into Classcharts.
- Pupil’s efforts are to be acknowledged in House points, league tables, website feed and social media. The Pastoral Team will coordinate this.