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Home Learning at DG

At Deptford Green School, we believe that home learning is of central importance in supporting the overall learning of our students. We are committed to ensuring that home learning set is of a high quality and provides meaningful and challenging opportunities to stretch and support student understanding.

Purposeful home learning can support students to secure greater progress by preparing students for new learning, providing opportunities to practice skills learned in class and reviewing knowledge acquired throughout the school curriculum. Home learning is also key in building the skills students require to become lifelong learners, promoting positive behaviours such as resilience, self-discipline, and independent thinking.

We believe that developing a love for reading should be a fundamental and achievable aspiration for everyone. Reading builds imagination and knowledge and helps us to make connections between people and places. Therefore, all students at Deptford Green are expected to read independently at home.

At Deptford Green, we recognise that independent learning can be challenging and requires resilience, determination and practice to succeed. Therefore, we encourage a strong working relationship and clear communication between staff, students and parents to support with building these skills.

How will home learning be set and recorded?

  • All home learning will be set using class charts. Parents and students can log on to track deadlines and check instructions to complete the independent tasks.
  • Links to any other learning materials, quizzes or external websites will be added to class charts. Electronic copies of any paper resources should also be uploaded to class charts for students to access.
  • Students should record any home learning set, key details of the task and the deadline in their home learning planner during the lesson in which it is set.

How long should students spend on home learning?

  • Each piece of home learning set will be designed to take students 20-30 minutes to complete.
  • Students at Key Stage 3 should spend no longer than 60 minutes on home learning each evening.

When will home learning be set?

  • At Key Stage 3 core subjects (English, Maths and Science) students will set home learning weekly to complete. Students will also be expected to spend at least 20 minutes reading independently each day and logging their progress by completing accelerated reader quizzes.
  • For non-core subjects at Key Stage 3, home learning will be set bi-weekly.
  • For our KS4 students it is expected that they will complete one home learning task per subject, per week. Students should also be working on independent revision activities throughout KS4 to support with their GCSE examinations.

Where can students get support with their home learning?

  • Students requiring extra help they should speak to, or message their teacher for help with sufficient time before the deadline.
  • Students requiring additional support or access to technology should attend the home learning clubs in school. Support will be available in the school library and in designated rooms advertised in school.
Week A Week B
Independent reading Independent reading
English English
Maths Maths
Science Science
Art Geography
Computing Modern Foreign Languages
History Ethics
Music DT
Drama Oracy