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Home Learning

Home learning (independent learning) is a vital skill. It provides experience of working independently, where students plan their own time and are self-reliant. It also equips them for exam preparation, further and higher education and the world of work.

There are three main aspects of home learning:

  • Consolidation of class-work (eg complete questions based on what was learnt in Maths)
  • Preparation for future learning (eg find out three facts about a topic before learning about it more fully in class)
  • Independent projects (where students complete an individual piece of research)

Students will be set home learning tasks every day. Some tasks will be quite short, such as learning vocabulary, some will be extended project work.

We do set guide times for home learning but appreciate that these are very much a loose guide because everyone works at a different pace. We just ask that students do their best.

We encourage parents to be actively involved with home learning but it is not the parents’ work. Instead parents should draw answers from their son/daughter by using open questioning. If neither of you know, you can learn together! This is the ideal situation for having learning conversations.


Learning Conversations

How you can help at home

At The Swanage School we believe a child’s parents/carers are an integral part of the learning process. We encourage parents to have regular ‘learning conversations’ with their son or daughter.

This is not a ‘nag’, where a parent chases up homework and so on. Rather it is a chance for your child to explain what they have learned and experienced during the school day. It might be that they explain a concept to you or an idea they had during a lesson.

For instance, you might ask: ‘So tell me about your favourite lesson/activity today... What was enjoyable about it?’, ‘What did you learn from it?’, ‘I’ve not heard of that, can you explain it to me?’, ‘That’s interesting, tell me some more...’, ‘Tell me about something you found difficult (and why). Can we work it out together?’