Homework

Home learning and revision

Did you know that students who do purposeful home learning every evening perform better when it comes to their subject exams? It is a no brainer!

At Cardinal Wiseman we have very high expectations of our students’ home learning. Our aim is to instil excellent home learning habits from Year 7. We aim to create independent learners at Key Stage 3 so that these are embedded in preparation for GCSE.

Pupils at Cardinal Wiseman who consistently complete home learning on time and to an excellent standard are:

Curious and active – delivering and participating in an exciting and innovative curriculum, both inside and independently outside the classroom, to instil a life-long passion for learning in all

Intentional and Prophetic – Aiming for success and aspiring to be the very best that we can be

At Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School we aim:

  • To establish the attitudes and independent study habits needed for post 16 education.
  • To prepare our learners effectively for all examinations.
  • To develop, extend and apply knowledge and understanding relevant to curriculum subjects.
  • To actively engage parents and carers in home learning.
  • To build a shared sense of identity and common purpose.
  • To be guided by the Wiseman Virtues to enable them to be successful in their home learning activities.
  • To enable students to see the importance of revision and how to effectively revise for their qualifications.

How can parents/carers support their children?

  1. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure they have a well-lit place, quiet place to complete homework.
  2. Schedule a regular study time. Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  3. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  4. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework.
  5. Praise their work and efforts. Praise for effort. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  6. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Contact your child’s head of year or their subject teacher.

“Home learning is very clear at Cardinal Wiseman. All the pupils have a timetable which tells them what home learning is set on which day. It helps them to prepare for the world of work when they leave school.” (Year 10 parent)

“Home learning helps me to find out what I didn’t understand from my lessons that day.” (Year 9 pupil)

All pupils have received a home learning timetable which is available here:

KS3 Home learning timetable

KS4 Home learning timetable

For more information please see our home learning policy:

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