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Home-Learning at The Elmgreen School

Home-learning, during lockdown, includes both independent work and homework.

Independent work is the work students are expected to complete, after the teacher taught, live lesson element. 

Homework is additional work, and is typically consolidation/ revision work which seeks to cement prior knowledge. 

At The Elmgreen School, we use Google Classroom to communicate both types of work set. We find it is a simple and purposeful tool that our students use well.

Why Is Home-Learning Important? 

Home-learning ensures strong independent learning habits are formed, across all key stages. It is especially pertinent students complete both types of home-learning. Independent tasks enable teachers to assess whether students have acquired the knowledge from that lesson, whereas homework typically consolidates work set and equips students to retain that knowledge, long-term. It is important students engage with both types of home-learning and as per in-school lessons, teacher feedback will be informed by a combination of both types of work set. 

Our approach to home-learning is informed by robust education research, guidance from Ofsted and The Education Endowment Fund, which is proven to have impact. 

What Curriculum Will My Child Receive Remotely?

We will deliver the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. This is why live lesson attendance, and completing the follow-on work, is especially important. 

How Can I Check My Child’s Home-Learning?

All parents were sent an email invitation from Google Classroom.  When you accept the invitation, you will receive an email confirmation.  Google Classroom will then provide you with email summaries showing your child’s progress in Classroom including missing work, upcoming work and class activity. If you have not been sent a link, please contact the school directly and we will rectify this. 

For more in-depth, troubleshooting advice, please see the below link.


Class codes to access live lessons are below, however, they should also be visible on your child’s Google classroom homepage.

How Much Work Is Set?

Whilst all students work at different rates, we believe it is important to give guidelines of time to help students and families. Please note that these times are only a rough guide. 

Guidelines outside of lockdown:

Years 7 and 8: 45-90 minutes a day plus independent reading. 

Year 9: 60-90 minutes a day plus independent reading. 

Years 10-11: 90-150 minutes a day plus independent reading. 

Years 12-13: 6 hours independent study per subject per week 

Lockdown Guidelines:

We suggest structuring homework completion according to the below timetables for Key Stage 4. This is to enable subject coverage, but also to support students with planning their time during lockdown.

Year 11

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Maths Option A English Science Option C
Option B Option D
+ Independent Revision


Year 10

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Option A English Maths Option C Science
Option B
+ Independent Revision


What Sorts of Homework Tasks Can My Child Expect? 

Homework is most useful when it directly links to current, previous or future learning in the lesson. It is useful to define types of homework so that teachers and students can consider the range of tasks being set and the skills they demand.


Preparation/ pre-teaching   Students are asked to bring prior knowledge to the learning in a way that helps them engage in a topic. For example: ask 5 people their opinion of a piece of art by a famous artist, bullet point three reasons you support or oppose testing on animals, find out 5 uses for modes in business/industry.
Research   Students are given clear guidelines about the topic to find out about with clear instructions about the format in which the research is to be presented. For example, instead of asking to find 5 facts about Cromwell, answer an open-ended question, such as ‘Why is there a statute of Cromwell on Whitehall?’
Practice Students practice a skill they have been working on in lessons by answering questions/writing in the style they have been taught. 
Revision/ consolidation  Homework where students are asked to make mind maps, note cards, posters, bullet points or diagrams of facts/information from the lesson to help them prepare for a text or exam.
Extension Students are given an article to read or a list of websites, books to browse to deepen their understanding of a topic that has been taught
Transformation Students are asked to present what they have learnt in a radically different form: the plot of a novel told through storyboard, a cake in the form of different cells in the body.
Redrafting Students are asked to use the teacher’s feedback to improve upon their original work. This can be further supported through the use of mark schemes and model answers.
Assessment for learning Students are asked to use a mark scheme or criteria to grade and comment on model answers or the work of peers.

How Can Students Contact Their Teacher?

Google classroom functionality means students can contact their teacher for support and advice directly, through email, which will be responded to promptly.

Home Learning Weekly

We would like to celebrate all the great work you are doing at home and the green tickets you are receiving. Every week, we will celebrate the best of all learning completed at home in our weekly newsletter.

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