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 Support at Home 

Support at Home

At Alderman Knight School we work with parents and carers to support learning at home. We understand the difficulties some pupils will have completing work at home and as a result we have developed a flexible homework approach which involves parents and carers. Homework expectations, which are tailored to the individual class, are discussed at the first parents evening in September and agreed with parents.

In KS2, homework is usually weekly and is designed to develop reading and comprehension skills.

In KS3, homework expectations are slowly increased as pupils progress from Year 7 to Year 9 to help prepare them for KS4. Usually this is English in Year 7, progressing to English and Maths in Year 8 and then English, Maths and Science in Year 9. However, there is flexibility in this as the tutor teams advise on whether these expectations are appropriate for their class and then will modify these expectations on an individual level in discussion with parents and carers. 

In KS4, homework expectations are dependent upon the exams/accreditations they are working towards. If pupils are working towards GCSE accreditations each subject will set homework on a regular basis. For other KS4 accreditations homework will be set where it is beneficial and appropriate. As in KS3, KS4 tutor teams will discuss homework expectations with parents and carers and modify these where necessary to suit individual pupil needs.

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We have purchased subscriptions to a number of resources to aid the development of literacy and numeracy skills. These resources can also be accessed from home and are used routinely for homework. Please see the links and information below.

Maths

Primary (KS2)

CorbettMaths Primary has video teaching, practice exercises and answers for all topics studied within primary.

Secondary (KS3)

MyMaths is a product we purchase and is used within some of the KS3 classes and is often used for homework.  There are lessons and homework (practice) parts.  All pupils have their personal login to MyMaths.

MathsPad is a product we purchase and is used within some of the KS3 classes and is often used for homework.  There are occasionally video lessons to support the activities.  There are ‘Badges’ that pupils can use to practice their skills.

CorbettMaths has video teaching, practice exercises and answers for all topics studied within secondary.  Care needs to be taken as topics do go all the way through to GCSE grade 9.

Secondary (KS4 and Post-16)

MathsPad is a product we purchase and is used within some of the KS3 classes and is often used for homework.  There are occasionally video lessons to support the activities.  There are ‘Badges’ that pupils can use to practice their skills.

CorbettMaths has video teaching, practice exercises and answers for all topics studied within secondary.  Care needs to be taken as topics do go all the way through to GCSE grade 9.

MathsGenie has video teaching, practice exercises and answers for all topics studied within secondary.  All topics are displayed by GCSE grade.

English

Pupils use the Accelerated Reader package in school to promote reading for pleasure and aid comprehension. Parents and Carers can login to their child’s account to see which books they have completed, quiz scores and get book recommendations.

If logins for these on-line resources are required, they will be sent out in the Autumn Term. If you need logins sent home please contact your child’s tutor.

We hold sessions for parents and carers to come into school to find out more about how pupils are taught and how they can support at home. This will include a session for parents on revision techniques and how to reduce pupils’ anxiety levels in the run up to external exams.

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