Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.

Homework matters

As we continue in our drive to ‘Make The Difference’ for the young people of our community, we are fully aware of the important role homework plays in extending learning. As a result, we are keen to further develop this area of our practice. Homework is an important means of helping students to achieve their potential in all subject areas by helping them to become active, independent learners and by promoting their enthusiasm for learning.

At Harrop Fold, each subject sets regular, challenging and meaningful homework. There is also an expectation that homework is completed to the highest standards by students.

Homework enables students to:
• Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities
• Develop research skills
• Have an opportunity for independent work and take ownership and responsibility for learning
• Show progress and understanding
• Enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline

The role of the student is to:
• Listen to homework instructions in class
• Copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the Student Planner
• Ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline
• Attempt all work and give their best
• Inform the class teacher of any difficulties, before it is due to be handed in

How to help your son/daughter with their homework:
The role of the parent/carer is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework. Parents/carers should reinforce its value through positive feedback to give their child the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement.

Listed at the bottom of this page are the types of homework your son / daughter are expected to complete including ways in which you could support them.

If there is anything you would like to discuss with regards to homework, please feel free to contact the school on the numbers provided.

Type of homeworkWhat your son / daughter should doWhat you could do to help your son / daughter
LearningThe learning is to remember certain words, facts, details, rules or information.Ask your son / daughter to tell you what the whole task is about. You could look up definitions to ensure your son / daughter is learning the correct terminology.
Writing upYour son / daughter will use homework time to write about work completed in school or write a finished version of rough work done in school.Ask your son / daughter to explain what they are going to write up so that you can tell if they have a clear understanding of what is expected.
ReadingYou son or daughter may be asked to read a book, a section of a book or magazine or an article to help support their literacy skills.Take interest in the book or article, ask your son or daughter to tell you about the theme or plot from the book or article. You could ask your son / daughter what they have learned from reading the book or article, any new words. What did they notice?
Reading aheadReading ahead in a book, or on the internet to be prepared for the next stage of learning.Be aware of what topics they are studying in various lessons, ask questions about what they have found out by reading ahead.
RevisionRevisiting a section of work / topic previously studied in preparation for an examination or assessment.Encourage your child to explain the work to you. Ask questions once they are ready. You might even want to mark the answers if your child has a text book, access to the internet or an answer paper.
Take-awayYour son / daughter is to select a piece of homework from a list of prepared homework and complete one task each week throughout the year. Have a copy of the take away homework sheet and tick off each homework once your son / daughter completes a piece of homework. Ask them frequently how many they have left to do in order for them not to fall behind.
CompletingAny projects / pieces of work which may be missing due to student absence or other reasons work was missed in class.Look at the whole piece of work and make some suggestions. Ask your son / daughter to tell you what the whole task is about to ensure they are up to date with all their work.
Rough workYour child could be asked to prepare for a lesson by recording ideas and informationSuggest a starting point and check ideas. Support with grammar, spelling and punctuation where possible
Research / Finding or sourcing new informationSearching for information on a given subject. Part of this homework might be done in the school library, in an ICT room, at homework club or at home.Do not do the research for them but encourage and help when they are stuck. Suggest where information can be found, rather than finding it for them.
QuestionsCompleting answers to questions that were set after a topic in a lesson.Do not do the research for them but encourage and help when they are stuck. Suggest where information can be found, rather than finding it for them.
SpellingsYour son / daughter is to learn spellings given from a subject teacher or from their form teacher (given weekly in years 7,8 and 9).Read, say, cover, write, check - repeat


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