Chorlton High School recognises that Home Learning is a key factor in supporting the 5-year learning journey for our students. Excellent learning habits such as organisation, prioritisation and practice enable students to be independent learners equipped for success in all they do.
Home learning is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement; it enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.
Not all home learning is completed at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) that are more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school.
At Chorlton High School there are three key parts to ‘home learning:
Home Learning: Home learning is homework that is set by a class teacher and requires submission. Chorlton High School will set all Home Learning tasks through an online platform which is available to all students and parents. From September 2018 the breakdown of provision is:
• Years 7, 8 and 9: Doddle is used in all subjects.
• Years 10 and 11: GCSE-Pod is recommended unless there is a better subject specific resource. Doddle should be used to assign all Non GCSE-Pod homework.
Home Study is preparation for tests and reflection and gap filling after progress tests. In the build up to our progress tests, non-examined assessments (NEAs) or any examinations, home learning becomes home study which is independent enquiry. This takes place during the second half term of each term.
Home reading: We also encourage our students to devote time to home reading as this will give students a wider knowledge base and understanding of the world. We expect all of our students to read at least three times a week at home, however we would like to encourage them to read daily.
Home learning Structure
Years 7 & 8
- English & Maths: weekly
- Science, French & Spanish: 3 times a half term
- All other subjects: a half termly project
Years 9 - 11
- English & Maths: weekly
- Science and option subjects: every two weeks
Doddle is a new online teaching and learning resource for students at CHS that is our main an online homework system. Doddle allows students to access and complete their homework online and it also has a bank of learning and revision materials that students can access at any time.
Doddle can be accessed at www.doddlelearn.co.uk
Student usernames are set up as follows:
- Year 7 example (joebloggs16)
- Year 8 example (sarahobrien15)
- Year 9 example (ahmedchoudry14)
- Year 10 example (myloedwards13)
- Year 11 example (shanicthompson12)
Students will be given their passwords in form time. Students can change their password when they first log in. If a student forgets their password all members of staff are able to access or re-set passwords. Alternatively, students can go to Student Services.
Computer access is available every night after school in F52 (Doddle Club) and F13 (Homework Support) and the library. There are staff available at each venue to support students with their learning and it also provides the opportunity for students to work collaboratively and develop effective learning habits.
A Doddle parents' fact sheet is available to download here.
Doddle Helpline - 01865 208440 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Doddle Parent is your own account that gives you direct access to your child’s Home Learning tasks. You can see the tasks that are due now, any that are overdue and also the marks that they have achieved on any quizzes completed. You will have been sent a unique ‘parent key’ that you will need to use once when setting up your account. If you need a reminder about your parent key please contact the school. A 'Doddle Guide for Parents' is available to download below.
GCSEPOD is an online resource that provides high quality, focused learning in a unique 'Pod' format across 21 popular GCSE subjects, and filtered by exam boards. The podcasts can be viewed on a computer or tablet at www.gcsepod.com and they can also be downloaded and saved onto a phone. This is an excellent resource for supporting student revision and boosting classroom attainment.
GCSE Pod parent accounts are also available. These are available on request and can allow parents to support students through revision activities. GCSE Pod is also available to students in Years 7-9 should they want to activate their accounts.