Independent Study

 

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Independent Study for Year 7, 8 and 9

In year 7 students receive one Independent Study Project (approx’ 4 hours) most weeks and shorter (approx’ 30mins) weekly Independent Study Tasks in maths, French and science.   There may also be preparation to do in advance of certain DT lessons such as preparation of ingredients. Students are also expected to actively revise prior to tests and assessments.  In addition, students should be spending at least 30 minutes reading per week.  

In year 8 and 9 independent study is set weekly for English, maths, science and fortnightly for all other subjects.  There may also be preparation to do in advance of certain DT lessons such as preparation of ingredients. Students are also expected to do revision prior to tests and assessments.  In addition, students should be spending at least 30 minutes reading per week.  

Overall, students in Key Stage 3 should spend a minimum of 1 hour a day engaged in learning activities away from the classroom.

 

Dates and deadlines

It is up to the individual teacher of each class to decide what day of the week to set independent study.  This flexibility enables independent study to be meaningful and clearly linked to learning going in the classroom. 

Subjects will follow the schedule below in year 8 and 9 to ensure that each student’s working weeks are as balanced as possible.

Week 1 - English, maths, science, art, design technology, French, drama, history

Week 2 - English, maths, science, geography, religious studies, Spanish, music, French

Each deadline for independent study should be set for approximately 1 week after it has been set and should never be expected for the next day.     

 

Independent Study for Year 10 and 11

For each two-week cycle of the timetable, a Year 10/11 Maidenhill student should receive 2 Independent Study Tasks per fortnight per subject (1 for religious studies).

In addition, there may be other short preparation tasks in advance of certain practical subjects. Students will also have to complete revision in preparation for tests and assessments.  Longer tasks may also be set over 2 or more sessions for larger pieces of work.   Regular ACTIVE revision of all work covered is also expected.  

It is up to the individual teacher of each class to decide what day of the week to set independent study.  This flexibility enables independent study to be meaningful and clearly linked to learning going in the classroom. 

Overall, students in Key Stage 4 should spend a minimum of 1 ½ hours engaged in learning activities away from the classroom although this figure is likely to increase significantly during exam or assessment periods.

 

 

 

 

 

Name Date
Parent Guide to Independent Study 2nd October 2017 Download >
Year 7 Independent Study Project Schedule 2017-2018 21st July 2017 Download >