The setting of ‘extended learning’ provides pupils with the opportunity to consolidate and extend the learning that takes place at school. It involves parents/carers in their child’s learning and strengthens the home/school partnership. ‘Extended learning’ also provides opportunities for independence and encourages pupils to develop the habit of studying.
Alongside this, ‘extended learning’ tasks help to develop personal learning and thinking skills such as independent enquiry, self-management and creative thinking. It helps pupils to develop perseverance and self-discipline and this in turn aids the development of confidence to deal with frustrations, overcome difficulties and solve problems.
The nature of extended learning tasks
- Tasks should be used to consolidate and extend learning and should not usually be ‘finishing off’ classwork.
- Extended Learning should involve a variety of tasks, techniques and processes.
- Where possible and appropriate, pupils should be involved in the decision making process regarding extended learning tasks.
- Tasks that require the use of ICT should be set with time built in for pupils to access school ICT resources.
The timetabling of extended learning
- Extended Learning should be set when it is most appropriate to fit in with a lesson or sequence of lessons. This does not have to be weekly, but should not be more than once per week per subject.
- Extended Learning should not be set and expected in on the following day, except in extraordinary circumstances.
- Some extended learning may be of an optional ‘extension’ nature, but in these circumstances should not hinder the general classroom progress of those pupils who choose not to complete it.
- Extended Learning that is expected to be completed over a number of weeks should be given out in chunks. For example, a six week project should be broken down into more manageable weekly tasks to help pupils with time management and organisational skills. This said, an overall vision of the project should still be shared with pupils at the outset.
Extended Learning support / help
- Extra-curricular clubs and support groups, both formal and informal, should ideally be available wherein staff and other pupils (prefects and subject ambassadors) are available to help with extended learning.
- Printed sheets detailing extended learning should be considered where appropriate, particularly where literacy, use of keywords etc. is a major part of the task. Sheets like this are particularly useful if pupils have missed all, or part of, lessons due to other school activities or absence.
- Form tutors should encourage pupils in form time to check on their pupil planner and to reinforce organisational skills linked to extended learning.
Extended Learning and Planners
Pupils may receive work to complete at home from their class teacher. All extended learning must be recorded in the student planner.
Parents should check and sign planners at the end of every week to ensure pupils are completing the work given.
All pupils will be given a student planner at the beginning of the school term. Student planners are full of useful information you may need to refer to:
- Uniform Policy
- Home School Agreement
- How to deal with bullying
- School day – times of periods/breaks
- Details of the school’s societies
If you lose your planner or need to replace it you can purchase another from Business Services at school.
How can Parents help?
- Extended Learning is important in raising achievement, encouraging independent study and consolidating learning.
- We expect pupils to try their best and we value your support.
- Check your child’s planner regularly and take an interest in what they are doing. Please sign the planner at the end of each week.
- Make sure your child has a quiet and calm environment in which to complete their extended learning.
- Please ensure your child has all the equipment and materials they will need, such as pencil crayons, ruler, calculator, glue.
- Use the notes section of your child’s planner if you wish to communicate with the form tutor or subject teacher.