Home Learning



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What is Home Learning?

At Don Valley Academy Home Learning consists of homework set by class teachers and compulsory set tasks set by the Academy.

Why do we set Home Learning?

Home learning is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study/revision skills designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:

  • enable students to become independent and self-motivated learners.
  • develop Deep Learners rather than Surface Learners
  • help students to reinforce and consolidate skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in lessons.
  • support good student progress.
  • be used to extend and enhance knowledge and understanding.
  • encourage good organisation – keeping up to date with activities and meeting deadlines, beneficial to students as they leave the Academy and progress to university or enter the workforce.

How and where should Home Learning be recorded?

Homework should be recorded in students’ planners. It should be recorded when the homework/coursework is due in. This is so management of time can be planned. This will enable both students and parents/carers to review the planner each evening to ensure that students meet each deadline for the following day.

What sort of Homework Tasks are set?

Students will be set a range of learning activities.  These may include:

  • consolidation exercises
  • practice of skills
  • preparation for a lesson
  • research or independent projects

Homework will not always be a written activity and could include watching, listening, reading or discussion.  However, homework should always be meaningful and linked to the scheme of work being followed at the time. 


What sort of Compulsory Set Tasks are set?

Hegarty Maths


Completing work from Hegaty Maths is compulsory for all students in years 7-11. Each pupil is set weekly homework which is instantly marked and this is then fed back to their teacher. Pupils are encouraged to reattempt all homework’s until they have achieved 100%.

Accelerated Reading (AR)

Accelerated reading is a compulsory homework for all students in years 7-9. Students are expected to read twenty minutes a day. For every book students read they take a test which monitors their understanding and reading age. This test can be done at home and in in the LRC. Students have a dedicated AR lesson with their English teacher and Mrs Bradley, our Librarian. Here they are supported to ensure they reach their optimum reading age. As they make progress their choice of book is widened. We have a rewards system for those who make the most progress or take the most quizzes. There are certificates for our millionaire word students.

How much Home Learning is set?

The amount of homework or compulsory set tasks will be dependent on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work. Accelerated Reading is compulsory for year 7-9 and Hegaty Maths is compulsory for year 7 to 11.

How long will students get to complete the Home Learning activity?

Homework deadlines may vary depending on the subject, year group of the student and the nature of the work:

  • short tasks may have a deadline of one week
  • longer projects or coursework may have a deadline of half a term.