Batley Grammar School is currently trialling a home learning project system at Key Stage 3, where each subject across the school replaces all of their usual homeworks for a half term with a single home learning project. These substantial projects are crafted to boost particular areas of student skill, knowledge and understanding, and to engage closely with our whole-school concerns, such as careers and growth mindset. They challenge students to work to the very best of their capability, deepen their understanding, consolidate their classwork, and prepare them for learning to come.
The first subjects to trial home learning projects in the autumn term were English (research journal), Food Technology (‘Fabulous Feasting’), Geography (volcanoes), ICT (emerging and future technologies) and Religious Studies (identity collage).
On the penultimate afternoon before the Christmas holidays, a joint home learning project showcase and staff bake-off was held, where students and staff alike celebrated the excellent work produced by students in their home learning projects so far. Departmental staff and students were available to talk about their experiences of the home learning project system in order for staff delivering projects in the spring term to learn more about how to get the very best out of this way of working. Cake was enjoyed by all as we learned!
Many thanks from Dr Banham, coordinator of the home learning project strategy, to all of the students who kindly gave up their time to help this event be so enjoyable and informative, and to the members of staff who contributed to making the event such a positive note upon which to end the year!