Independent Learning Tasks
We ask our students to complete Independent Learning Tasks (ILTs), which is our phrase for ‘homework’. They can be completed at home, or in the Library.
These tasks are set so that students develop self-discipline and independent learning skills such as planning, time-management, research and self-review. The tasks will often consolidate and extended classroom learning, but the main goal is to develop greater levels of independence.
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Planners and grids
At the start of each half term, students are given a new planner (and copies can be found below). The planners contain a page for each subject, explaining the tasks they will need to complete over the course of the half term.
Academy staff carefully plan so that ILT deadlines are spread out, and students won’t have too many due in at the same time. Core subjects like English, Maths and Science set more tasks than other subjects.
Each ILT gives students a choice – whether to complete the core, extension or killer level. Teachers will reward students with Class Charts points for completing an ILT well, and will give extra points for students who make an exceptional effort.
For each subject, the planners also contain some keywords and a super challenge which students can choose to attempt.
How to help your child with ILTs
- Help your child plan their workload. At the start of each half term, help your child to use the diary section. They should write down the ILTs due in on different dates, and write down when they plan to tackle a task.
- Encourage your child to try the next level. Each task has three levels – core, extension and killer. The higher level tasks offer students more opportunities for deeper learning, so encourage them to take on the harder levels.
- Test your child on the keywords. Planners contain a list of important vocabulary for each subject. Test your child to see how well they can explain what each word means, or whether they can use it them in a sentence.
- Ask your child to take on a super challenge. Each subject sets a super challenge each half term. These are optional but can really help your child develop independence.
- Don’t let your child finish too quickly. We recommend that Years 7 and 8 spend between 45 to 90 minutes per day on ILTs; Year 9 should spend between 1 to 2 hours on ILTS and Years 10 and 11 should spend between 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day on ILTs. If they finish early, have they checked for correct spelling, punctuation and grammar? Have they looked at the keywords or superchallenges?
- Use Class Charts to monitor feedback from teachers. The academy expects teachers to work hard planning and delivering lessons. They are not expected to mark all ILTs, but they should use Class Charts to acknowledge how hard a student has worked on their ILTs. This includes whether the ILT has been handed in or not, and whether the student has put in a good or exceptional effort.
- Check out these useful websites: our VLE (https://vle.cam.coop/) is where you can access our Library catalogue and the Britannica Schools encyclopaedia as well as resources from teachers. BBC Bitesize (https://www.bbc.com/education) is also very useful for many topics.
Some parents and carers may also wish to know that we publish an annual overview of the topics studied in each subject, for every Year Group. Visit our curriculum pages and find the ‘What our students study’ section available on each faculty page.