Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

Independent Study


·         To allow students to reflect on practical work done in lessons and allow for analysis                and evaluation of self and others.

·         To deepen students’ knowledge of scripts/context/design/practitioners/form.

·         To develop specific subject-related skills e.g research/textual analysis

·         To give experience of practical subject specific skills e.g line learning/group                          rehearsal.

·         Why does it matter? Develops skills needed to deepen learning at all key stages.

·         Allows students to develop their own creative responses.

·         Connection – all homework stems

          from work done in lessons and is a progression.  The connection with learning students           do in school is clear to them and therefore relevant.  

·         Impact – clearly seen in practical work assessed in lessons and in key stage 4 and 5 in             written coursework and portfolios.


Quantity and frequency of homework

·         As required at key stage 3 and weekly at key stage 4 and 5 e.g diary notes when                     devising/exam practice questions/reading. Quantity depends on component being                 studied.

·         Recommended 4 hours at key stage 5 and at least one hour for key stage 4.


Quality and impact of homework

·         Kinds of homework – reading/research/note making/learning lines/group                             rehearsal/writing script/evaluating live theatre.

·         Assessment – varies depending on key stage and component.  Sometimes immediate in           next lesson if practical/sometimes longer term process if portfolio.

·         Connection – directly links to component being studied in key stage 4 and 5 and area             of study at key stage 3. 


Student expectations

·         Students’ approach – thorough, creative, individual approach.

·         Learning behaviour – commitment, dedication, focus.

·         Resources – scripts/imagination/lesson notes/internet/teacher guidelines

·         If things go wrong – ask/talk to teachers/peers/request individual tutorials/be                     prepared to meet for support sessions after school.