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Independent Study

Independent study is a vital part of learning the skills of History and developing them beyond the classroom. The ‘Learning to Fly’ document gives guidance on the kinds of habits and practices we ask you to develop in History and we consider these to be the most important element of your routine of independent learning. Your teachers will also give you regular pieces of directed homework to develop your skills and understanding.

At Key Stage 3 we expect you to spend 20 minutes a week reviewing your learning and developing your History skills independently. We will also set a 30 minute homework task every week, or 1 hour with a two week deadline.

At Key Stage 4 we expect you to spend 30 minutes a week reviewing your learning and developing your History skills independently. We will also set a 60 minute homework task every two weeks sometimes this will include independent learning opportunites.

In Year 12 we expect you to spend two hours a week independently reviewing your learning and developing your understanding of the subject through wider critical reading and two hours a week completing directed tasks.

In Year 13 we expect you to spend four hours a week independently reviewing your learning and developing your understanding of the subject through wider critical reading and two hours a week completing directed tasks. 

  • We will always give you at least one week to complete a piece of homework.
  • We will always give you homework which is purposeful and which will have an impact on your learning and skills development.
  • We will give you clear guidance about how to complete the homework when it is set.
  • We will acknowledge the work you put in and do all we can to give you useful written or verbal feedback in good time.

In return, we expect you to:

  • Complete homework at a time and place when you can focus quietly on it.
  • Spend the whole of the prescribed time focusing on the task.
  • Ask your teacher for help well in advance of the due date if you are unsure how to complete the task or if you want advice and guidance.
  • Be ambitious in every piece of work, challenging yourself to be the best you can be in, for example, your use of historical terminology.
  • Always spend some time planning and checking your work.
  • Don’t worry if your argument differs from your friends; support your points with evidence.
  • Be proud of your work and prepared to share it with your teachers and other students.
  • Read and act on the feedback you are given.