At Wildern we believe that Self-study is a necessary part of learning as it is used to consolidate the work completed in class. We beleive that :-
- It develops the Wildern Attributes and study habits.
- It teaches the importance of deadlines and consolidates and extends classroom learning.Â
- It encourages an enquiring mind.
- It affords the opportunity for enrichment.Â
- It ensures opportunities to practise and consolidate new skills.Â
- It enables students to think critically and creatively.Â
- The impact of Self-study on learning is consistently positive (leading to on average five months' additional progress.Â
At KS3 (Years 7 and 8) all departments will set self-study tasks. Self-study tasks are extendedÂ projects (usually half termly in length â€“ though this may vary) which encourage students toÂ develop lifelong learning skills as well as curriculum knowledge.
At KS3 Self-study is:
- Used to promote independent learning in order to support, extend and consolidate progress.
- Used to develop skills and attitudes students need for successful lifelong learning e.g. enquiry, independent research, creativity & critical skills.
- Used to develop organisational skills and personal study skills.
- Used to help teachers identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.
- Differentiated and appropriate to the learning needs and style of the student.
- Set in the context of a scheme of work.
- Available on Google classroom.
- Part of the process that helps students to work to deadlines.
- Part of the process that invites parental involvement in student learning.
In order to facilitate the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 and based on parental feedback , Self-study tasks will be phased in throughout Year 7. This gives students the opportunity to successfully develop the skills of independent learning.
The programme for the phasing in of Self-study will be as follows:
September - Core subjects - (Information and Communication Technology, English, Science, Maths and MFL vocabulary).
December â€“ Modern Foreign Languages and Creative and Media.
Feb/March â€“ Humanities and Technology.
Summer term and throughout Year 8 â€“ all subjects to set Self-study regularly in line with school policy.
At KS4 Self-study is:
- Used to consolidate and extend on learning in the classroom.
- Used to practice skills needed for success in examinations.
- Used to help teachers identify individual studentâ€™s strengths and weaknesses.
- Differentiated and appropriate to the learning needs and style of the students.
- Given in accordance with the schoolâ€™s Self-study entitlement timetable.
How can I support my child's learning?Â
- Encourage your son/daughter to work in a quiet, comfortable place at a regular time each day.
- Encourage your son/daughter to see self-study as an extension of the lesson and not leave doing it until the night before it is due in.
- Check that your son/daughter has recorded the work in his/her planner.Â
- Discuss the work with your child; does she/he understand the task? Can she/he extend and improve his/her answers?
- Encourage your son/daughter to work to the time allocation set for each subject.
- Refer your son/daughter to Google Classroom, school library or your local library.Â
- Remember to write a note in the planner if your child has a genuine reason for not completing the self-study.Â
- When you sign your child's planner, check that she/he is completing self-study and meeting deadlines.
- Contact the tutor if you have any concerns about self-study.Â
- Your son/daughter may receive additional work from the Learning Support Department.Â Try to agree a regular time to help your child with these tasks.Â
- During exam sessions, ensure that your son/daughter has created a revision timetable that can help to plan effective revision.Â Â