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Home Learning

Home Learning

Home Learning (formerly referred to as homework) at St Martins School.

We want home learning to be a positive experience that challenges students but doesn’t cause unnecessary stress or anxiety.

We will have two styles of home learning. One will be set directly from the class teacher every couple of weeks, should take no more than an hour to complete and is planned to carefully mirror the learning which is taking place in school. The tasks will be designed to enable children to flourish, develop independent learning skills and enhance students' learning even further.

Home learning expectations in Reception to Year 6 please see document available to download at the bottom of this page

Home learning expectations at KS3 & KS4

At KS3 (7-9 (apart from GCSE/BTEC course which start in Year 9) all home learning activities will be optional. However, we highly advise and encourage all students to complete them and we appreciate all your support with this. Students will receive rewards for completing their home learning activities.

Staff will notify each half term if students are not handing in their assignments. You can keep track of which assignments they have been sent via the Arbor App or the parent portal accessible on a web browser. (Please note Arbor says its site isn’t completely mobile compatible yet, so some features may not show clearly if accessed on a mobile browser).

At KS4 some home learning activities will still remain optional. However, subjects where regular home learning is essential to passing a certain aspect of the course or where students need to have completed the task to continue the next piece of classwork then teachers may require students to complete any missing work at break, lunch or after school if students are failing to hand it their assignments.

Please note teachers' deadlines are set to mirror the curriculum plan but also staff marking commitments, so it is important students submit their work on time. Teachers may still mark students’ work if submitted late but there is no expectation for them to do this. Please prompt students to speak to their teacher if there is a genuine reason for work being handed in late

CID projects - Create, Investigate, Develop projects

The other is our style is our CID projects which are set for everyone so that they can showcase their strengths and improve their knowledge and skills.

Students should spend at least 4 hours working on each project. They may get help from someone in school or at home. If they have obviously spent 4 hours working on the project after its been have handed it in students will give a small reward and the work may be shown on the school’s website, in an assembly or shared with other students.

This work is not compulsory but gives students a chance to show everyone how well you can do.  Every term or half term we will set a theme or context for the projects (please see provision map below which list the projects).  Students may choose as many to do as they like and they can submit their work in a wide variety of ways. 

Each CID project will be set as an assignment via Arbor and has a guide sheet to outline ways in which the students can tackle the project, they can always ask for advice from their teachers and some staff may also share helpful tips and hints on their Teams page.

These guide sheets are accessed via the Arbor Parent App under assignments and students can also access them by using their log in to the student Arbor portal on any web browser. (if you need help logging in to either of these please email reception)

Student will be awarded certificates if they complete multiple CID projects during the course of the school year.


Bronze CID student: 3 CID projects submitted = 10 house points and certificate

Silver CID student:  5 CID projects submitted = 20 house points and certificate

Gold CID student: All CID projects = 40 house points and certificate.

Years 7 -9

Bronze CID student: 10 CID projects submitted = 25 house points and certificate

Silver CID student:  20 CID projects submitted = 50 house points and certificate

Gold CID student: 30 CID projects = 100 house points and certificate.

 Please find below details of our Create, Investigate, Develop projects (CID projects). (for guide sheets please sign into Arbor)