Homework

Home Learning tasks allow our students to develop and become more independent and effective learners.

In Key Stage 3 (7-9) your child will receive a Home Learning task sheet that will be stuck in their subjects’ exercise book. These are set by departments, to encourage students to engage in independent learning.

Home Learning tasks are ranked from Higher to Lower ability, and can be selected at home by students to whichever level they feel comfortable engaging in. These tasks are available in the grid opposite.

Teachers will ask students to complete an independent Home Learning task if they are not setting a specific homework task, at which point the student would be expected to select one of the activities from their sheet.

You are able to view homework tasks set and completion of tasks through Class Charts.

In Key Stage 4 (10-11) homework should be set every week for every exam subject.

History of Art- Year 9

English

Food Tech

Geography

Maths

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9- study the GCSE course and are set homework in line with the KS4 policy.

Spanish

Science

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9- study on the GCSE course

Wood Tech

History

Business/ICT

Why is Home Learning useful?

1. It encourages the discipline of practice.
Repeating the same problems over and over can be boring and difficult, but it also reinforces the practice of discipline. To get better at a skill, repetition is often necessary. You get better with each repetition. By having homework completed every night, especially with a difficult subject, the concepts become easier to understand. That gives the student an advantage later on in life when seeking a vocational career.

2. It gets parents involved with a child’s life.
Looking at maths can be somewhat bewildering to parents. If you see the math problem 5×3 expressed as an addition problem, 5+5+5 seems like the right answer. The correct answer, however, would be 3+3+3+3+3. By bringing homework to do, students can engage their learning process with their parents so everyone can be involved. Many parents actually want homework sent so they can see what their children are being taught in the classroom.

3. It teaches time management skills.
Homework goes beyond completing a task. It enables children (and parents, to some extent) to develop time management skills. Schedules must be organised to ensure that all tasks can be completed during the day. This creates independent thinking and develops problem-solving skills. It encourages research skills. It also puts parents and children into a position where positive decision-making skills must be developed.

4. Homework creates a communication network.
Teachers rarely see into the family lives of their students. Parents rarely see the classroom lives of their children. Homework is a bridge that opens lines of communication between the school, the teacher, and the parent. This allows everyone to get to know one another better. It helps teachers understand the needs of their students better. It allows parents to find out their child’s strengths and weaknesses. Together, an educational plan can be developed that encourages the best possible learning environment.

5. It allows for a comfortable place to study.
Classrooms have evolved over the years to be a warmer and welcoming environment, but there is nothing like the comfort that is felt at home or in a safe space. By encouraging studies where a child feels the most comfortable, it is possible to retain additional information that may get lost within the standard classroom environment.

6. It provides more time to complete the learning process.
The time allotted for each area of study in school is often limited to 1 hour or less per day. That is not always enough time for students to be able to grasp core concepts of that material. By creating specific homework assignments which address these deficiencies, it becomes possible to counter the effects of the time shortages. That can benefit students greatly over time.

7. It reduces screen time.
A student might get 3-4 hours of screen time in per day. When that student isn’t in school, that figure doubles to 7-8 hours of screen time. Homework might be unwanted and disliked, but it does encourage better study habits. It discourages time being spent in front of the television or playing games on a mobile device. That, in turn, may discourage distracting habits from forming that can take away from the learning process in the future.

8. It can be treated like any other extracurricular activity.
Some families over-extend themselves on extracurricular activities. Students can easily have more than 40 hours per week, from clubs to sports, that fall outside of regular school hours. Homework can be treated as one of these activities, fitting into the schedule where there is extra time. As an added benefit, some homework can even be completed on the way to or from some activities.

KS3 Homework Timetable

Year 9 Homework Timetable
Week w/b
1 07/09/2020 English Science Maths EPR
2 14/09/2020 History Geography Spanish Computing
3 21/09/2020 Art PE Drama/Music ARCH
4 28/09/2020 English Science Maths Science/English
5 05/10/2020 English Science Maths Design Tech/Food/Digital Literacy
6 12/10/2020 History Geography Spanish ARCH
7 19/10/2020 English Science Maths ARCH
October Half Term
8 02/11/2020 English Science Maths EPR
9 09/11/2020 History Geography Spanish Computing
10 16/11/2020 Art PE Drama/Music ARCH
11 23/11/2020 English Science Maths Science/English
12 30/11/2020 English Science Maths Design Tech/Food/Digital Literacy
13 07/12/2020 History Geography Spanish ARCH
14 14/12/2020 English Science Maths ARCH
Christmas Break
15 04/01/2021 English Science Maths EPR
16 11/01/2021 History Geography Spanish Computing
17 18/01/2021 Art PE Drama/Music ARCH
18 25/01/2021 English Science Maths Science/English
19 08/01/2021 English Science Maths Design Tech/Food/Digital Literacy
20 01/02/2021 History Geography Spanish ARCH
21 08/02/2021 English Science Maths ARCH
February Half Term
22 22/02/2021 English Science Maths EPR
23 01/03/2021 History Geography Spanish Computing
24 08/03/2021 Art PE Drama/Music ARCH
25 15/03/2021 English Science Maths Science/English
26 22/03/2021 English Science Maths Design Tech/Food/Digital Literacy
27 29/03/2021 History Geography Spanish ARCH
Easter Break
28 19/04/2021 English Science Maths ARCH
29 26/04/2021 English Science Maths EPR
30 03/05/2021 History Geography Spanish Computing
31 10/05/2021 Art PE Drama/Music ARCH
32 17/05/2021 English Science Maths Science/English
33 24/05/2021 English Science Maths Design Tech/Food/Digital Literacy
May Half Term
34 07/06/2021 History Geography Spanish ARCH
35 14/06/2021 English Science Maths ARCH
36 21/06/2021 English Science Maths EPR
37 28/06/2021 History Geography Spanish Computing
38 05/07/2021 English Science Maths ARCH
39 12/07/2021 English Science Maths EPR
40 19/07/2021 All Subjects

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