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25th January 2023

Homework Policy

Dear Families

I am writing to update you on the priorities that we have been focusing on with our students.  I hope you find the updates useful and, as always, we appreciate your support.

Our 5 learning habits

In line with our school value of excellence, we are teaching our students about our 5 important habits for learning.  Our 5 learning habits support our students to ensure that they are ready to learn and are maximising their learning in lessons.  They are:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • On Task behaviour
  • Perfect uniform
  • 100% equipment
  • Polite response

Below provides you with some key messages and updates about our learning habits:

Punctuality and attendance

In line with our learning habit of punctuality and attendance, it is important that students attend school every day and that they are on site by 08.15 at the latest so that they can line-up with their form tutor for a positive start to their school day.

100% equipment

We have been speaking to students about the importance of bringing the right equipment to school.  This includes:

  • A black or blue pen
  • A pencil
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A planner
  • A reading book for Year 7, 8 and 9 students – either from our library or from home
  • This term, students will be given their knowledge organisers – more information will be communicated to families about this

From 30th January, students will also need to bring with them a pencil case and all students will need to ensure they have an appropriate school bag with them.

Students can buy equipment from the main office from 08.00am and the first 10 minutes of their breaktime. 

Homework

The main platform for the setting of homework is the Student Planner and ClassCharts; so please do check your child’s planner and ClassCharts.  I have attached, with this letter, an overview of the type of homework your child will be set by the different subjects they study.  Please see our website for more information about ClassCharts.

This term, we are reviewing our homework systems and will be launching our new Knowledge Organisers with students and homework tasks may be developed further around the way that students use these with our ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ approach to embedding powerful subject knowledge.  We will write to you with updates.

Kind regards,

Mr Ward

Deputy Headteacher

 

Homework: subject summary KS3: Year 7, 8 & 9

Subject

Typical activities

Duration of activities

Frequency

Additional support / materials

English

Literacy 1-5

Extended writing

45 minutes each week

Set each week by the English teacher

BBC Bitesize

Book in The Bag – Reading book

Maths

Online tasks set on MathsWatch.co.uk; all students have their login details.

30-60 minutes each week

Set each week by the Maths teacher

www.mathsgenie.co.uk

www.corbettmaths.com

 

Science

Recall and retrieval-based homework.

 

30-60 minutes

 

 

Once every two weeks

BBC Bitesize

Languages

Introducing new vocabulary and grammar.

30 minutes

Once every two weeks

Vocabulary lists provided

Geography

Use of knowledge organisers - a quiz task, a key words task using look, cover, write & check and also highlight and encourage students to engage in reading around the topic by identifying a book to read/ website to have a look at.

30 minutes

Once every two weeks

BBC Bitesize Reading list- attached to the task linking in with the reading suggestions.

KS3_Reading_Suggestions.pdf (geography.org.uk)

 

History

Short written task and knowledge recall quiz

30 minutes

Once every two weeks

BBC Bitesize

RE

Key words/ quizzes – knowledge retrieval

30 minutes

Once every two weeks

BBC Bitesize

Creative and technical

Homework is not formally set other than for end of unit assessments at which point students are asked to prepare and revise, using knowledge organisers and class notes.

30-60 minutes

Week prior to end of unit assessments

Class work / notes

 

Homework: subject summary KS4: Year 10 & 11

Subject

Typical activities

Duration of activities

Frequency

Additional support / materials

English

Literacy 1-5

Extended writing

45 minutes each week

Set each week by the English teacher

BBC Bitesize

English Knowledge organisers

Book in The Bag – Reading book

Maths

Online tasks set on MathsWatch.co.uk and all students have their log in details.

30-60 minutes each week

Set each week by the Maths teacher

www.mathsgenie.co.uk

www.corbettmaths.com

Maths Knowledge organisers

Science

Exam-style questions.

 

 

30-60 minutes

 

Every two weeks

 

Science knowledge organisers and BBC Bitesize.

CGP AQA GCSE Revision guide.

Languages

Key vocab practice and exam practice – use of revision guides / revision packs. Revision question cards.

45- 60 minutes

Every week

Revision guides

Revision packs

History

Focuses on knowledge retrieval activities and exam questions. Students have revision packs for relevant units with tasks to complete

45 minutes – 1 hour

Every week

Revision guides

Knowledge organisers

Revision Packs

Geography

Focuses on knowledge retrieval activities on previous units –use of  revision packs incorporating unit knowledge organisers and revision activities and exam questions .

45 minutes – 1 hour

Every week

Revision guides

Tutor2 you –links to revision webinars on  youtube

Knowledge organisers

Revision Packs

Computer Science

Students are set homework for the theory units at the end of each lesson, to be completed for the following lesson.  The homework set is usually to watch a video and make notes when instructed on content that is going to be delivered the following lesson.

30-60 minutes

 

After every theory-based lesson

Online package used to support home learning

 

 

Creative Media and Enterprise

 

Varies depending on the unit being completed and assessment. For exam units, exam questions and also tasks using knowledge organisers

45-60 minutes

To support examinations and will be set in line with coursework exam board requirements

Exam questions

Knowledge organisers

 

OCR Sport

Varies depending on the unit being completed and assessment. For exam units, exam questions and also tasks using knowledge organisers

30-60 minutes

To support examinations and will be set in line with coursework exam board requirements

Exam questions

Knowledge organisers

Classcharts

Art / Engineering

Students have been provided with 'packs' to support homework and home learning. They are asked to complete tasks and additional work to support their portfolio of evidence.

45-60 minutes

 

Art – ongoing portfolio development

 

Engineering – To support examinations and will be set in line with coursework exam board requirements

Packs provided

Task sheets / Art book

Exam questions

Knowledge organisers

 

 

 

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