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Homework and Self-Quizzing

Homework overview

At Paddington, we believe that homework encourages the development of independent learning skills and allows students to take more ownership of their education. Promotion and emphasis of homework skills from the start of Year 7 helps to prepare students for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and, in turn, aids our students’ progression and development. 

What homework does my child receive?

There are three types of homework:

  1. Paper homework: every week, your child receives one piece of homework from each subject due for the following week. In most subjects, this homework is completed on paper. It allows students to consolidate and extend their learning.
  2. Online homework: Some homework is set online and in place of the paper homework, including most homework for mathematics and science and some homework for English, geography and MFL.
  3. Self-quizzing homework: Your child also receives self-quizzing homework once a week from each subject. This ensures that your child is memorising and recalling the powerful knowledge that they need to be successful.

How much homework should my child receive?

Your child should receive one piece of homework from each of their subjects once a week, in addition to self-quizzing. This will mean that every day they should be completing homework from at least two subjects. Homework tasks will be varied but should include a mixture of activities that consolidate learning in class, extended writing and self-quizzing.

  • Students in KS3 should spend approximately 30-40 minutes per subject each night
  • Students in KS4 should spend approximately 1 hour per subject each night
  • Students in KS5 should spend 1 hour 30 minutes per subject

What additional help is available for homework?

There is a daily homework club that takes place after school in the library. Students can use this time to complete homework in a quiet environment or ask for help from subject specialists. In addition, Sparx and Hegarty Maths clubs run each week to support students with the completion of their homework tasks.

If you have any questions about homework, please contact your child’s Head of Year.

How can you support your child with homework?

  • Make sure your child brings their planner, homework folder, self-quizzing book and 100% book to school every day.
  • Check your child’s planner every day and encourage them to complete their homework in order of priority, completing the homework with the soonest due date first.
  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
  • Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions.
  • Be positive about homework.  Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
  • Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects.
  • Stay informed. E-mail your child‘s teacher. Communicate with your child's teacher via their student planner about the quality and quantity of homework.
  • Encourage your child to attend homework clubs. Homework clubs run every day after school in the library. Students are able to work with teachers and access resources to help them complete their homework successfully.

Online homework

Online homework website

Which subject and year groups?

What if I can’t log on?

Online mathematics homework

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10

Click ‘forgotten password’ or speak to your maths teacher

Online reading homework

Year 7 and Year 8

Click ‘forgotten password’ or speak to your English teacher

Online science homework

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

Click ‘forgotten password’ or speak to your science teacher

Online English and geography and RS  homework

Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13

Use the same e-mail address and password as Office or speak to Mr Park

Online French and Spanish homework

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

Click ‘forgotten password’ or speak to your French or Spanish teacher

Online learning platform for A Level maths, biology, chemistry, physics, economics and psychology

Please speak to the Sixth Form team

Access your school e-mail, Teams and more

All year groups

Go to the IT office next to room 214 at break or lunch

Self-quizzing overview

For every learning cycle, the content for each subject is distilled into a knowledge organiser. This provides key fingertip knowledge for each subject. For each cycle, all the knowledge organisers are collated into a 100% book or folder which each student receives. These 100% books underpin mapped revision homework, alongside regular skill-focused homework.

Students are also provided with a self-quizzing book, which they use in order to test themselves on the knowledge in their 100% book; self-quizzing is one of the most effective revision strategies to embed key knowledge. Students are taught how to use the read, cover, write, check revision strategy and question and answer flashcards to test themselves. This encourages students to take ownership of their learning, and to support them in developing good learning habits. Embedding this content is critical for long-term success and effective retrieval from long-term memory.

What does effective self-quizzing look like?

Read, cover, write, check

Students learn key information in their knowledge organisers by reading a small section, covering it up, saying the definitions to themselves, writing out those key terms and definitions in their self-quizzing books, then checking to see if they got them right. They should correct any errors in green pen, then repeat the process.


100% Books

Linked below is each year group’s 100% book. This contains the core knowledge that students must know for the subjects that they study in order the access the curriculum. We call it a ‘100% book’ because we expect all students to know 100% of the knowledge inside the book.

Every week, students are set definitions for every subject to self-quiz and memorise. Parents can help by taking their child’s 100% book and testing their child on the definitions that they’ve been asked to learn. If your child has self-quizzed successfully, they should be able to repeat back the definition to you.

Cycle 1

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11


Cycle 2

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11

Cycle 3

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11


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