As a school, 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 at an early age will help to prepare students for key stages 4 and 5 and will in turn aid progression and development.
Regular home learning has been proven to increase the success of our students. All students receive a range of homework tasks every day from at least two different subject areas. KS3 students should spend approximately 30-40 minutes per subject each night, and KS4 and 5 students should spend approximately 1 hour per subject each night. KS4 and 5 students will also have coursework to complete. There is a daily homework club in school to support students with all subject areas, and all homework is posted in Teams groups for students to access electronically.
Each half term students will complete a homework project for a different subject area. They should receive and complete homework in other subject areas as shown in the relevant key stage area.
Tips for effective homework
- 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. Talk with 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 Learning Support Unit. Students are able to work with teachers and access resources to help them complete their homework successfully.
For every learning cycle, the content for each subject is distilled into a knowledge organiser. This provides key fingertip knowledge for each subject. 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.