The traditional notion of homework has changed from a rigid timetable with set subjects setting specific tasks on certain days. It is now much more flexible with tasks set to support achievement and progress in a particular subject. Sometimes these tasks are about routine and giving students practice of a skill away from the classroom. Other times they involve independent research tasks which enrich the class based ones. Frequently, students are given tasks outside the classroom to prepare for controlled assignments which take place in school with their teachers and contribute to their exam qualification. All home learning tasks can be linked to success in the qualification that a student is working towards. This could be by doing practice exam questions, preparing for controlled assignments, learning subject specific vocabulary, doing extra background reading, spending time in a workshop to meet a deadline, using the college website and VLE to improve a piece of work from a pass to merit. The possibilities are endless but are all meaningful and worthwhile. Ultimately the more organised and productive a student is at home learning the more progress they will make in their school studies. This will prepare them more effectively for the more independent way of working when compulsory school finishes.
Year 7 & 8
To help students in this discipline we provide a homework timetable as a guide which indicates when they might expect home learning tasks. The timetable is issued to students at the start of the Autumn Term and this is then stuck into the Student Planner. This ensures that there are no more than four pieces of homework expected to be completed on any one evening by spreading the tasks. The home learning tasks are on the days of lessons to ensure the task is fresh in the memory. Students must record all tasks set in the Planner which is issued to all students at the beginning of the year.
Year 8 Homework Timetable
Year 9, 10 & 11 (KS4)
The traditional notion of homework has changed from a rigid timetable with set subjects setting specific tasks on certain days – it is now much more flexible with tasks set to support achievement and progress in a particular subject. Sometimes these tasks are about routine and giving students practice of a skill away from the classroom, while other times they involve independent research tasks which enrich work based in class. In some subjects, students are given tasks outside the classroom to prepare for controlled assignments which take place in school with their teachers and contribute to their exam qualification.
Home learning tasks can be linked to success in the qualification that a student is working towards. This could be by doing practice exam questions, preparing for in school assessments, learning subject specific vocabulary, doing extra background reading, spending time in a workshop to meet a deadline, or using the internet to improve a piece of work. Revision and preparation for exams are essential skills to practice in preparation for the real exams at the end of year 11. The possibilities are endless but are all meaningful and worthwhile.
Ultimately the more organised and productive a student is at home learning, the more progress they will make in their school studies. This will prepare them more effectively for the more independent way of working when compulsory school finishes.
Below are more details about home learning in each faculty area during Years 9, 10 and 11.
|English||Home learning tasks for English will take numerous different forms at GCSE. They may involve preparation for upcoming end of unit assessments, reading, research, conventional writing activities or revision. Students should be completing at least 2 hours of additional study for English a week. It is essential that students read widely (including a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century texts) on a regular basis and reading lists are available from the English department.|
|Mathematics||Maths will set about 1 hour of work a week which will include at least one set task with additional work available for example via the MyMaths website. Tasks will be given with reasonable notice for completion (more than one night). There is an expectation of some independent home learning taking place regularly either through additional set tasks or ongoing revision and extension work. A set of possible activities will be available to guide parents when independent learning is required however revision of recent topics, especially if the student struggled, is always recommended.|
Separate Science Groups (Triple science) – one homework per science subject, therefore 3 in total per week.
Double Award GCSE Groups – two/three homeworks per week, (one from each associated teacher)
|Art and Technology||
Art and Photography
Year 9 During Year 9 students will be set homework tasks on a weekly/two weekly basis (depending on the size of the task) and will build upon learning in class. Year 9 tasks will focus on foundation skills and learning that are intended to underpin learning in Years 10 & 11. All work will be marked in accordance with exam criteria, with all coursework counting towards the final exam.
Year 10 In the first two terms students will be set homework tasks on a weekly/two weekly basis (depending on the size of the task) and it will be marked in accordance with exam criteria. It is all part of the coursework accumulation and included in the final marks at the end of the course. Incomplete or non-completed homework has a direct negative effect upon the overall marks awarded. As the course progresses, students will be working continuously on personal research and development of ideas. This is an ongoing process and students are expected to take responsibility for this element of their learning. All homework tasks are included in the coursework marking system.
Year 11 Students are responding to individual assignments and it is their responsibility to ensure that personal research and development of ideas deadlines are met by the given dates. This will be marked in accordance with the examination assessment procedures and contributes considerably to the overall coursework marks and learning progression.
P7 session Students are also invited to attend P7 sessions 5 days a week, where 1:1 support from art/photography staff will be available to offer extra support and extension activities for all.
Technology – including Catering, Textiles, Engineering, Product Design, Construction and Motor Vehicle
Homework is given in Technology to develop independent learning and as a way of gaining greater depth and a higher quality of coursework.
It is expected that all students work to a minimum of 1 hour per week but this can vary depending on deadlines associated with the academic year.
The focus of homework will be the completion and development of coursework. In addition there will be back ground reading and exam question practice.
Work is regularly marked and tracked against individual expectations and targets. The improvements suggested by the teacher are expected to be completed by the individual, either at home or in school with the teacher outside of normal lessons. One on one sessions can be arranged with all the Technology staff.
In the case of Catering students, additional preparation will be needed to ensure that the correct ingredients are brought to the lesson on a weekly basis and that they are correctly resourced which includes their catering whites and aprons.
BTEC students will have much of their work on the school computer system. It is expected that students access the materials they need through TCS desktop. Where this is not possible the students can arrange to work in the department after school. One on one teacher sessions are available on request by all teachers.
Period 7 sessions are offered weekly by all Technology Teachers to assist students completing practical work outside of the lesson and for the completion of coursework if they have not completed it independently at home.
Technology is a coursework heavy subject. Those students who are conscientious about adding to their coursework outside of the classroom always excel and gain the very highest results.
Ethics, Philosophy and Religion (EPR)
Homework is routinely set, as appropriate, to support the GCSE Religious Studies short course and assessments. EPR homework gives students the opportunity to add additional research to challenges, assignments and general quality to work. Homework will include regular revision of key terms, preparation for PPEs, research and practise questions.
Year 9 In Geography there is an expectation that students will engage in at least an hour of home learning per week. This will include ongoing revision of class notes, exam questions and research from a range of media. There will be a combination of set tasks and the general expectation that students will focus on their organisation and reinforcement of theories and examples covered in class. Students should always follow up examples covered in class by locating them on maps and by researching the issues introduced.
Year 10 Students are required to revise every week. They should be going back over topics studied in Year 9 and those they are currently working on. They will have regular examination questions in class as well as mid-topic and end of topic assessments. They will be examined at the end of Year 11 so need to make sure their revision notes are clear and well organised. They should use the lesson material, revision guides, recommended websites and past exam paper questions and mark schemes.
Year 11 Students should be revising for topics they covered in Year 9 and 10 using their previous class notes, revision guides and by accessing past exam papers and mark schemes. It is vital that they are allocating time to revise at this stage. They will also be given past paper questions or research tasks on a weekly basis.
Year 9 Students are encouraged to build the home learning skills that they will need for Year 10 and 11. They will be given a combination of research, revision and examination tasks. They must use the lesson material, revision packs, mark schemes, example examination questions, and exam technique guidance to answer and improve on exam questions at home to prepare for their end of unit exams at the end of each term. They will have to use all of this to start preparing for PPE’s.
Year 10 Students are required to revise every week. They have to revise for specific examination questions which will take place at least once a week in lessons. Alongside this, they should also be revising topics they have already finished studying. They will be examined on both units at the end of Year 11, therefore they must ensure that their revision notes are clear, well organised, and used throughout Year 10 and Year 11. They should use the lesson material, revision packs, mark schemes, example examination questions, model answer booklets, and exam technique guidance to continually answer and improve on exam questions at home. They should be using all of this to prepare for PPE’s.
Year 11 Students are required to revise every week. They have to revise for specific examination questions which will take place at least once a week in lessons. Alongside this, they should also be revising topics they have already finished studying. They will be examined on both units at the end of Year 11, therefore they must ensure that their revision notes are clear, well organised, and used throughout Year 11. They should use the lesson material, revision packs, mark schemes, example examination questions, model answer booklets, and exam technique guidance to continually answer and improve on exam questions at home. They should be using all of this to prepare for PPE’s.
|MFL (French and Spanish)||In languages for both French and Spanish there is a homework twice a week – one learning and the other written. As there are 2 lessons per week, one piece will be set per lesson. This is the case for Years 9-11.|
Year 9 and 10 Weekly log book to be kept recording all drama lessons. Log book looked at every 3 or 4 weeks always with a week’s notice. Practice documentary response at the end of the Summer Term in year 10 after the Theatre in Education piece.
Year 11 Documentary Response (2000) words after 6 hour practical Unit One. Preparation at home and final work done under Controlled Conditions in November in lessons. Documentary Response (1000) words after 6 hour practical Unit Two. As above with Controlled Conditions in January. Documentary Response (2000) words of a review of a piece of live theatre. Students will see an Upper 6th play in November and prepare their review notes for the Controlled Conditions in January. Students receive a clear outline of all dates at the start of year 11.
BTEC students in Year 11 should be using the revision guide to work on their Unit 1 exam. They should also be taking as many opportunities as possible to engage in the music industry either in an organisational role or a performance role, e.g visit a venue or perform at an open mic night, to further their understanding.
Students in Years 9 and 10 will need to prepare and rehearse their performance work throughout the course. Students are expected to do this outside of lesson time to supplement and enhance the work done in during lessons. They should also have a copy of ‘MuseScore’ software and work to become familiar with it to prepare for composition work.
PE (Including Dance)
In Year 9, 10 & 11 BTEC, homework will be set periodically to complete and improve assignments to the appropriate standards.
In GCSE PE and Dance homework will be set to regularly prepare for tests, complete outstanding work and carry out various extension tasks linked to lesson content. Practical homework in the form of developing and refining physical skills will also be part of the GCSE PE and Dance homework schedule.
|Vocational and Applied Studies||
Students will be set homework approximately every 2 weeks to support the work covered in lessons. The homework tasks can take the form of research, expanding on prior knowledge or in preparation for further lessons. Computing homework could also take the form of online testing, self-guided learning through various MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and past paper examination questions. Homework set in computing will not require the purchase or acquisition of specialist software and will be able to be completed using a basic internet connection and office software. If these are not available at home then there is capacity for students to access the computer rooms at lunchtimes in order to complete any task set. Should work require Microsoft Office and it is not available at home please contact Mr Feeney as Microsoft Office 365 can be made available to students who do not have the office suite at home.
All Media Studies students are expected to complete regular homework tasks. Homework will usually be preparation for controlled assessments and may take the form of research tasks, taking photographs for practical work, planning for written work or evaluative tasks. Once the exam topic has been taught students should revise each week. If no formal revision task is set then students must undertake independent revision in preparation for the final examination.
Vocational Education in Business Studies, Children’s Play and Development and Hairdressing
The coursework intensive nature of vocational courses means that students must be given every opportunity to access their work and direct their own learning outside of the classroom. The department fosters an ethos that classroom-based work forms only a small proportion of learning. Course materials, assignments and resources are made available on the school network and there is an expectation that students will engage in home study to further enhance their learning in the classroom, and ensure that assignment dates are met.
KS4 BTEC courses enable students to carry out research and write up coursework sections at home; these courses lend themselves to a much more flexible home-learning programme. Units are taught according to the department’s long-term plan, and deadlines for each unit will be set accordingly. In some cases, students may wish to study specialised units that link to an area of work or expertise that they are developing outside of the classroom. This independent approach is to be encouraged where it can be adequately supported by the class teacher.
Students will be set homework approximately every 2 – 3 weeks to support the work covered in lessons. In Year 11 students are also invited to attend lunch time sessions and lesson 7.