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Subject Homework Statements

In the table below, a brief outline for the range and frequency of homework tasks is shown:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)

Subject

Frequency

Nature of Homework

English

1 per week

In all years, your son may be asked to:

• write a playscript, a poem, a letter, a set of stage directions or a director's notes for an actor, a description, a recipe, a character analysis. Sometimes he will be asked to improve a piece of writing done in class, and this may include checking the spelling, punctuation and presentation. In the spring term one of the most important homework assignments is set over two weeks and involves writing as the character of Hamlet.

• read a section of a story, or an article.

• talk and to listen (for example, to interview  a parent or grandparent, listen to an older person talk about something from their past).

• bring in an item for discussion or writing - for example a photograph, a book, a souvenir.

Mathematics

1 per week

Week A – Work from problem sheet

Week B – Exercises from “My Maths”

Modern Languages

1 per week per language

  • vocabulary learning
  • grammar exercises
  • reading tasks
  • writing tasks with clear S.C (and word limit)
  • re-drafting of work
  • online tasks – e.g. my.alfiecloud.com (reading and listening) or conjuguemos (where results can be accessed by the teacher)
  • research of cultural aspects (in T.L or in English depending on levels)
  • preparing presentations to do in class 
  • native speakers given different tasks e.g. preparation of presentation on something about their country/culture for others
  • background on literature / film

 

Science

Y7/8 1 per week

Y9 2 per week

Science homework will be set in a variety of ways. A significant amount of homework at will be set via online homework packages (doddle and active learn), but there will also be research tasks set in preparation for lessons or controlled assessment in addition to tasks that require students to demonstrate their understanding from lessons.

Design Technology

1 per fortnight

Ongoing project work.

Computing

1 per fortnight

Students will receive homework tasks which will generally need to be completed by the following lesson. If the task involves a computer they will be allowed access to computers during the first half of each lunch time. There is also computer access available on some evenings after school. The timing of the homework will depend on the teacher and the unit being  taught.

History

1 per fortnight

Homework will include both writing and creative tasks to extend the learning from lessons.

 

 

Geography

1 per fortnight

Homework in Geography will take a variety of forms:  many will require students to directly demonstrate their learning in the previous lesson(s), other will be research tasks to extend students knowledge and understanding; while at KS4 past exam paper question practice will be set on a regular basis. Tasks will relate to specific geographical skills; knowledge about place; and understanding of geographical processes and patterns.

 

Religious Studies

1 per fortnight

Homework will include both writing and creative tasks to extend the learning from lessons.


 

Art

1 per half term.

Homework in Art is set once per half term, pupils are expected to spend approximately two hours on each homework as the homework is project-based. Exaples of homework at KS3 include research projects and tasks directly linked to the scheme of work in class.

Music

1 per fortnight

1 Listening exercise to be completed at home.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Subject

Frequency

Nature of Homework

English

1 per week

In Years 10 and 11, students' classwork and homework are very closely linked in preparation for the GCSEs. Students are set deadlines for individual assignments in Year 11 (2015-16), including drafting coursework tasks or a short speech, planning for the literature controlled assessments, annotating a poem, collating character or theme trackers, investigating contexts to texts. There will also be timed written essays to complete and plan for essays to be written in class.

In Year 10 (2015-16), students' classwork and homework are very closely linked in preparation for the GCSE courses. This may involve reading poems relating to the selection studied in school, researching contextual factors that have shaped the texts studied, writing parts of essays or whole short essays, collating notes, watching a short piece of footage.  Because of the format of the new GCSEs, students will also need to do homework tasks that involve learning quotations.

Mathematics

1 per week

Week A – Work from problem sheet

Week B – Exercises from “My Maths”

Modern Languages

1 per week

  • vocabulary learning
  • grammar exercises
  • reading tasks
  • writing tasks with clear S.C (and word limit)
  • re-drafting of work
  • online tasks – e.g. my.alfiecloud.com (reading and listening) or conjuguemos (where results can be accessed by the teacher)
  • research of cultural aspects (in T.L or in English depending on levels)
  • preparing presentations to do in class 
  • native speakers given different tasks e.g. preparation of presentation on something about their country/culture for others
  • background on literature / film

Science

1 per week

Homework in Science lessons will be set in a variety of ways. A significant amount of homework at will be set via online homework packages (doddle and active learn), but there will also be research tasks set in preparation for lessons or controlled assessment in addition to tasks that require students to demonstrate their understanding from lessons.

Design Technology

1 per fortnight

Ongoing project work.

Computing

 

Year 10

Students will be set homework on the Friday of the week which will be due the following lesson. Some homework will be set from the homework booklet (which the students have). Some homework tasks will involve the revision book (which the students have).

 

Year 11

Students will be set homework on the Friday of the week which will be due the following lesson. Some homework will be set from the homework booklet (which the students have). Some homework tasks will involve the revision book (which the students have).

History

Once per week

Homework will include mock exam questions and  writing tasks to extend the learning from lessons.

Geography

-  1 per week designed to last 30-40 minutes on average.

Homework in Geography will take a variety of forms:  many will require students to directly demonstrate their learning in the previous lesson(s), other will be research tasks to extend students knowledge and understanding; while at KS4 past exam paper question practice will be set on a regular basis. Tasks will relate to specific geographical skills; knowledge about place; and understanding of geographical processes and patterns.

 

Travel & Tourism

 

Homework is on-going within Travel and Tourism, due to the nature of the course. Pupils are expected to carry out on-going pieces of coursework and work on these at home. In some weeks specific activities will be set to aid progress. When teaching the exam units pupils are required to complete exam questions each week.

Drama

1 Per Week

Years 10 and 11

Homework is set every fortnight and it might include:

  • reading a script
  • learning lines
  • writing a short script
  • annotating a script
  • writing a review or an account of work done in class
  • making notes in preparation for controlled assessment
  • bringing something in to school
  • research
  • thinking
  • attending a rehearsal or controlled assessment activity after school

Art

 

GCSE Art Homework is set every two weeks and supports the portfolio unit worth 60% of the overall grade. Homework tasks can consist of  artist  research tasks, developing drawing skills, independent photoshoot activities and sketchbook development.

Music

1 Per Week

1 Listening exercise to be completed at home.

Religious Studies 1 Per Week

Homework will include mock exam questions and  writing tasks to extend the learning from lessons.