Homework

The purpose of Homework

Homework supports pupils to make good or better progress through becoming independent learners, meeting deadlines and both retrieving and recalling key knowledge.

How will we set Homework?

Pupils will be given knowledge quizzes or tests to check on how well they can recall knowledge they have learnt from completing their homework and a spelling test. Pupils may also be given an exam question to answer that tests their knowledge.

Class Charts is the platform through which teachers will record details of the homework set, hours taken to complete and date it is due in.

Each pupil will be given an A3 Knowledge Organiser for each subject per half term. This will contain key knowledge that they will need to learn, and most homework will be based on this. The homework tasks will be listed on the pupils Knowledge Organisers for each subject, each half term. The knowledge Organisers will be on the website and pupils will glue one in to their new class note books at the start of each half term.

Spellings will be published for each subject each half term on the school website. Pupils are to learn their spellings as part of their weekly homework.

Online Learning

Some subjects will use on line platforms for pupils to complete homework each week:

  • Maths = Hegarty Maths
  • Languages = Quizlet or Kerboodle
  • Science = Educake or GCSE pod

Please note we are currently reviewing the online platforms that other subjects use.

Teachers are able to monitor student progress via these websites and students receive instant feedback .

Hegarty

How might pupils use their Knowledge Organisers effectively?

  • Ask someone to write questions for you
  • Write your own challenging questions and then leave it overnight to answer them the next day
  • Create mind maps
  • Create flashcards
  • Put the key words into new sentences
  • Look, cover, write and check
  • Mnemonics
  • Draw a comic strip of a timeline
  • Create Flowcharts
  • Use the ‘clock’ template to divide the information into smaller sections. Then test yourself on different sections
  • Give yourself spelling tests
  • Definition tests
  • Draw diagrams of processes
  • Draw images and annotate/label them with extra information
  • Do further research on the topic
  • Create Fact Files

Where will pupils complete any written Homework?

Pupils will complete this in their class note book. If they complete homework in their Chromebook they must email this to their teacher or have it ready in lesson on their chromebook for their teacher to check. Pupils must use the HW code at the top of the page if using their note or chromebook.

How will Homework be marked?

Once homework is returned teachers will assess the work in a timely manner. Some work may also be peer or self-assessed by pupils. On line homework may be computer marked and the teacher checks for completion and misconceptions. Teachers will use the Class Charts submission button to record the handing in of homework and  to keep parents informed.

How will we ensure that teachers are marking and setting homework?

Each week the Director of Faculty will check that homework has been set by every member of staff in their Faculty. This will be reported to Homework lead in Senior Management. During our Marking and Feedback Typicality, homework will be checked in pupils note books.

What if a pupil needs support?

For those who can’t access IT at home there is a homework club in the library each day after school and at lunchtime where children will be supported and where they will have access to computers.

What if a pupil forgets their homework?

The pupil is given the opportunity to hand this in the next day/lesson. The teacher records this onto Class Charts. Failure to do this results in a ten-minute break detention with the teacher plus a phone call home by the teacher. If a pupil fails to complete homework again then a Faculty detention will be issued. Following this the Head of Year will work with the Director of Faculty to meet the pupil and their parent/carer.