Homework and homework support
Homework refers to any work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own or with parents and carers. It is an important part of our school curriculum and the learning process. Active engagement with home learning is closely linked with student success and achievement.
There is no expectation that all staff will set a piece of homework every week. This is a direct result of feedback from staff, parents and students. This is so that all homework set is meaningful and fits in with the needs of the curriculum.
Homework fits into 5 categories, these are;
This homework is set to prepare pupils so that they come to lesson with pre-knowledge and they can build on this knowledge quicker. Flipped learning can be learning some key words, reading a text, labelling a diagram, watching a video or a whole host of other activities that will activate the pupil’s knowledge before the lesson.
This homework allows pupils to retrieve learning from previous weeks, months or years so that this supports pupils with building stronger learning and recall of key knowledge. All pupils will receive regular online quizzes that allow retrieval practice of key subject knowledge and feedback that links into lessons and moving learning forward. Retrieval homework may also take the form of
This homework allows pupils to consolidate learning from a lesson that they have just done, enhancing the learning from the lesson.
This homework is set to give pupils structured activities or time to revise materials ready for an assessment. Please see the Teaching and Learning Handbook pg 15 appendix 2 for revision ideas or go to the revision website to access the revision videos and materials to support pupils and parents at home.
As pupils move into year 9 and onwards they may be given coursework as homework. Some coursework is controlled assessed and can only be completed in lesson.
Homework will be put onto Go4Schools as these 5 categories to make easy for pupils and parents to know the focus of the homework.
After school Monday to Friday from 3-4pm we have homework club. There is a year 7 and 8 room and a year 9-11 room where pupils can use computers and printers. The homework club can be found in two rooms up near the library and are looked after by heads of year and other staff that can support with homework. Pupils can just pop in to print a sheet if they do not have a printer at home. Pupils can also access the library after school to use the computers or access the books.
Year 12 and 13 have their own computer room that they can used during study periods and after school for completing homework and independent study. There is support in the 6th form study area for pupils to access if they need it.
What happens if homework is not complete?
Homework guidance will be communicated with all students through their subject teachers. The homework for year 7-11 will be put onto Go4Schools and year 12 and 13 onto Microsoft teams assignments. Homework set is always given at least 24 hours or longer to complete it. The date and expectations of completion will be made clear to students so that they know when to hand the work in, what they need to do and how to hand it. If pupils do not hand homework in they will need to attend homework club after school for 60 minutes. Parents will be sent a text to let them know that their son/daughter will be staying after school to support them with homework.
Year 7 and Year 8
All subject areas will set homework on a flexible basis in line with the needs of the curriculum. Homework will not necessarily be set every week and will be up to a maximum of 30 minutes in any given week.
Year 7 and 8 have prepare and review mats for all subjects please see the link below https://www.bluecoataspley.co.uk/learning/explorethecurriculum/
The mats have the outline of the curriculum being taught that half term, key vocabulary for the half term, flipped learning activities, books to read for the that subject and links for how to review the content of that half term to prepare for assessments.
Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
Subject areas will set homework appropriate to the learning needs of the students in their class. This will be up to a maximum of 45-60 minutes per week per subject. During the three-year programme, the homework will vary depending upon the structure of the course and coursework deadlines.
Year 12 and Year 13
Each subject will set up to 5 hours per subject per week. This is completed at home and in study periods.