Homework


Homework has been part of education for a very long time with students taking pieces of work home to work on whilst not in the classroom, and therefore increasing the amount of time they spend studying throughout their academic life. However, the benefits of homework go further than just increasing the amount of time students spend learning.

Benefits of Homework

  1. Allows students to reinforce their understanding of concepts that have been taught in class.
  2. Develops good study habits and positive attitudes.
  3. Helps students to build responsibility and self-discipline.
  4. Keeps families informed about learning and offers a way for them to support their children.

We have a number of approaches to our homework but our main method of home study is self-quizzing using the knowledge organisers provided to every student.

Self-Quizzing

For each subject, students should complete at least half a page of self-quizzing in their homework books using their knowledge organiser. At the start of the lesson on the homework due date students will display their completed homework and complete a quiz, linked to the knowledge they have covered in their homework, instead of their daily review.

Homework Due Date Timetable

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Year 7

Subject 1

Maths

English

Science

Humanities

 

Subject 2

Technology

Creative Arts

Performing Arts

PE

 

Year 8

Subject 1

Science

Maths

English

Technology

 

Subject 2

Humanities

Creative Arts

Performing Arts

PE

 

Year 9

Subject 1

English

Maths

Science

Creative Arts

Performing Arts

Subject 2

Creative Arts

Humanities

PE

Technology

 

Year 10

Subject 1

Option C

Maths

English

Science

 

Subject 2

Option D

Option B

 

Option A

 

Year 11

Subject 1

 

Science

English

Maths

 

Subject 2

Option C

Option B

Option D

Option A

 

Key Stage 3

English, Maths and Science will set homework once per week. In all other subjects, pupils will be set homework once every two weeks. This will include Knowledge Organiser homework but some subjects will also set additional activities as follows:

Maths

Year 7 – Sparx (online)

Year 8 and 9 – Hegarty (online)

English

Learning four or five words from the Knowledge Organiser for the following week when they will be asked, as part of a review activity, to use them in a sentence.

PE

2 half-termly challenges

Technology

Seneca (online)

Languages

United Learning videos

Key Stage 4

All subjects will set homework once per week. This will include Knowledge Organiser homework and/or extended homework; some subjects will also use online learning platforms and additional homework activities as follows:

Maths

Hegarty (online), past paper questions

English

Pupils will be given access to a variety of texts/articles. Pupils will complete 5-10 comprehension questions for them to answer the following week – checking that they have read the text and understood the key details.

History

HistoryHomework.com (online), GCSE exam style questions

Geography

Exam style questions

Sociology

Exam style questions

PE

Weekly written tasks from unit R051: Contemporary issues in sport

Languages

United Learning videos

  • What is Self-Quizzing and why is it important?

    First of all, self-quizzing is a skill which needs to be developed. Whereas some students will find the process natural and take to it straight away, others will need to practice and develop the techniques needed to get the most out of self-quizzing.

    Self-quizzing is, as the name suggests, a method of homework where students learn to test themselves on the key knowledge and concepts they need in order to be successful at school. A large amount of research has been done on the subject, concluding that students who master and regularly use self-quizzing make significantly more progress than those who don’t.

    Students who test themselves with a quiz after studying a topic, are shown to be able to retain that knowledge for a much longer time than those students who simply re-study or re-read the material. When students quiz themselves on the knowledge they have learnt, studies suggest that much more of the information is stored in their long-term memory. In a world where students are expected to remember information for years before they sit their GCSE exams, the long-term memory is vital to success.

  • How do students self-quiz?

    One of the other advantages of self-quizzing is its simplicity. All it requires is access to the key knowledge, which, as mentioned earlier, is provided in our Knowledge Organisers.

    1. First students read the key pieces of knowledge that have been identified by their teachers.
    2. After they have done this a few times so that they are comfortable with information, they should cover it and close their Knowledge Organiser.
    3. Next, using their self-quizzing book, they should write down as much of the knowledge as they can, entirely from memory, they should not look at the Knowledge Organiser at this point. The key tactic with self-quizzing is to practise getting the knowledge out of their heads and onto the page, the more they practice, the easier it is to access the information stored in their memory.
    4. Once they have written all they can remember, they should reopen the Knowledge Organiser and check their answers. This will provide the important feedback that they need to judge their accuracy.
    5. The students should correct their mistakes and add any missing information to their answers.

    With more practice the better they will get and the more they will learn.

  • How can you help your child?

    Another benefit of self-quizzing and the carefully designed Knowledge Organiser is that it is easy for family to get involved and help our students. Unlike with some other forms of homework, where some form of subject knowledge may be needed to help our students, all of the answers are already provided. So, you could pick up the Knowledge Organiser and ask students to give you key definitions, or spell certain words. You could create questions based on the information or even describe a diagram and ask them to accurately recreate it. Self-quizzing allows others to be part of students’ learning, both at school and at home.

  • What other forms of homework do we do?

    Although the benefits of self-quizzing are there for all to see, we don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket and, of course, we want to add some variety for our students to maintain their enthusiasm and drive to complete homework to the best of their ability. Below is a list of other methods of homework that your child will receive from school.

    1. Online learning platforms, such as Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning or Sparx (year 7 maths.
    2. Past examination questions. These are used mainly for Key Stage 4 students and help them to prepare for the style of questions they will face in their final exams.
    3. Extended writing questions. Some subjects require students to develop their extended writing skills in order to fully explain their answers to longer questions.
    4. Reading. The benefits of reading cannot be understated. Today’s exams require higher reading ages than ever so, having the comprehension skills to decipher what the question is actually asking, is vital. Exposing our students to regular reading improves their vocabulary and, with it, their understanding of more complex concepts.

    As with everything in a child’s education, the more we can work together as unit, child-home-school, the more they benefit, not only gaining greater knowledge and understanding but also reinforcing the skills and characteristics they will need to successful in the years beyond school.