Homework


At The Lowry Academy we believe that homework is vital to ensuring your child’s success: our homework policy is grounded in reviewing the knowledge students have learnt in their lessons, which makes it more likely this knowledge will be retained in their long-term memory. It also supports revision for assessments and enables students to develop valuable skills in personal organisation. Students who regularly complete homework to a high standard make more progress than students who don’t. They are also rewarded as per the academy rewards system.  

Students will be set homework as per the timetable below:  

Key Stage 3  

Week A  

Monday  

Tuesday  

Wednesday  

Thursday  

Friday   

English   

Online: Bedrock  

  

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser   

Maths   

Online: Sparx  

   

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Science   

Online: Seneca  

   

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

History   

Seneca  

   

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Geography  

Seneca   

   

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Week B  

Monday  

Tuesday  

Wednesday  

Thursday  

Friday   

English   

Online: Bedrock  

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Maths   

Online: Sparx  

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Science   

Online: Seneca   

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Computing  

Online: Seneca  

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

MFL  

Online: Languagenut  

Self-Quizzing on Knowledge Organiser  

Key Stage 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Week A  

Monday  

Tuesday  

Wednesday  

Thursday  

Friday   

English   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Seneca  

Maths   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Sparx  

Science   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Seneca  

Option A  

   

As set by teacher  

Option B  

   

As set by teacher  

Week B  

Monday  

Tuesday  

Wednesday  

Thursday  

Friday   

English   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Seneca  

Maths   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Sparx  

Science   

Pre-seen Mock Revision  

(Mock once per fortnight)  

Seneca  

 Option C  

As set by teacher  

Option D  

As set by teacher   

How is homework set, and where can I see what homework my child needs to complete?   

A homework timetable will be shared in September, and a centralised tracking and monitoring system is in place to track homework completion. All homework is set through Microsoft Teams and students are always provided with clear instructions and deadlines.   

When set, homework will appear in a student’s calendar with information on when it was set and when it is due. Students will also receive a reminder the day before. All instructions and resources to complete the homework will be provided in Microsoft Assignments. They will have a separate team for each individual subject. Eg. 7X/EN1 = English. You will also have access to their team as a non-contributing member, so you can see exactly what homework has been set, and any resources the teacher has uploaded to support them. We have helpful guides and videos available on our website to support you and your child in using Microsoft Teams.   

Every Sunday, you will receive an email to tell you what homework has been completed, what has not been completed, and what your child has upcoming. It will look like the picture.  

What does homework look like?  

At Key Stage 3, your child will be set two pieces of homework per evening (equating to about an hour). The two pieces will look like the below:  

  1. One piece will always be on one of our online platforms. If your child does not have access to the internet or a device, please make us aware of this and we can work with you to ensure they can complete it in homework club after school.  

  2. The other piece will be “self-quizzing” on a key section of their knowledge organiser, as set by their subject teacher. The expectation is that they complete this revision, which is evidenced through their notes in their homework book. This will then be tested in lessons with regular knowledge tests.   

Knowledge Organiser

Year 7 - Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 - Knowledge Organiser

Year 9 - Knowledge Organiser

Examples of Self-Quizzing

Homework Book

At Key Stage 4, your child will be set two pieces of homework per evening (equating to between 1-2 hours). The two pieces will look like the below:   

  1. One piece will always be on one of our online platforms. If your child does not have access to the internet or a device, please make us aware of this and we can work with you to ensure they can either complete it in homework club after school.  

  2. For English, Maths and Science, your child will be set revision for their fortnightly mock assessment (this will be in the style of the exam). The expectation is that they complete this revision, which is evidenced through their notes in their homework book. For all other options subjects, the homework will be an extended piece as set by the teacher, with full details on Teams.  

  • 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.

  • Homework – Roles & Responsibilities

    The role of the student 

    • To listen to the homework instruction in class 

    • To make sure they understand the homework instructions and the deadline date. 

    • To ensure the homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline. 

    • To attempt all work given and give their best 

    • To inform the class teacher of any difficulties prior to the homework deadline date.  

    The role of the class teacher 

    • Set homework so that students are set work at the agreed frequency. 

    • Set homework instructions in MS Teams so it is visible for students and patents. 

    • Set ‘hand in’ deadlines that support curriculum progression by linking to current/previous learning. 

    • Record homework submission in MS Teams so that parents are aware whether their child has completed the work by the given deadline. 

    • Provide help and support for those students seeking it. 

      The role of the guardian 

    • Check MS Teams so that you are aware what homework has been set. 

    • Help your child or children to build the completion of homework into their daily routines. 

    • Contact your child’s teacher if any issues arise so that we can help you to resolve these. 

    • Encourage your child to complete homework and praise them when they do. 

  • What happens if my child does not complete their homework?

    Students who fail to complete and hand in their homework on time will be given a detention on a Friday:  

    1 homework not completed = 30 minutes  

    2 or more not completed = 1 hour