Homework

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Homework

Our students have started the academic year with an excellent approach to school life; high quality classwork and homework. It is well known that learning at home is an essential part of a good education. Research has shown that there are many benefits of students regularly completing homework. For example, they:

  • retain information and understand the material better;
  • have a greater self-direction and self-discipline;
  • become more confident and independent in their learning;
  • will outperform students who do not do homework on tests and examinations.

If a student completes an hour’s homework per school night for five years it is the equivalent of an extra year at school. 

In years 9 to 11 homework is set according to the homework timetable. The timetables are designed so that students’ work load is not excessive on any one night.  

 In all subjects for all year groups, at least two homework activities set per half term must focus on reading. We believe this is vital in order to develop students’ literacy and to improve students’ reading ages. 

Year 9  

 

Subject  Number of tasks per week  Total time in minutes per week 
English  One or two  45 
Mathematics  One  45 
Science  One  45 
Art  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
Geography  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
History  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
Music  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
RS  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
DT  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
French  One per fortnight  30 per fortnight 
Total    Approx:480 minutes per fortnight 

 

Year 10 

 

Subject  Number of tasks per week  Total time in minutes per week 
English  One  60 
Mathematics  One  60 
Science  One  60 
Option A  One  60 
Option B  One  60 
Option C  One  60 
Total    Approx: 360 minutes per week 

 

Year 11 

 

Subject  Number of tasks per week  Total time in minutes per week 
English  One  60 
Mathematics  One  60 
Science  One  60 
Option A  One  60 
Option B  One  60 
Option C  One  60 
Option D  One  60 
Total    Approx: 420 minutes per week 

Homework tasks 

Teachers will set a range of activities for students to help consolidate or further their understanding. The majority of homework tasks set will fall under these headings:  

Reading  

Reading is a vital skill that is necessary for life and achievement across the curriculum this why each subject area will set a reading homework on at least two occasions each half term.   

Written  

Students may be asked to complete written tasks, most often these tasks will be completed in their exercise books.  

Online   

Students will be set interactive online tasks using ShowMyHomework or another online programme. Online homework may be set on at least two occasions each half term.  

Revision  

Students will be given a resource to revise. The students’ understanding of the topic will then be tested in class or via HWK in the form of a quiz set on ShowMyHomework or another online programme.  

Important to note: 

  • Y9 students will not be set HWK over holiday periods 
  • Y10-11 students will only be set revision during HWK periods for all subjects 
  • All students will be given a reading HWK at least twice per half term 
  • HWK tasks will always be designed to be either unmarked (reading), automatically marked (online) or self/peer marked, teachers will check HWK but they will not be expected to write a comment on students’ submissions. 

All students should  

  • Ensure they understand homework tasks when set and speak to their teacher in advance of the deadline if they experience difficulty; 
  • demonstrate a commitment to spending an allocated time doing the tasks set;  
  • complete all work set the best of their ability;  
  • present homework appropriately;  
  • hand the work back on time.  

All parents/carers should  

  • aim to provide a reasonably peaceful, suitable place in which students can do their homework or help students attend other places where homework can be done, such as the Library;  
  • make it clear to students that they value homework, and support the school in explaining how it can help them make progress at school;  
  • encourage students and praise them when they have completed homework;  
  • expect deadlines to be met and check that they are;  
  • check that tasks have been set in line with the homework timetable;  
  • sign the planner once a week;  
  • inform the school if an issue arises.  

 If you would like to discuss the issues in this letter please contact me by telephoning the school or via ALacey@educ.somerset.gov.uk 

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