Homework is an important part of school life, contributing to student progress and attainment. It plays a key role in extending the knowledge, understanding and skills that are developed in school and provides opportunities for students to consolidate, enrich and extend their learning. Work that is set will consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom.
Where can I find the homework?
For All Years, homework will be set, and submissions tracked on Arbor.
Homework Club is available Monday-Thursday 3pm-4pm in the ILZ. This will be a staffed provision where students are able to complete homework, use the computers and printers and ask for support with their homework. Please encourage your child to attend.
Aims of Homework
- To help all students make progress;
- To allow practice and consolidation of the learning done in class;
- To extend learning from the lesson, g. the completion of past exam questions;
- To embed key subject content in long term memory, g. the learning of vocabulary, spellings etc.
- To reinforce, practise and develop mastery of key skills g. calculations;
- To engage in wider reading and research in preparation for future learning;
- To allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as examinations;
- To give students dedicated time to reflect upon learning, correct mistakes and act on feedback to make improvements;
- To develop study skills such as independence, self-discipline, time management and working to deadlines;
- To encourage students to take pride in their learning.
Type and frequency of Homework
Homework should be planned thoughtfully to enable all students to make progress. There is an expectation that regular opportunities for homework will be set in all subjects (except core PE) although we recognise that every subject is different. The frequency of the setting of homework is outlined below.
Please support us in ensuring that homework is completed on time and to a high standard.
Homework helps to build strong study habits, particularly useful for when students get to KS4.
There has been a lot of research recently into the effect that homework has on a student’s grades. For example, Sparx shows that students completing just 15 minutes a week make on average 83% more progress. For each further 15 minutes of practice, they make an average of 67% more progress. This helps to lead to significantly improved grades by the time students reach year 11.
What will I see on Arbor for Maths, English and Science?
Sparx (Maths), Lexia (English) and Educake (Science) will not be put onto Arbor as this is a weekly expectation.
This means that there will be a continuous stream of Maths, English and Science homework.
Instead of being tracked on Arbor, a homework report will be sent out to parents twice per half term, which details the completion of core homework.