Why do we set you homework?

We set you homework to help to reinforce learning. You are taught in lessons that by revisiting your learning, at spaced intervals, and in different ways, you will retain more knowledge and be able to practice skills. We also set you homework to help develop good study habits and life skills. When you leave school, and go to college, university, or take on an apprenticeship you will need to organise your own study time. Developing those independent study skills early on in life gives you time to practice them.

Homework also allows for your parents and carers to be involved with your learning. Parents and Carers can ask you what you are doing, help you with your learning, or you might even teach them something!

What homework should I be set?

When setting homework, your teachers think very carefully about what is best, what you will be able to manage independently, and what will be most beneficial. When setting homework, it should help you:

  • Embed knowledge (revision and self quizzing)
  • Practice (redrafting or improving work)
  • Extend (deepen existing knowledge)
  • Apply (apply knowledge to extended writing or exam question)

Can you give me some example homework activities?

  • Self quizzing important vocabulary and concepts
  • Learning information on a knowledge organiser
  • Short or long answer questions or writing
  • Reading
  • Research for a specific task

How much homework should I be getting each week?

  • Year 7 approximately 30-60 minutes in total (15-20 minutes per subject)
  • Year 8 approximately 45-90 minutes in total (20-30 mins per subject);
  • Year 9 approximately 60-120 minutes in total (30-45 mins per subject);
  • Years 10 & 11 approximately 90-150 minutes in total (30-60 mins per subject).

You should expect to get 2-3 pieces of homework a night. You should engage in self-quizzing retrieval activities for each subject on a weekly basis.

What am I expected to do?

  • Log in to Google classroom every day to check homework and catch up on missing work
  • Try your best with each piece of homework and complete it on time
  • Ask for help if you find homework difficult

What are my Parents/Carers expected to do?

  • Provide a quiet place for pupils to study
  • Talk to you about your homework
  • Encourage you to be organised and meet deadlines.