Homework and Revision

Homework

Most of the information and resources related to learning, homework and revision is made available to students and their parents/ carers through our Firefly site. This page sets out some basic information about how we set homework for prospective students and parents.

We believe that home learning is a valuable support for and enrichment of the learning done during the school day.

We no longer publish a fixed homework timetable because tasks are set online through Firefly, enabling parents, carers and students to check what work is due and when it is due.

Parents and carers should support their children by discussing the homework set, checking upon its completion and by monitoring the quality of the work done.

Please also ensure that you sign the planner each week: students are encouraged to record the work set in their planners as part of learning to become independent and well-organised young people.  Firefly will provide further details on the tasks set and access to any resources that are necessary.

If you have any concerns relating to homework please do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum Team Leader concerned or, if the concerns are more general, your child’s Head of House.

The responsibility for the completion of homework rests with students and with you, as parents.

A Homework Club is held every evening in Learning Support if any student requires advice and guidance; please contact Mrs Morris in Learning Support if you need advice about how to access this.

Reading

Students are encouraged to read as much as possible in addition to the homework that is set.  Reading for pleasure has a significant impact on secondary school students’ academic performance.  Parents and carers are warmly encouraged to continue to support their children’s reading when they are at secondary school by continuing to read together and ensuring that children have access to enjoyable and appropriately challenging books.

Revision

We encourage students to revise regularly rather than trying to cram the knowledge they need the night before a test or exam.  We support this with the homework tasks we set, regular low-stakes testing during lessons and encouraging the use of on-line resources which support regular revisiting of topics.

There is good research evidence that last minute cramming has little benefit for long-term retention of learning, whereas spaced practice gives more permanent learning which also supports the development of related knowledge.  A good summary of these research findings is available here.

As part of this we tend to minimise the amount of detail we provide to students about exactly what will be assessed and exactly when an assessment might take place.  Clarity is instead provided when topics are taught and often supported by Knowledge Organisers which set out in detail what knowledge students should be committing to long-term memory.  This may occasionally seem unhelpful but is intended to support an environment in which long-term learning is seen as the main objective, and high performance in assessments is evidence of that high quality learning but not the fundamental objective.

Homework Guidance for each subject:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
English One Doddle task each week and a Building Academic Challenge project (BACPack) to complete each half term, broken down into a weekly task.

  • Year 7: 30-45 minutes
  • Year 8: 30-45 minutes
  • Year 9: 45-60 minutes

Students are also expected to devote considerable time to personal reading for pleasure each week and parents are encouraged to help ensure students have a good supply of good quality reading material; the school’s LRC and Wilmslow Library are able to assist with this.

Year 7 and 8 students will participate in the Accelerated Reader programme and may be asked to complete quizzes, on the books they have read, outside lessons.

There should be one homework per week, each task should take 60-90 minutes

Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.

Students are also expected to devote considerable time to personal reading for pleasure each week and parents are encouraged to help ensure students have a good supply of good quality reading material; the school’s LRC and Wilmslow Library are able to assist with this.

Mathematics

Two homework tasks per week; each task should take 15-25 minutes.

On occasions teachers may choose to combine the two homeworks into a single larger piece of work, but there should normally be two relatively short tasks per week.

Two homework tasks per week; each task should take 25-35 minutes

On occasions teachers may choose to combine the two homeworks into a single larger piece of work, but there should normally be two relatively short tasks per week.

Science One short homework per science discipline, up to 3 per week.

Three pieces of homework per week: One for each of biology chemistry and physics.

For double science students this should be about 40 minutes per task and for triple/ separate science subjects this should be 60 minutes per task.

Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.

Art One hour of homework every two weeks. One homework task will normally be set each week which should take students 60-90 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
GCSE Business Studies N/A

Year 10. One piece of homework per week that will take 40 – 60 minutes.

Learning key terms once a fortnight – assessed and recorded in Progress Booklet.

Written work is fortnightly from homework booklet.

In addition, a challenge task is set every half term in order to consolidate learning and enhance independent learning skills. Assessed and recorded in progress booklet.

Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for half term assessments and examinations.

Year 11 is similar to Year 10, however challenge tasks are replaced by additional examination practice using past paper questions.

BTEC First in Business and BTEC in Information and Creative Technology N/A Short research tasks will be regularly set to support the coursework that is done in class and in supported study after school. For the examined unit, students will be set learning tasks which will be assessed fortnightly. Written homework will also be set, similar to the GCSE course above in order to practise the skills needed for the examined unit (40 mins).
Computing Students in Years 7 and 8 will be set one homework per week. The homework will be completed online using ‘Yacapaca’ (login details will be issued at the start of term). Each homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes. If students are unable to access the internet from home, they should use the school’s ICT facilities to complete homework either at lunchtime or after school.

Students in Year 10 will be set one homework per week. Homework will be issued to students in booklets to accompany each topic being studied for the summer examination. Each homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

Students in Year 11 will not be routinely set homework, however they may occasionally be asked to complete research or other tasks to support their controlled assessment work. In addition, students in both Year 10 and 11 will be expected to attend after school study support sessions to improve controlled assessment work when necessary.

Design & Technology

One homework task will normally be set each week

This should take students 20-30 minutes.

One task per week, expected to take 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
Drama Homework is set at least once every three weeks (once every three lessons). Tasks will be research based, or centred round the development of work for a subsequent lesson. One task per week, expected to take 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
Geography Each unit of work will include a 3-4 week extended homework project. The students will record this in their planners so that parents can see what they have got to do over that period of time. For the remaining weeks of the unit teachers will set a 30-45 minute homework once a week on the night that is designated in the school homework timetable. One homework task will normally be set each week which should take students 60-90 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
History

One homework task will normally be set each week

This should take students 20-30 minutes

One homework task will normally be set each week which should take students 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
Media Studies Not studied at Key Stage 3 One homework task per week. Usually this will consist of preparation work for coursework, i.e. creating mock-ups/ storyboards, taking photographs/ filming for practical pieces and analysing existing media texts.
Modern foreign languages (MFL) Years 7, 8 and 9 are assessed weekly on their vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Homework is to prepare for the test through independent revision. We recommended students revise daily for 15-20 minutes. For Years 10 and 11 we recommend that they revise 20-30 minutes every day for their vocabulary tests. Additionally, students will be set one further task per week on either reading, listening, speaking or writing, which should take no longer than 30 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for controlled assessments.
Music Music lessons at Key Stage 3 are predominantly practical. Homework may be set occasionally. One task per week, expected to take 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
PE Homework is not routinely set in core PE lessons but students will occasionally be asked to undertake research to prepare for a subsequent lesson. For GCSE PE one task will be set per week, expected to take 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.
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Year 7: Students should spend 30-45 minutes completing each homework task, which will be set once every 3 weeks.

Year 8: Students should spend 30-45 minutes completing each homework task, which will be set once every 2 weeks.

A project task will be set at some point in each of Years 7 & 8. Students will complete this over several weeks and should expect to commit 2-3 hours to it over that time.

Year 9: One homework task will be set every week. Students should spend 20 minutes on the task set.

One task per week, expected to take 40-60 minutes. Additional time will need to be devoted to preparation for assessments and examinations.