The purpose of homework is:
- to develop the ability to work independently;
- to improve learning;
- to consolidate skills and knowledge;
- to research new information;
- to involve parents in student learning.
At Key Stage 3, homework will involve:
- shorter tasks linked to the lesson, eg completing some written work, using SAM learning, memorising key words and spellings, or learning material to be presented in a subsequent lesson;
- researching new material in books or on the internet;
- more extended writing or an extended project;
- practising reading or other skills.
Homework tasks at Key Stage 3 tend to be shorter weekly tasks in many subjects. As students progress through Key Stage 3 they will be trained to manage more extended pieces of work over a longer timespan. In some subjects, particularly those that have one lesson a week, homework will be set only when appropriate.
At Key Stage 4, homework will involve:
- writing coursework assignments;
- re-drafting coursework assignments;
- rehearsing conversations, presentations, lines for a performance or oral examination;
- practising skills using websites like SAM Learning or completing a worksheet;
- practising examination questions;
- learning key facts by heart;
- researching and gathering evidence;
- completing tasks and catching up on missed work.
Homework tasks at Key Stage 4 often tend to be larger on-going pieces of work that may be allocated up to half a term for completion. However, shorter weekly tasks may also be given.
More detail of the the homework scheduled for this term is to be found under the parent's tab.