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Homework and Independent Learning

Each class teacher, for every subject will set homework as appropriate and in accordance with the Priory Federation homework policy and philosophy.  The main thrust of this philosophy is to encourage self-disciplined students who have learned to consolidate their learning, but also had the opportunity to stretch themselves, ready for GCSE terminal exams, Further Education, University and/or the world of work.

This homework policy equates to one piece of homework every three or four lessons, and means a student should have, on average between thirty minutes to an hour a day doing homework. However, recent research from the EEF has suggested that as well gains being made from consolidating  learning from the classroom the greatest gains in independent learning come from students 'owning' their own learning, and it being project based. For this reason we  always allows students to stretch themselves beyond the basics. For Key Stage 3 this is generally achieved through the use of Homework Mats where students have a choice of differentiated activities that are linked to rewards such as house points and Ruskin Respects. In January 2017 this philosophy will be developed further with the introduction of the National Baccalaureate award at KS3. To gain this prestigious award students will have to gain all 5 Ruskin Respect badges and complete an extended research project of their choice.

For KS4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) the homework set will be at the discretion of the subject teacher. This may include GCSE questions or longer written pieces of work and will usually be set once every 3 or 4 lessons.

Below is an explanation of how each subject will outwork the policy at KS3 (Year 7 and 8).  Below this are various subject homework mats and a document listing websites which may be useful when completing the homework.  Also available are Year 7 and 8 spelling lists.

English

Homework will be set on a weekly basis. This will be in the form of a task from the homework booklet or in the form of spellings. A task from the homework mat will also be set a minimum of once per half-term.

Maths

At least one piece of homework will be set on a weekly basis.  This could include tasks such as a key skills booklet, problem solving questions or specific tasks to follow up the learning done in lessons.  The homework mat will be set every 2 terms.

Science

Each unit / half term homework will usually be set as follows:  1. A task chosen by pupils from the homework mat.  2. An exam style question requiring at least one paragraph of writing.  3. An extended task in which pupils’ present key information in the style they feel most appropriate, with the support of a progress ladder.  4. Test revision supported by Doddle activities.  5. Additional shorter tasks such as learning key word spellings as identified by individual staff.

MFL

Students are set homework at least once every 2 weeks.  For example: Learning vocabulary for spelling / recognition tests; translation of texts both to and from the Target Language; and also writing extended pieces of work.  Additionally, worksheets that support the taught course are also provided.  Research into Cultural aspects may also be requested.  Tasks from the homework mats will usually be set once per half term.

History

The History department will usually use the homework mat every two weeks, students will usually have a spelling test on alternate weeks.  Students are encouraged to complete additional challenges from the homework mats.

Geography

Students will be set a homework every three weeks, this could be spellings, a task from the homework mat or a separate task set by their class teacher.  Students are encouraged to complete additional challenges from the homework mats.

RE

Students will be set a homework every three weeks, this could be spellings, a task from the homework mat or a separate task set by their class teacher.  Students are encouraged to complete additional challenges from the homework mats.`

Performing Arts

Subject specific vocabulary tests are set each term alongside practical homework tasks.  There is also an optional homework mat for those who wish to earn House Points and Ruskin Respects through attending a skills and techniques homework club to enable students to personalise their independent learning.

Design Technology

Students will be set a range of homework’s to develop their understanding of designing and making products in a range of material areas including food, wood, plastics, electronics and graphics. At least three homework’s will be set across the material areas each half term and could include learning key vocabulary for a spelling test, revising for an end of unit test, research projects or investigation tasks.

Art

Students will usually use the homework mat twice per topic, at the beginning, for a research task and at the end for an evaluation task. They will also be set a spelling test for each topic to be completed on showmyhomework.com. Any further homework may be set at the teacher's discretion.

ICT

Students will usually be set a homework every third lesson, one will be a practical activity related to the unit being covered and the other will be a revision task in preparation for their end of unit test.  In addition, students will be given a spelling test per unit.

 

Kind Regards

M Oliver (Assistant Head teacher)