Homework

This section provides an overview of benefits of homework, the expected volume and the homework schedules for each subject for the academic year ahead.

At The Catholic High School we set homework to:

  • Develop the lifelong learning skills needed in the modern world.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn through a greater variety of media.
  • Develop the independent learning skills required for GCSE, post-16 and higher education.
  • Improve the performance of our students in examinations and, therefore enhance their life chances.

Students are set home study tasks each day according to the home study timetable available below. The additional study that the school expects each student to do will help our students consolidate their learning and improve their academic performance. It is hoped that the students find their home study challenging and interesting so that it will help to motivate them in their work. Home study helps our students to develop good study and research habits essential for success. It will also help them to develop an independent approach to study which is very important as they progress through the school. Students in Years 10 and 11 particularly should be engaged in independent study and revision In addition to the work set by their teachers according to the home study timetable, which will be published here soon for the start of the new academic year September 2016.

 The school is very grateful for the support that parents and carers give to helping ensure that home study is completed on time and to the highest standard.

The volume of homework expected per evening is

Years 7 & 8: 45 minutes
Year 9: 60 minutes
Years 10 and 11: 90 minute

Art & Design

Homework plays a vital role in monitoring a student’s progress i.e. level of knowledge, understanding, ability and motivation. Homework is an indicator of individual progress, and fosters an independent work habit necessary for the more independent element of student learning, and in readiness for the production of coursework at GCSE and Advanced level.

Key Stage 3

Homework is mainly practical art-work and occasionally research. This work will take no less than 40 minutes, no more than 1 ½ hrs per task. The tasks are linked to the scheme of work written by the class teacher. This will include drawing in a variety of ways, research, annotation and the completion of work started in class. Homework response will impact tracking assessment. This work is presented in the student’s A5 sketchbook (with some exceptions particularly in year 9).

Key Stage 4

Homework is ‘independent’ work and will become more about deadlines set by the class teacher where the student is responsible for organising their own time in meeting deadlines set. Students are expected to check Firefly for details. The expectation is that ‘homework’ should be 1 ½ and 2 hours weekly, including during holiday periods. The work will be predominantly practical, may require a student to engage in in-depth enquiries, annotation or allow them to visit locations for drawing and recording.

Drama 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage Three students are expected to rehearse in their own time in preparation for upcoming performances. A range of homework is set throughout the year based on revision techniques, in order to embed knowledge and understanding. 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four students continue to be expected to rehearse in their own time in order to prepare for performances. Students are set on-going homework in the form of a portfolio documenting their personal learning journey.

Design & Technology

Key Stage 3

students will complete research, design work and evaluation for a design task for their assessment. This will be produced on computer as it as an assessed piece of work, which will develop their presentation and ICT skills. In addition, specific tasks are set to develop different revision techniques reviewing knowledge and key words learnt during the unit of work.

Key Stage 4

students will be given regular exam questions to develop their exam technique. They will also complete longer term projects which will give them the opportunity to extend knowledge gained in lessons for deeper learning. Design tasks will be completed to prepare them for the NEA. In year 11 all homework is part of the NEA, this being worth 50% of the GCSE. All sheets are completed on computer and involve research, designing, planning and evaluation of a product in response to the chosen task set by AQA. Once the NEA is complete students plan their revision, prepare for the exam and practise past exam papers to develop their exam technique in readiness for the 50% terminal exam.

In year 10 Textiles all work produced will contribute to the coursework required for the GCSE. The majority of practical work will be completed in class, therefore much of the homework set will require students to research project briefs, develop design ideas and evaluate practical work. All of this is to be presented creatively in a sketchbook with a minimum of 2 hours spent doing this per week. In year 11 students select an exam board task, beginning the investigation and preparation for their practical exam.

English

Homework in English focuses on two areas: reading, and learning of key knowledge.

Key Stage 3

All students from Years 7 to 9 should undertake at least 30 minutes of reading homework every week. Ideally, this would be a range of both fiction and non-fiction and a variety of genres and authors.

Key Stage 4

All students from 10 to 11 should undertake at least 60 minutes of reading homework every week. Ideally, this would be a range of both fiction and non-fiction and a variety of genres and authors.

Students will also complete homework, on average every two weeks, which requires that they learn and revise key information about the unit they are studying found on the knowledge organiser for that unit. They will then demonstrate this knowledge through tests and extended writing in class and at home.

Additionally in KS4, we expect students to undertake ongoing revision of the English Literature texts they have studied so far in the course.

Geography

Key Stage 3

Students are assessed regularly. Students are given topic keywords at the beginning of each unit which they are tested on. In addition students are assessed in the middle as well as the end for each topic studied. To support the preparation for these assessments students use the Doddle homework system as well as electronic revision material.

 Key Stage 4

Students use revision guides specific for the AQA GCSE given to them at the start of the GCSE course. GCSE style questions are revised for and completed in school at the end of each topic. Again the Doddle homework system is used to support students in preparation for these. Regular past questions are given also as part of homework.

History

Key Stage 3

Students are tested regularly through the use of Knowledge Organisers which are provided on each topic. Students are given summary worksheets on each topic and will be asked to complete questions on each topic. Students revise this and then are tested in class on this topic.

Key Stage 4

Students continue to be tested using knowledge organisers. Additional homework will be set to complete or revise for exam questions.

Homework is set on Firefly and recorded by the teacher. Parents have access to this and can monitor their child’s progress.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Computer Science Key Stage 3

Students are assessed regularly. Students are given a project at the start of each half term which prepares them for the next unit. We also encourage students to embed revision and note-taking techniques into this. Homework is set on Firefly and recorded by the teacher. Parents have access to this and can monitor their child’s progress.

 

Computer Science Key Stage 3

Students use revision guides specific to OCR GCSE given to them at the start of the GCSE course. GCSE style questions are revised for and completed in school at the end of each topic. A number of online resources are used to support students in preparation for these. Regular past questions are given also as part of homework. We also encourage students to embed revision and note-taking techniques into this. Homework is set on Firefly and recorded by the teacher. Parents have access to this and can monitor their child’s progress.

 

Business Studies Key Stage 4

At Key Stage Four students use revision guides specific to OCR GCSE given to them at the start of the GCSE course. GCSE style questions are revised for and completed in school at the end of each topic. Doddle homework system is used to support students in preparation for these. We also use a range of online platforms to support students. Regular past questions are given also as part of homework. We also encourage students to embed revision and note-taking techniques into this. Homework is set on Firefly and recorded by the teacher. Parents have access to this and can monitor their child’s progress.

 

Maths

 

Year 7: Students complete up to 5 MyMaths homework tasks over a two week period. These will be based on work they have completed in class or on revision from earlier in the year. Before assessments, they will also be given learning homeworks.

 Year 8, 9, 10: Homeworks are set on a two week cycle. Every half term, there will be a learning homework for a test or assessment, a GCSE questions booklet, and the rest will be 3-5 MyMaths tasks.

 Year 11: A Pinpoint Maths paper should be completed every two weeks (based on analysis from mock papers). Year 11 are set specific topic revision as a class and are expected to complete past papers to aid their revision.

Modern Foreign Languages

 Key Stage 3

MFL students are set purposeful homework tasks which may take the form of the following:

◾vocabulary learning ◾reading comprehensions via www.kerboodle.com ◾listening comprehensions via www.kerboodle.com

◾written work

◾conversation preparation

◾assessment preparation ◾independent interactive tasks using www.kerboodle.com

Key Stage 4

MFL students are set purposeful homework tasks which may take the form of:-

◾speaking preparation and/or practice

◾grammar exercises

◾16 point written question practice

◾32 point written question practice ◾reading comprehensions via www.kerboodle.com ◾listening comprehensions via www.kerboodle.com

◾translation into and out of the target language ◾independent interactive activities on www.kerboodle.com

Music 

 Key Stage 3

Students are assessed on the six performance units set for the year group. Students are given topic keywords at the beginning of each unit which they are tested on regularly. In addition students are assessed in the middle as well as the end for each unit studied. To support the preparation for these assessments students use Firefly for video performance tutorials, as well as various research homework tasks.

 Key Stage 4

Students use revision guides specific for the AQA GCSE Music course.

Students are assessed regularly on both performance and listening components of the course. ‘Focus on Sound’ and ‘Exam Buster’ websites as well as Firefly are used to support student home learning. Past exam questions are also given as part of homework.

Physical Education

Key Stage 3

 Key stage 3 students are encouraged to attend our extra-curricular clubs at lunch time and after school to practise and develop their skills in a range of sports. We also encourage students to use the resources on firefly and revision guides to revise for their short theory tests throughout the year.

 Key Stage 4

Homework is set weekly for GCSE students using a variety of tasks including research, reading, work sheets, mind maps, completing tables/charts and exam questions. Homework consolidates lesson knowledge and through repetition helps store key information in the long term memory. Quality time is expected to be spent on homework. Students always receive feedback on their work in line with our school feedback policy. Revision notes are set as homework for each topic area in preparation for half term tests and are checked by the teacher to ensure students are building up independence in their learning. Students are also expected to attend GCSE PE club each week in order to practise their three sports they will be assessed in for 40% of their practical grade.

Btec Sport students are set revision and past paper questions in order to prepare them for their online test. All homework tasks are set on firefly.

Religious Education

Key Stage 3

Students are tested regularly through the use of Revision Booklets. Students are given summary worksheets on each topic and will be asked to complete set questions and keyword tests. Students revise them and then are tested in class on each topic.

Key Stage 4

Students are provided with revision booklets, these can be accessed on FIREFLY. They will be given regular keyword tests, set GCSE questions and after each topic they will have a test they will have to prepare for.

Science

Key Stage 3

Students use Knowledge Organisers which are provided on each topic in the Homework Booklet. For each topic completed students are expected to:

· Revise the information on the Knowledge Organisers and test themselves on the mini tests.

· Prepare to complete one mini test in class.

· Complete the practice test and mark and correct their answers using the mark scheme.

· Bring their Homework Booklet in to be checked by their teacher.

· Revise for an end of topic test using the information in their Homework Booklet and their exercise book.

 Key Stage 4

Students continue to be tested using knowledge organisers. Additional homework will be set to complete or revise for exam questions.