Homework in each small school
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (and Nursery children if they are ready) are given daily reading homework for which they should read their levelled reading book and talk about it with their parent/carer for approximately 10 minutes.
Parents/carers should then record the reading done in their reading record.
Teachers check the reading records every day to check that reading has been done and to read messages as some may need a response.
From time to time teachers may suggest that some pupils do some additional phonics practice at home and if this is the case the teacher will arrange to meet with parents to discuss this.
Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 complete four pieces of homework per night, which should take them around 90 minutes to complete in total.
Every night this includes DEAR, English and maths. The fourth homework will be French, science or music.
Pupils in Year 9 complete DEAR every night, English and maths four nights a week, science twice and French, geography, history RS or music once a week.
Homework is set weekly in most subjects, with the exception of English and Maths, which sets homework on a more frequent basis.
Homework in Upper School follows the 'must, could, should' structure:
MUST- All pupils must complete this work.
SHOULD- This should be accessible to all. It might be pre-learning which will help pupils to feel ahead in the next lesson.
COULD- This should be the above and beyond task, and could take the form of an independent research project, or push the pupil to think beyond the bounds of the GCSE curriculum.
In sixth form there are two main forms of homework:
1.Weekly homework (2-3 hrs)
These are extended and challenging pieces of work e.g. essays, research tasks or extended packs of questions or exam prep packs. These are set weekly, and will build on learning from lessons.
2. Pre-learning (20-30mins per lesson)
This is set at the end of each lesson, and comprises shorter tasks – between 20 and 30 minutes normally – which are needed to be prepared for the following lesson. This ensures that students arrive prepared for their next lesson, and allows students to be much more in charge of their own learning.
As in Upper School, weekly homework tasks are split into three sections. These three sections are designed to give students a clear idea of the minimum requirement to be successful on a sixth form course but also to allow students to stretch themselves and go beyond the syllabus as they aim for top grades and particularly if they wish to take a subject at university. Three types of task are:
MUST – every student in the class must complete these tasks. They represent the minimum necessary to give yourself a chance of achieving your targets on the course.
SHOULD - these are tasks that are highly advisable if you want to achieve a top grade on the course. The should tasks will often take the specific topic you are working on slightly further, allowing you to deepen your understanding of the current topic being studied.
COULD - these are tasks that are more open ended and are for students who want to go above and beyond the syllabus and pursue a subject they are interested in. Often involving wider reading and research students that consistently attempt could tasks will be putting themselves in a strong position to study the subject at university and excel to an A* or Distinction* on their course.
We expect homework to be completed on time and to a high standard and ask families to support their children by ensuring they have a quiet space to work each evening, as well as engaging with what work pupils have been asked to complete. Pupils from Year 5 upwards are given planners into which they record their homework and due date. Families should look in these planners regularly. Class teachers check each pupil's planner once a week and sign it. Parents are expected to do the same. The planners are also a good way for families to communicate with teachers.
If homework is not handed in on time, is messy or incomplete, then pupils will redo it in homework catch-up. This systems varies slightly between small schools.
Teachers keep a record of children's reading homework in their class assessment folder. If this monitoring shows that daily home reading is not taking place or that the book is not being brought back to school each day, the teacher will arrange to meet with the parents/carers to discuss.
Pupils in Juniors are expected to complete homework every night. If children do not complete their homework, parents are invited in to discuss how to ensure pupils can do so. Pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 are expected to go to Homework Catch Up once a week if homework is repeatedly incomplete
Homework is handed in during Morning Meeting and checked. If a piece of homework is late, missing, messy or incomplete then the pupil will redo it in homework catch-up that evening. Parents will receive a text message by 1pm on the day to let them know the time their child will be dismissed. Homework catch-up lasts 30 minutes, or as long as it takes to redo the homework, whichever is longer.
Homework catch-up runs in much the same way as in Middle School. However, it is the subject teacher who decides if the homework has been completed to a high enough standard for each piece of work. Due to teacher timetables, the subject teacher may not review the work until later that same day, so the homework catch-up may take place the next day. Parents will still receive a text message to let them know what time their child will be dismissed if they do have homework catch-up.
Due to homework being set weekly, if a pupil is absent on any day, it is their responsibility to collect any homework that was set on the day they missed. If they do not do this and fail to hand in the work on the correct day, they should still expect to be in homework catch-up.
It is always the student's responsibility to be aware of homework and pre-work that has been set and hand it in on time. If a lesson is missed and therefore work has not been handed in or collected for completion this must be rectified by the student before the next lesson in the subject. Missing or incomplete pre-work and homework will result in students being placed in HWCU. This happens on Tuesday (for Monday and Tuesday)-Friday in Commons. While a long piece of homework may not be able to be fully completed in HWCU students should start the work after school and hand it in to the subject teacher the following morning. All HWCU should be returned to subject teachers by the next morning at the latest.