We believe that homework contributes significantly to a student’s progress in school. It helps to raise standards of achievement and plays an essential part in preparing students for tests, examinations and, most importantly, for lifelong independent learning. It extends challenges open to students and can maximise the effective use of teaching time in school.
Major aims of setting homework:
- To help raise achievement: this is assisted through the additional study time which homework requires and provides. Well-set homework offers appropriate challenges based on the reinforcement, consolidation and extensions of work done in lessons.
- To increase motivation: Students should be encouraged to undertake independent learning at home as an essential part of their education. They should be made aware of the link between good study habits, high standards of organization and achievement, and examination success. Rewards for good homework help to improve effort.
- To develop independent study skills: Students must progressively learn to take responsibility for their learning and develop the skills, attitudes and confidence necessary to study effectively throughout their lives. As they move up the school there will be increasing demands placed on them. They need to develop good organizational skills such as time-management, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
- To encourage a strong partnership between parents and School: through helping students with opportunities to use resources and materials not available in all lessons (e.g. visits, newspapers, television and radio, further use of computers, internet, libraries) and, most importantly, by ensuring that students have time and space for quiet uninterrupted study, parents can work most effectively towards maximizing their daughter’s progress.
Purposes of Homework for students
- Offers additional study time to help them achieve higher standards.
- Enables them to review classwork and check that they have understood it.
- Enables them to prepare for future lessons through individual research.
- Gives them the opportunity to reinforce their skills by practising them.
- Requires them to read – for information and for pleasure.
- Requires them to write in different styles (e.g. essays, summaries, notes, extended written work).
- Requires them to solve problems.
- Extends their learning and widens their experience.
- Enables them to pursue individual interests in subject areas.
- Helps them to develop study skills – including time management and planning.
- Requires them to use a variety of resources (books/internet/CDs) to help with their work.
Homework tasks may take many different forms, including:
- Text book questions
- Exam style questions
- Past exam questions
- Research tasks
- Learning key words
- Tasks on Edmodo-Engage-Literacy Planet .
- Tasks uploaded on Teacher- students’ blogs
Each homework task may not be assessed by the teacher, as a standard ongoing homework for all classes is the review of that lessons work. This is assessed as part of the formal testing procedure. However homework will be formally marked by the teacher or checked through whole class discussion. Feedback will be given in on pieces of work/assessments with individual targets for the student on how to improve.Each year group will be set a one homework minimum per week. The average time spent on homework will vary for each year group, increasing as they move up the key stages.
Some week’s, students will be given longer tasks which will take more time and other weeks will be less than the average time. Please see the table below for specific average times for each year.
|Year||Home Work Hours Per Week|
|1.5 hours||2.5 hours||2.5 hours||1 hour||1 hour||1.5 hours||1 hour||N.A|
|8||2.5 hours||1.5 hours||2.5 hours||2.5 hours||1 hour||1 hour||2 hours||1 hour||N.A|
|9||3 hours||2 hours||3 hours||3 hours||1 hour||1 hour||2 hours||1 hour||N.A|
|10||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours||3 hours||1 hour||N.A||1 hour||2.5 hours||2.5 hours|
|11||4 hours||3 hours||4 hours||4 hours||1 hour||N.A||1 hour||2.5 hours||
|1 hour||N.A||1 hour||4 hours||4 hours|