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Homework: Our Commitment

At Patchway, we set homework so that our young people can deepen their knowledge and understanding of what they have learnt in class whilst training to become independent learners. Homework is key to helping students learn better and achieve more.

Teachers will set the following types of homework:

  • Reviewing learning
  • Research for future learning
  • Practice of examination style questions
  • Learning/memorising key vocabulary/facts or concepts e.g. knowledge organisers
  • Independent reading
  • Revision

All homework will be set on Google Classroom. Teachers will also ensure that all students understand what is expected of them before the end of the lesson and will set realistic deadlines so that students are able to manage work from a range of subjects. Homework, like classwork, will be checked by the teacher.

How you can support your child in completing homework:

  • Provide an appropriate learning space for a student to study at home
  • Monitor the completion of homework regularly
  • Maintain a regular routine for homework
  • Encourage and enable students to attend Homework Club and/or revision sessions after school, where available and appropriate

Become their study buddy:

We will often set homework which requires students to revise or learn information from a knowledge organiser. A knowledge organiser has all the relevant information that your child needs to know for a particular topic or unit of work (example below).

 

                                                                                          

 Techniques to help your child:

  • Read it, Cover it, Write it out, Check it
  • Ask questions – test them!
  • Discuss the knowledge together
  • Make Q + A Flashcards – use regularly, focusing on the ones which they get wrong!
  • Use online resources such as BBC Bitesize

Amount and Frequency of Homework:

KS3

In Y7, 8 and 9 the amount of homework will be different for each subject depending on how many lessons there are over the two week timetable. E.g. subjects such as English, maths and science where there are lots of lessons, will set more homework than subjects like art and music who only have one lesson a week. 

As a guideline, students should expect to receive at least the following:

Subject

How often?

Time that it should take to complete

English

1 per week

30 – 60 minutes

Maths

1 per week

30 – 60 minutes

Science

1 per week

30 – 60 minutes

Humanities (Y7 only)

1 per week

30 – 60 minutes

French

1 per week

30 – 60 minutes

Geography

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

History

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

Literacy*

See below

30 minutes

Religious Studies

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

Art

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

Music

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

Performing Arts

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

Design Technology

1 per fortnight

30 – 60 minutes

 

*Additionally, students will receive literacy homework which includes 30 minutes of independent reading each week and 30 mins of cross-curricular vocabulary quizzes/ SPAG quizzes a fortnight.

KS4

In years 10 and 11 students should expect to receive at least the following:

 

Subject

 How often?

Time that it should take to complete

English

1 per week

60-90 minutes

Maths

1 per week

60-90 minutes

Science

1 per week

60-90 minutes

Options

1 per fortnight

60 minutes

 

It is important that homework is completed on time and to the best of the students’ ability. Plenty of time will be given to complete each piece of homework so there will be no excuse!

For our full Homework policy please click here.