Homework

Homework in Maths

Homework is set weekly by for every student in the school. Homework in Maths is designed to develop independent learners that are able to identify skill gaps and take the necessary steps to fill them. From year 7 through to 13, the homework platform is designed to teach students how to take notes, how to monitor their own progress and take ownership of their own ‘skills’ practice. All students are set one or two tasks on Hegarty Maths. These tasks both compliment and support the work being done in class or focus on specific gaps in the student’s knowledge.

  • Homework should take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour a week.
  • At KS5 students will be expected to complete a minimum of one substantial piece of homework per week which will approximately equate to 2 hours. Additionally they will be expected to complete class exercises and work through the accompanying course book.

Teachers may set other homework alongside their classwork as appropriate, however Hegarty homework will be set every week to maintain consistency and clarity for students, parents and teachers.

Homework in English

In English, homework is used to consolidate new skills or knowledge, to research key information and to allow the teacher to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the students. All students are set homework each week, which is differentiated and relevant to the Scheme of work being studied.

Homework in Science

KS3
Homework is set once per week if 4 lessons are taught by one teacher. If classes are split (e.g. 2 lessons per teacher) staff set homework at least once every two weeks so students get an average of 1 homework per week.
KS4
Triple Science
• Homework should be set as appropriate and average at least 1 per week.
Core/Additional
• Staff have 2 teaching lessons per week. They should set a minimum of 1 homework per 2 weeks and if possible/appropriate can set 1 per week.
• Students should average between 3 and 6 homeworks per 2 week cycle.
KS5
Home learning should be set as appropriate though at least once per week

Homework in Humanities and MFL

Each subject area within Humanities will undertake the following amount of home learning each week:

 Year 7
Year 8 Year 9
Geography 3 pieces per half-term 3 pieces per half-term 3 pieces per half-term
History 30 minutes per week 30 minutes per week 30 minutes per week
MFL 15-30 minutes per week 15-30 minutes per week 30-45 minutes per week
RE 2 pieces per half-term 2 pieces per half-term 2 pieces per half-term

 

 Year 10
Year 11 KS5
Geography 60 minutes per week 60 minutes per week 180 minutes per week**
History 45 minutes per week 45 minutes per week 180 minutes per week**
MFL 60 minutes per week 60 minutes per week 180 minutes per week**
RE 3 pieces per topic 3 pieces per topic 180 minutes per week**

**Independent Study can be undertaken at school in study areas as well as at home.

All home learning will be linked to the curriculum/exam specification depending on the Year group. The purpose of home learning within Humanities and Languages is to promote independence, develop the skills needed to ensure students meet their potential in all Key Stages and to build resilience within our students.

Home learning completion will be marked and monitored on a regular basis with feedback highlighting areas for improvement to be addressed during reflection time in class. Home learning will be differentiated where applicable.

Homework in Music
KS3: 2 pieces of homework per half term (mostly theory based). KS4: 1 piece per fortnight; either theory or practical dependent on coursework requirements.

Homework in Drama
KS3: 2 pieces of homework per half term. KS4: Set when required due to coursework schedule. Either theory or practical.

Homework in Art
KS3: 2 pieces of homework per half term. KS4: Timetable of weekly homework given to the student every half term. KS5: Timetable of homework given to the student every half term.

Homework in Sports
KS3: Students are expected to be completing at least 60 minutes of moderate and vigorous physical activity a day. Also at least 3 days a week these activities should involve exercises for strengthening muscles, such as push-ups. KS4/5: The vast majority of homework is students completing set coursework. Students are given a deadline and then the responsibility of organising their time to complete their independent study is down to them.

Homework in Social Sciences and Technologies
Each subject area within SS&T will undertake the following amount of home learning each week:

 Year 7
Year 8 Year 9
D&T 3 pieces per half-term 3 pieces per half-term 3 pieces per half-term
Computing 2 piece per half-term 2 piece per half-term 2 piece per half-term
Food 2 piece per half-term 2 piece per half-term 2 piece per half-term

 

 Year 10
Year 11 KS5
D&T 60 minutes per fortnight 60 minutes per fortnight 180 minutes per week**
Computing 30 minutes per fortnight 30 minutes per fortnight 180 minutes per week**
Food 60 minutes per fortnight 60 minutes per fortnight 180 minutes per week**
Child Development 60 minutes per fortnight 60 minutes per fortnight 180 minutes per week**
Business Studies 60 minutes per fortnight 60 minutes per fortnight 180 minutes per week**