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
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.
• Homework should be set as appropriate and average at least 1 per week.
• 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.
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
|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
|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**|