Here at Neatherd we know that children who spend time on homework show higher levels of academic achievement, as homework enables children to reinforce, practice and apply the skills learnt in class, in order to build knowledge of the different subjects. It allows parents to engage, encourage and participate towards their children’s learning. Homework allows children to demonstrate their abilities and improve their sense of responsibility and time management.
Key Stage 3
Students will be using their Core Knowledge Booklets to revise and build knowledge in each of their subjects. Students record their learning, self-quizzing & revision in their red homework exercise books. Homework is set by the class teacher and checked by the class teacher. Students are also expected to read 4 times a week, as we know prodigious readers will progress further. Information about the homework, schedule, rewards and sanctions can be found on the ‘KS3 Homework Guide’, which is available on the link below.
Above and Beyond
For KS3 pupils, there are a series of optional extra (not compulsory) extended activities which pupils can complete at home. These are then handed in to their subject teacher, who will reward the work with 25 or 50 house points, depending on the task. These are Above and Beyond their normal homework and are available from this link.
Key Stage 4
Students are expected to spend a maximum of 45mins per subject per week on homework. Pupils will receive specific tasks that are likely to be exam style tasks and questions, as well as revision activities. Subject teachers will set, collect and mark the KS4 homework.
- Scheduled – homework will be planned in advance, ideally this plan is shared with students. No ad-hoc “finish off this for next lesson” homework.
- Consistent – (If at all possible) Homework will always be set on the same day of the week and always collect on the same day the week after.
- Timely– students should always have 7 days to complete the homework task.
- Clear– teachers will always give a clear task and clear expectations for the quantity and quality.
- Standardised – tasks will be reinforcing content from the lessons, and the tasks should be the same across the department.
- Feedback – Is likely to be whole class feedback in lessons, addressing common misconceptions or gaps in their knowledge.
Rewards and Sanctions…
- Class teachers will reward homework with House Points if the homework has been done well. 3 or 5 House Points per homework.
- If a pupil does not hand in homework, or it is not of the expected standard;
- 1st time – Warning = support in class to encourage pupils to complete homework.
- 2nd time – pupils have a teacher consequence (Call home, teacher meeting, etc)
- 3rd time –Subject Leader involved for further support/intervention. (Homework report, call home, department detention, homework catch-up, Director told, etc)
- We always aim to support pupils to get their homework done, but there will be detentions and even an SLT detention, if homework is continuously not done.
Core Knowledge Booklets (see inside for Above and Beyond Tasks)