Homework

In order to further learning, each subject sets work for students to complete at home. Homework is set using Google Classroom. Google Classroom is available to students and tutors while parents have the opportunity to receive scheduled updates on homework set.

The following table provides an indication of the amount of homework students should expect to receive during Key Stages 3 and 4.

Homework: Key Stage 3 (Yrs 7-9)

Subject Quantity Type Wider Reading
Art Twice per half term Research tasks, practical tasks with a key focus on observational drawing techniques Detailed in teacher feedback – individually set
Citizenship Twice per half term

Year 7 HW booklet once per term with a range and choice of research and challenge activities.

Year 8 and 9 study tasks will be a variety of tasks including research of topical issues, discussion and questioning parents, developing arguments and debate points.

Watch Newsround

Read First News

Routinely browse the websites for both these

Try and watch the 6 o’clock news or read a local or national (quality) newspaper)
Computer Science

Homework is set via Google Classroom

Homework is set on a project by project basis, generally two homework activities per project

 

Knowledge and comprehension of key terms for computer science, research tasks, summary  questions & extended projects

BBC Bitesize KS3 

Computer Science 4 Fun

The Turtle System

Scratch

Python Programming Language?
English A substantial piece of writing per week plus suggestions for wider reading

Homework booklet produced for each module and shared with students at the start of the module

These are set out in the homework booklet and there is an element of choice for more able students. Wider reading and research tasks are challenging
Geography One activity every two weeks Homework booklet issued at the start of term.

National Geographic magazine

BBC Bitesize KS3
History An activity chosen by student every 2 weeks – will always be given one week to submit

Homework menu – one per half term

Textbook

Yr7: Aaron Wilkes ‘Invasion, Plague and Murder – Britain 1066-1485’

Yr8: Aaron Wilkes ‘Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation.’

Yr9: Aaron Wilkes ‘Industry, Reform and Empire’, and ‘Technology, War and Identities.’
Mathematics Two pieces of homework are set on Hegarty Maths every week; second task is always related to prior knowledge revision. Students are expected to watch video clips attached to the tasks, take notes and show their working in their exercise books. They should spend up to one hour on each task and aim to achieve their best score (ideally 80% or better)

Student text book for practice exercises

Parent Guide to Hegarty Maths

Video clips and practice quizzes on Hegarty Maths including "MemRi" and "Fix up 5" questions

Other websites available:

Maths Genie 

Corbett Maths 

Dr Frost Maths

Modern Foreign Languages Twice per fortnight

Learning vocabulary
Reading and Comprehension,

Listening activities
Grammar practise

Small Translations

DuoLingo

Linguascope

Music Approximately one homework per half-term unit, though there can be some variation in this, dependent on the project Project based homework each half term Many students have lessons on musical instruments in addition to standard curriculum work: these require daily practice
Religious Education Twice per half term

Keyword Tests
Research Tasks
Comprehension
Essay Questions

Bible stories (Mark’s Gospel)
Science Weekly

Students will be required to use the online textbooks via the website Kerboodle. Their username is their normal login that they use for the school computers, their password is of their choosing and the institution code is gro4.

Each week their teacher/s will designate the relevant pages that need to be read and students should answer the questions from those textbook pages. They need to bring this to lesson as evidence of completing their homework. 

Each term students will be sporadically set a homework task that is designed to spur their interest and engagement in the subject. 

Wider reading:

Discovermagazine.com 

Sciencenewsforstudents.org

www.cernland.net

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/  

The New Scientist

Livescience.com

Technology Resistant Materials and Food Technology: once per half term Variety of tasks linked to schemes of work Detailed in teacher feedback – individually set

 

Homework: Key Stage 4 (yrs 10-11)

Subject Quantity Type Wider Reading
Art and Art Textiles Weekly

One varied practical task each week, including Artist responses and observational tasks, including photography and drawing

Covered in HW Artist research tasks

Extension tasks will be detailed in CW/HW feedback and will be individual

Citizenship Once per week

Typical activities will include research an issue, develop your own opinion, bring a case study, ask your parents, prepare an argument, develop a presentation, short and long answer exam question preparation

Watch the news, read a quality newspaper, subscribe to the Week, discuss with your parents, create a twitter account and follow subject related people and journalists/ commentators, watch Question Time and current affairs programmes like Unreported World, Dispatches, Panorama

Computer Science

Homework is set via Google Classroom

One per two-week timetable cycle and ongoing coding challenges/ practice.

Exam questions – exam technique

Revision of computer science key terms and definitions

Tasks set to support learning in the class – exam projects, coding exercises & challenges

Computational Fairy Tales by Jeremy Kubica

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold

BBC Bitesize GCSE 

Computer Science 4 Fun

The Turtle System

Scratch

Python Programming Language?
English Twice weekly

Research; Essay plans; Practice essays; Revision notes; Preparing presentations.

All homework tasks require students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at GCSE

Ongoing and will be part of the regular homework
Geography Weekly

Exam questions – exam technique

Revision of geographical vocabulary

Tasks set to support learning in the class

National Geographic magazine

Geographical Review

History Weekly

Tasks are usually GCSE exam questions/ timed essay preparation or revision for end of unit tests

Medicine Through Time c1250 – present.

ISBN 978-1-4718-6137-6

Mathematics Two pieces of homework are set on Hegarty Maths every week; second taks is always related to prior knowledge revision Students are expected to watch video clips attached to the tasks, take notes and show their working in their exercise books. They should spend up to an hour on each task and aim to achieve their best score (ideally 80% or better)

Student text book for practice exercises

Year 11 students: Maths GCSE Target Book

Parent Guide to Hegarty Maths

Video clips and practice quizzes on Hegarty Maths including "MemRi" and "Fix up 5" questions.

Other available websites

Maths Genie 

Corbett Maths 

Dr Frost Maths

Modern Foreign Languages Three times per fortnight

Learning vocabulary

Extended writing tasks

Grammar practise

Listening activities

Translations both ways

Duolingo

Linguascope

Languages Online

Exam Wizard

Espanol Extra

 

Music

Daily practice on instrument. With creative tasks, there will be short-term and long-term tasks.  Short term tasks nearer the beginning of the course, and longer (eg complete and record a composition) tasks requiring strategic thinking as the course goes on.  All these are ongoing.

There will generally be one listening task per week

Regular daily  instrumental practice developing performing skills

Some form of creative work project on the go at all times during the course

Specific tasks relating to listening and also short-term practical tasks often relating to a specific technique
Wider listening is necessary, and pupils keep a listening diary and have to speak sometimes about pieces they have encountered and analyse what appeals to them
Physical Education

At least one hour (generally 90 minutes) of homework shall be set per theory lesson of GCSE PE.

As a minimum, homework will be set on a weekly basis.

GCSE PE homework will be set according to the lesson content being covered and will aim to recap prior learning, extend the learning from the lesson and consolidate learning in relation to answering exam based questions. There is always an extension based task to all GCSE PE homework

Students can use the following websites to further their understanding of certain topics:

Teach PE

Brian Mac

BBC Bitesize

Religious Education Weekly

Past essay questions/research tasks/Revision for knowledge tests

RE:quest

BBC Bitesize

BBC Religion

 

Science

Three homework tasks over the fortnight.

Students will be required to use the online textbooks via the website Kerboodle. Their username is their normal login that they use for the school computers, their password is of their choosing and the institution code is gro4.

Each fortnight their teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics will designate the relevant pages that need to be read and students should answer the questions from those textbook pages. They need to bring this to lesson as evidence of completing their homework.

Wider reading:

Discovermagazine.com 

Sciencenewsforstudents.org

www.cernland.net

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/  

The New Scientist

Livescience.com

Technology: 

Food Technology and Resistant Materials

Weekly Research based tasks, design task and folder completion. All tasks will include analysis of existing products and written responses

Exam Board revision guides

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