Homework


Teachers at Tudor Grange endeavour to set homework for your child which is engaging, relevant, creative and enhances their learning.

Homework is important as it prepares students for examinations and supports students in developing life skills such as:

• learning to work independently
• meeting deadlines
• presentation and development of ideas
• selecting and structuring information to good effect
• preparing for examinations

We use an online system called Show My Homework which helps parents keep track of your child’s homework and is a simple homework calendar enabling us to ensure homework is set and communicated to all students and parents/carers.

Some of the benefits are:
• 24/7 access giving parents/carers a deeper insight into the homework your child receives
• Being able to view the quality and quantity of homework
• Being able to monitor the homework your child is being set as deadlines and assignments are clear and set out in calendar or list form
• Worksheets and other resources can be added to support students with independent learning.

Students, parents/carers are issued with a unique pin with which to log in either via the Show My Homework website www.showmyhomework.co.uk or there is an app to download.

If a parent feels that there is an issue with the amount of homework their child is receiving, then they should contact their child’s tutor.

 

Core subjects

English

KS3

Students in years 7 and 8 are given one or two compulsory literacy homework tasks each week which should take between 30 to 45 minutes to complete.  This includes reading non-fiction articles and unpicking meaning and intent.  Alongside this, a selection of research tasks are also offered for students to complete over a half term which relate to the current topic or novel being studied.

The KS3 research tasks will take a minimum of 3 hours over the half term, this equates to half an hour a week. Some students, however, will spend considerably more time on the task, but this is not a requirement.

KS4

In years 9, 10 and 11 GCSE students will be required to complete the following compulsory homework tasks such as:

  • annotate poems from their GCSE anthology
  • use the internet to access different interpretation of texts and poems
  • research topics currently being studied
  • planning pieces of work
  • reading non-fiction articles
  • spelling

There will be a minimum of one task per week. Tasks will vary in length but they will average out to approximately 60 minutes per week and some reading tasks will take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

 

Mathematics

KS3

Students in years 7 and 8 should expect to receive a piece of mathematics homework every week. Homework tasks will be varied, including online tasks to complete on www.mymaths.co.uk, and question booklets designed to either consolidate or challenge understanding. Students should spend between 30-45 minutes per piece of mathematics homework.

KS4

In years 9, 10 and 11 GCSE students will be required to:

  • Work through booklets designed to either recap prior knowledge, consolidate topics that are being covered during lessons or extend their understanding.
  • Revise independently on individual topics identified from their personal exam analysis using the revision techniques discussed in lessons.

Students should spend between 30- 60 minutes completing homework for mathematics. This will be directed by the teacher on a weekly basis.

 

Science

KS3

  • Year 7 and 8 pupils will be given one piece of homework per week for a duration of 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Homework will be a mixture of tasks including exploring science worksheets which consolidate information learned in lessons, posters and mind maps to show links between different topics and revision tasks in preparation for formative and common assessment.

KS4

  • Exam questions are set fortnightly with students expected to spend a maximum of two hours over two weeks in order to complete them
  • Students are given booklets to support their learning and revision

 

Languages

KS3

In languages, students are expected to complete a variety of different tasks. From learning vocabulary and reading comprehension to more creative tasks like writing and creating posters, all tasks are designed to consolidate what students have covered in the classroom.

KS4

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 are required to complete more substantial writing tasks in preparation for a demanding GCSE, in which they will be required to write in their studied language with no support. They will also be required to complete more complex reading comprehension tasks to help build their independent learning skills and build a more extensive vocabulary.

For all years, students will be asked to learn vocabulary to be tested in the classroom environment. The length of the time allocated for a learning homework will vary depending on the complexity of the task.

 

History 

KS3

Students in years 7 and 8 are set a project over a half term.  They are required to complete three tasks from a menu.  The KS3project tasks will take a minimum of 3 hours over the half term, this equates to half an hour a week. Some students, however, will spend considerably more time on the task, but this is not a requirement.

KS4

Students are set exam based and topic research questions.  Students are expected to spend at least an hour a fortnight on these tasks.

 

Religious Studies

KS3

Up until this half term students have been set targeted questions in booklets.

Students are expected to spend thirty minutes a week on this.

KS4

Year 9Termly booklets containing different activities.  Students are expected to spend between 30- 45 minutes a week completing these.

 

Geography 

KS3

Homework is set every two weeks. Twice a year, students are required to complete an extended project both in year 7 and year 8. For these projects, a detailed guidance sheet will be provided for students giving short term deadlines to help them keep on track.

KS4

Students in years 9, 10 and 11 are required to complete either a shorter homework task weekly or an extended one fortnightly. These may consist of examination questions, research tasks, looking at news reports or watching documentaries and making notes.

Homework tasks will last no longer than 45 minutes.

 

Social Sciences

Food, Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism, Childcare, Hair and Business Studies

Homework is set at least once a fortnight for all groups. These focus on researching information that will be directly used in the next lesson, practice exam questions, revision or activities that test and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All activities set should take no longer than 1 hour.

 

Performing Arts

Drama 

KS3

Students are issued with project booklets at the start of each half term. All homework tasks are designed to extend and consolidate learning and they are listed within the booklets. Tasks include:

  • creation of character profiles
  • learning of scripts
  • writing monologues
  • sourcing props and costume
  • researching characters and/or genre

We would not expect KS3 students to spend any longer than 30 minutes on a single homework task

KS4

Students will work in exercise books during lessons and they will periodically be issued with scripts and additional resources. All homework tasks are designed to extend and consolidate learning and may be issued to prepare students for their final written examination. Tasks include:

  • completion of practise GCSE examination questions
  • character development
  • learning and/or writing of scripts
  • updating of student log or Edmodo page
  • sourcing props and costume
  • researching characters and/or genre

We would not expect KS4 students to spend any longer than 45 minutes on a single homework task

 

Performing Arts

Music KS3

All homework tasks are designed to extend and consolidate student learning within the focus of each term, which may cover performing, composing, listening and appraising skills. Homework will be set once a fortnight.

Tasks may include:

  • development of musical knowledge
  • learning about historical and social context
  • individual and group performance rehearsals
  • research
  • composition tasks

We would not expect KS3 students to spend any longer than 30 minutes on a single homework task.

Music KS4

Students are issued with a writing and manuscript book and folder at the beginning of the year. All homework tasks are designed to extend and consolidate student learning within the focus of each term. This will help students with their preparation for the written examination, as well as the performance and composition coursework. Students at KS4 will receive homework once a week.

Tasks may include:

  • practice GCSE examination questions
  • rehearsal for solo and group performances
  • completion of GCSE composition coursework
  • tasks given on the class Edmodo page
  • researching into different musical genres

We would not expect KS4 students to spend any longer than 45 minutes on a single homework task.

 

Visual Arts

KS3

Students in years 7 and 8 receive homework twice a half term, the first is art based to reinforce the current topic or skill being studied and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and the second, a literacy based task to support the learning of key words.

KS4

Students are required to carry out research and to complete coursework targets for between 30 minutes and an hour’s study weekly, after school, at homework club in the art rooms.

Additional research homework will be set as required.

 

Physical Education

All students are encouraged to seek out opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity for at least 1 hour a week.

KS3

In years 7 and 8, students will be given homework tasks to research and explore content covered in lessons. Throughout year 7 and year 8 students will explore the following areas in lessons and as part of their homework:

  • How to effectively warm up for physical activity
  • Names and locations of major muscles and what movement they create
  • Locations of ball and socket and hinge joints in the skeletal system and the names of different movements.
  • Different types of fitness in relation to different athletics and sports disciplines.
  • How heart rate changes throughout exercise and sport

 

GCSE PE

Students are set homework tasks based on the content being studied. These tasks should take 30 minutes to complete and will be set on a fortnightly basis, or more frequently on the run up to an exam or assessment. This will be in the form of exam questions or research projects. Students are expected to conduct independent revision before examinations.

  • Year 9: Anatomy, physiology and personal exercise programme
  • Year 10: Health, fitness and wellbeing and sports psychology
  • Year 11: Movement analysis and biomechanics

ICT / Computing 

In most cases homework will be set that does not involve the use of the computer and when it does it will not require access to any software that is not freely available. We use workbooks in computing and often the homework will be in the workbook, or revision for a test in class. When studying GCSE Computing there will be times when controlled assessments are being done in class. When this happens, it is advised that the students spend some time out of the classroom engaged in research or practise.

KS3

Student are set homework once every three weeks. It will normally take between 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

KS4

Students are set homework every two weeks. This will normally take between 20 minutes and an hour to complete.

 

Design and Technology

KS3   Design and Technology

Students in years 7 and 8 are set homework twice a term which they should spend a minimum of three hours on.

KS4   Design and Technology / Graphics 

Students in years 9 and 10 are given theory based revision and research tasks which links to their current practical work.  These tasks should take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.

Students in year 11 are given exam question homework booklets. They answer a question a week which should take 30 minutes.

KS4 Product Design

Students are given exam questions and theory practise which are set weekly.  They will be expected to spend 1 hour per week completing this work.