At Canon Slade School, we believe that homework is an integral part to learning for all students across all three Key Stages. As the EEF research has found, completing learning at home can lead to an additional five months of learning in comparison to pupils who do not complete it. We set homework for the following purposes:
- Consolidation and reinforcement of skills and knowledge
- Reviewing and checking previous learning
- Developing independent learning habits
- Providing an opportunity for self-reflection
- Pre-learning of new content (flipped learning)
- Developing literacy skills
- Revising for formal assessments
We believe that by developing good learning habits outside of school, our pupils will not only be well prepared for future study but will also become more independent and resilient people.
Homework at Canon Slade will be set in various ways, including:
- Homework booklets
- Online programmes
- Self-quizzing using the Knowledge Organisers
- Written tasks
- Reading comprehension activities
- Revision tasks
- Coursework / portfolio development
The guidelines for homework are set out below. Whilst every attempt will be made to follow these, there may be times where more homework is set due to upcoming exams and coursework, for example.
Key Stage 3
English, Maths, Science and RS – One piece of homework will be completed every week, lasting approximately 30 minutes.
All other subjects – One piece of homework will be completed every fortnight, lasting approximately 30 minutes.
The expectation is that pupils spend this time self-quizzing using their Knowledge Organisers if no official homework is set by the teacher.
Key Stage 4
English, Maths, Science (Dual award) and RS– A minimum of one piece of homework will be completed every week, lasting approximately 60 minutes.
All other subjects, including separate Sciences – A minimum of one piece of homework will be completed every fortnight, lasting approximately 60 minutes. For Options subjects, this could be in the format of one piece lasting 30 minutes per week.
The expectation is that pupils spend this time self-quizzing using their Knowledge Organisers if no official homework is set by the teacher. By regularly self-quizzing and doing independent revision work, pupils will be more prepared for their final exams and by the time they sit exams in Year 11, they will have developed good revision habits and techniques.
For practical subjects such as Art or Technology, the expectation is that pupils work on developing and extending their portfolio during this time if no work is directed by the teacher.
Pupils will be provided with a copy of their Homework Timetable and a planner in September. It is their responsibility to ensure that they record details of homework set and the due date accurately. Non-completion of homework will be recorded and reported on report cards to parents.