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Homework

                            


                        HOMEWORK at HPFS                        

Whilst we recognise that students in the secondary phase have an extended day in school, it is important that we develop students’ independent skills and security in their learning through homework.
Homework may be set as a termly project task as in English at Key Stage 3 or it may be shorter weekly tasks for students to prepare for a lesson or to review their learning after a lesson in Key Stage 4. With most GCSE qualifications being 100% examinations, it is so important that our students showcase their ‘can do’ attitude though completing quality work independently and hand work in on time.
We encourage students to record homework in their planners however we are also re-launching Showmyhomework to facilitate better communication between teachers, students and parents when it comes to homework. It is a really easy way for teachers to record home learning and for families to access the information set by staff therefore be better equipped to support their sons/daughters.
Positive attitudes to HW can…
-add value by creating independence
-extend and challenge learning in the classroom
-boost engagement and self-confidence

 
All staff, students and parents will be issued with passwords to create their personal profile and begin using the system by the end of September 2017.            
All subjects will set and publish appropriate HW tasks on a weekly basis or in advance for the whole term which will allow for more flexibility.
Learning teams will host HW clubs at lunchtimes and will follow-up on any unsatisfactory/incomplete HW.
 

                                     HOMEWORK in English  
             

KS3- HW projects following Takeaway style format (variety of tasks, minimum of 3, collaboration, gallery day, certificates at the end of term)
KS4- weekly tasks linked to topic studied in class (independent reading, short writing piece, research, revision poster, spelling list, etc.).
N.B. Students who do not complete their work to a satisfactory level or not hand it in on time will have 1 warning and have to attend the lunchtime club the following week. The next step will be faculty detention after school.
HW club for English will be every Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtimes in Miss Marin’s room FB01.


                                          HOMEWORK in Maths    

KS 3 – Homework set weekly on ActiveLearn based on work covered in class. Each student has their log in details.
 
KS 4 – Homework set weekly on ActiveLearn based on work covered in class. Each student has their log in details. Year 11 students will also have MathsWatch DVD clips to review on a weekly basis.
 
N.B. Students who do not complete their work to a satisfactory level or do not hand it in on time will have to attend a lunch time homework club the following Friday. The next step will be a faculty detention after school.
 
Homework club for Maths will be every Friday at lunchtimes in Mr Rugoobur’s room EW.21.
 
 
 

KS3 - Homework booklets will be given out at the beginning of a new topic, with weekly tasks being set to complete. These will focus on application of learning and new ideas from lessons and are designed to improve students’ recall of key vocabulary and concepts.

KS4 - Weekly tasks linked to topic studied in class (year 9 and 10 students) or topics covered in earlier years (year 11 students). A variety of tasks will be set, including practice exam questions and calculations, reading and comprehensive questions, independent research and spellings and definitions. All tasks will be chosen to deepen students’ understanding or build their recall and revision skills to help prepare them for GCSE examinations.

N.B. Students who do not complete their work to a satisfactory level or not hand it in on time will have 1 warning and have to attend the lunchtime club the following week. Any students that still fail to complete their work will attend faculty detention after school.

HW club for Science will be on Mondays and Tuesdays in Mr Mackenzie’s room – SB.09.

HOMEWORK in Physical E                     
                                                                                            

Text Box: Key Stage 4 – Students will complete homework from the topic booklets. Students should ensure that they complete 20 points worth of activities throughout each topic and term.Text Box: Key Stage 3 – Students will complete tasks to support their learning in lessons. These may include posters, worksheets, planning sessions for peers and many more tasks throughout each term. Minimum of 3 each term and some may require collaborative work.Text Box: Lunchtime sessions/support will be on a Monday in the GCSE PE room at the SC.Text Box: Failure to complete homework to the required standard or on time will result in a warning. Following the initial warning, students will have to attend a lunchtime session and beyond that an afterschool.                              



 
                                                 























                                               
                             HOMEWORK in Humanities  

                                                  History


KS3 – Initially weekly tasks to help introduce the topics followed by a takeaway style homework project which will consist of a variety of tasks.  Students will be required to do a minimum of three tasks and they will all be submitted at the end of the term.

KS4 - Weekly tasks linked to topic studied in class (independent reading, short writing piece, research, revision poster, spelling list, etc.) or exam style questions to be completed at home for submission in class.

                                                 Geography

KS3 – Weekly tasks consisting of: research, questions, newspapers, posters, diaries, etc.

KS4 – A mixture of weekly exam questions or research regarding GCSE cases studies or key topics.

                                                Ethics

KS3 – Project based tasks focused on the key questions surrounding the unit of study.  These will be submitted termly in class.  Tasks may include, research, posters, speeches, presentations and extended writing tasks.
 
                                               HOMEWORK in Art     
 
KS3: Pupils will generally be set homework once every fortnight. However, this will vary depending on  the project and its requirements.  The task will relate to the current project and may be a research task, collecting materials, or a practical task to reinforce the skills carried out in class.
 
KS4:  Students will be  set homework every week.  If a specific task is not set to the whole class, students will be expected to continue with individual project/coursework.  Students should be spending at least two hours of independent time on their coursework projects per week.
 
Help and support sessions are run Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in the Art and Design room (T.B.09).  If students do not complete homework, they will be expected to attend the afterschool sessions.
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