Glossopdale School

Homework at Glossopdale 

The principles:

Developing effective home study habits is an essential skills for all of our students. Engaging in learning at home helps to consolidate knowledge acquired in school and develop independence.

Students in Years 7-11 receive one piece of homework per week for each of the subjects that they study. Year 11 students should also expect to complete self-guided revision in addition to any specific homework tasks.

The most effective homework prepares students for future learning, building on what they already know, or aids revision of existing learning to expand, embed and link knowledge.

Types of effective homework:

  • Revision of a knowledge organiser followed by testing in class
  • Summarising notes from a lesson into a mindmap/flash cards
  • Completing a graphic organiser
  • Exam question practice
  • Guided research questions
  • KS3 project-based homework

 

 Setting homework:

We use Google Classroom to set homework for most subjects, and for some subjects homework is submitted online too. Students have their own login details for Google Classroom; they can access homework and lesson resources for each of their subjects. In the event that a student misses a lesson, they should use Google Classroom to access the materials and complete the relevant activities that they have missed.

Staff will provide a deadline for the homework submission. If a student does not meet this guideline, they will be awarded a behaviour point and expect to complete the homework for the next lesson. We have a number of after-school homework clubs that students will be invited to in the event that they fail to meet a homework deadline.

All students have a study planner where they should record their homework and the submission date, even if the homework is set online. Please can parents review and sign the planner every week to monitor your child’s homework and indicate that it has been completed.

Expectations for students:

We expect the same high standards for homework as we do in lessons, of effort, presentation and application. Students will receive THRIVE points for excellent homework, and may receive a behaviour point for a piece of homework that is not at the expected standard.

  Subject-specific homework activities:

English:

Y7 - Weekly spelling tests of Tier 2 vocabulary, set on Google Classroom and tested within lessons. Reading for AR lessons, a weekly page target is set.

 Y8 - Weekly spelling tests of Tier 2 vocabulary, set on Google Classroom and tested within lessons. Reading for the Y8 Reading Challenge, reviews of the books read are written up in library lessons - students should aim to read at least 10 books over the course of the year. 

 Y9 - Weekly spelling tests of high incidence academic words or Tier 2 vocabulary. Additional homework could include: research, knowledge retrieval exercises and reading. 

 Y10 and 11: Knowledge Organiser quizzing. Additional homework could include spellings, wider reading, essay planning and mini mocks.

 Maths:

Year 7/8/9 – Mathswatch activities

Year 10 – Mathswatch and Pinpoint learning booklets.

Year11 – Exam papers and Pinpoint learning activities.

 Science:

All years: Educake quizzes, Revision of knowledge organisers followed by retrieval tests, 10 key concept tests

Years 9-11: GCSE exam questions

Physical Education and Sport:

Internal units: Assignment-based homework which is linked to their current unit.

External units: Weekly retrieval activities linked to their exam unit.

 Global Studies:

 Year 7 and 8 Humanities – students are set a half termly project to complete over 4 weeks. They are given a choice of various types of task and the focus rotates around the three subjects of History, Geography and RS. The students have the opportunity to present their projects in class.

 Year 9 History and Geography – students are given mini research tasks and simple comprehension tasks. They are expected to complete revision for their assessments as appropriate. Source tasks or data interpretation tasks are also set regularly.

 Year 9,10 and 11 RS – students are usually set GCSE style questions and revision as and when appropriate for assessments and Trial examinations.

 Year 10 and 11 History, Geography and Psychology -  students are usually set GCSE style questions and revision as and when appropriate for assessments and Trial examinations.

 IT:

Years 7, 8 and 9 - Homework is set once per fortnight and should take up to 30 minutes to complete. This takes a variety of forms including:

  • ‘Rewind’ activities
  • Research activities
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • Written worksheets to further extend learning on topics taught in lesson

 Years 10 + 11 - Homework is set every week and should take approximately an hour to complete. These take a variety of forms including :

  • ‘Rewind’ on milestone assessments
  • Smart Revise ® activities where students complete regularly quizzes and receive detailed analytics on their strengths and areas of development and promote topic mastery.
  • Taking Cornell notes on particular topics
  • Creating revision materials including knowledge organisers, mind maps and flash cards

 Business and Health:

Years 10+11 - Homework is set every week and should take approximately an hour to complete. These take a variety of forms including :

  • ‘Rewind’ on milestone assessments
  • Taking Cornell notes on particular topics
  • Creating revision materials including knowledge organisers, mind maps and flash cards
  • Preparation for coursework

 Technology:

 KS3 Food - Project, revision aids and research homeworks are set each half term (details on Google Classroom).

KS3 D&T - Revision aids and research homeworks are set 2 -3 times per half term (details on Google Classroom).

 KS4 Hospitality & Catering - Ingredients and containers are needed every practical lesson. Exam style questions, revision aids and research homeworks are set at least every other week (details on Google Classroom).

KS4 D&T - Exam style questions, revision aids and research homeworks are set every week (details on Google Classroom).