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Our Lady's Catholic
High School

For Students

Homework

Homework is an important part of the curriculum and a way of extending the learning for all students. It allows work covered in the School to be reinforced, consolidated or extended.  Homework and additional study is a chance to improve and extend knowledge and skills and work towards becoming independent learners. Home and the School need to work particularly closely in this area to provide a supportive, structured framework, within which students can find success.

1. The Purposes of Homework

There are many reasons for setting homework, the most important ones being to;  

  • encourage and develop self-discipline and study habits  

  • reinforce class work and consolidate learning  

  • give students experience of working on their own, and to develop in students a sense of responsibility for, and commitment to, their own learning  

  • involve parents in the educational process and provide an insight into the work of the student

Please note that teachers are encouraged to focus their time on planning and delivery excellent teachhing and we therefore ask our staff to find methods such as peer and self assessment to mark HW tasks whenever possible

2. What You Can Do As Parents

  • Provide a comfortable, quiet area for homework to be done, with a desk/table on which to work. A good amount of your daughter’s homework may include researching information and having access to a laptop and the internet is important.

  • With your daughter, put aside/plan a set time for homework.  Encourage your daughter to complete the homework the night it is set.  This ensures that work is not rushed and gives the student to see her teacher if she has any difficulties with the work BEFORE the due date.

  • Check your daughter’s Student Planner regularly to see if homework is being set and noted down correctly.

  • Sign the Student Planner each week.

  • Monitor homework being done - take an interest, discuss work, offer help and advice when needed.  

  • Inform your daughter’s Form Tutor if you have any concerns as either too much or too little homework is being set.

3. Types of Homework

Homework tasks should be set to reflect ongoing class work across the curriculum. The list below is not exhaustive. Homework can take the form of:  

  • A specific self-contained exercise or task, based on previous class work.  

  • Further examples of tasks undertaken in class and designed to reinforce what has been learned

  • Completing work begun in class  

  • Reviewing, and, if appropriate, memorising what has been learned in class  

  • Follow-up work to assessment, ensuring that the student learns from errors  

  • An extended task or project, spanning several weeks  

  • Researching at home or in libraries using a variety of sources including ICT  

  • Revising and preparing for tests / examinations

4. Supporting HW and learning outside of lessons

  • We offer KS3 HW club for students who require additional support.  This can be arranged via the Inclusion department or through the Head of Year 7 and 8.

  • At KS4 we provide Study Prep from 7.30am to 8.30am Tuesday to Friday and from 3.30pm to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday.  This is a silent space where students have access to Chromebooks and are expected to study independently.

  • Students in KS3 will  be provided with a 100% sheet for each subject and this should be used to revise and consolidate learning.  This can be used by students to support their learning in class and to supplement HW provided by teachers. These are available on our website.  100% sheets are being rolled out across the school and many subjects already have the for all students.

  • Our website contains links and references resources for students to extend their learning outside of lessons.

KS3 Homework Minimum Expectations

Timings are approximate and will vary from student to students and from one assignment to another

Homework Minimum Expectations

Year 7: KS3

Year 8: KS3

Citizenship or Learning Pathways

1 per week: 30mins

3 per half-term: 40mins

Creative Arts (Art & DT)

2 per half-term: 30mins

2 per half-term: 30mins

English

1 per week: 30mins

1 per week: 40mins

Geography

2 per half-term: 40mins

1 per fortnight: 30mins

History

2 per half-term: 30mins

1 per fortnight: 40mins

ICT & Computing

1 per half-term: 30mins

1 per half-term: 30mins

Modern Languages

2 per week: 20mins

2 per week: 20mins

Performing Art (Drama & Music)

2 per half-term: 30mins

2 per half-term: 30mins

Religious Education

1 per fortnight: 30mins

1 per fortnight: 40mins

30mins

40mins

Science

2 per half-term: 30mins

1 per fortnight: 40mins

 

KS4 Homework Minimum Expectations

Timings are approximate and will vary from student to students and from one assignment to another

Minimum Homework Expectations

Year 9: KS3

Year 10: KS3

Year 11: KS3

Citizenship

3 per half-term: 45mins

   

Creative Arts (Art & DT)

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

English

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

Geography

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

Health & Social Care

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

History

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

ICT & Computing

1 per half term: 30mins

1 per half term: 30mins

1 per half term: 30mins

Modern Languages (French & Spanish)

2 per week: 30mins

2 per week: 60mins

2 per week: 60mins

Performing Art (Drama & Music)

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 50mins

1 per week: 60mins

Religious Studies

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

Science

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

Sociology

1 per week: 40mins

1 per week: 60mins

1 per week: 60mins

 

KS5 Homework Minimum Expectations

KS5 students should be engaging in 3 hours of homework per A Level per week