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Homework

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Homework @ Hodge Hill College

  • There is a two pronged approach to homework for both KS3 and KS4 pupils.
  • All pupils are expected to completed daily independent tasks, with KS3 pupils given a weekly timetable based on selected subjects & KS4 pupils provided with a weekly checklist based on all of their subjects.

The second prong is that all pupils complete activities related to their upcoming assessments in every subject demonstrated in the ‘Homework linked to Assessment’ Grid with resources referred to in the ‘Revision Materials’ column of the grid and found on Home Access Plus.

 

Benefits of Independent Study;

  • Importance for pupil’s future;
  • Preparing them for future education where they will have to carry out independent research.
  • Providing opportunities for practice, preparation, and extension work.
  • Assisting in the development of a range of intellectual skills.
  • Assist in the development of generic skills by providing opportunities for individualised work.
  • Fostering initiative and independence.
  • Developing skills in using libraries and other learning resources.
  • Training pupils in planning and organising time.
  • Developing good habits and self-discipline.

 

 

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Key Stage 3

  • All pupils should be completing daily at least one hour of additional independent study such as MathsWatch alongside their normal school day. 
  • Pupils are expected to read at least 20 books across the whole year.  There is a list of 20 Must-Read books for each year available on the school website and all of these books are also available in our library.
  • There are a variety of tasks that pupils can be doing and there is a weekly timetable (see below) recommending activities that should be done for Years 7-9.
  • These independent activities should be done in collaboration with the assessment preparation which provides students with tasks and advice that will enable them to achieve their very best in their assessments for each subject.

 Key Stage 3 Weekly Activity Timetables

 

Year 7 Independent Learning

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekends

Maths

Science

French

English

History/Geography

Maths, Science & English

 

Year 8 Independent Learning

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekends

French

English

History/Geography

Science

Maths

Maths, Science & English

 

Year 9 Independent Learning

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekends

History/Geography

French

Science

Maths

English

Maths, Science & English

 

Subject

Weekly Activity

Maths

·         MathsWatch

·         SuperMathsWorld

·         Khan Academy

·         Cool Math

English

·         Reading (Refer to 20 Must Read books)

·         Revise and retain technical vocabulary

·         Watch revision videos on ‘YouTube’ such as ‘Mr Bruff’

·         Read an article on the BBC news website, or in a newspaper.

Science

·         Science Revision Cards

·         Kerboodle

·         Revision PowerPoints

French

·         Learn the key vocab and practise listening and pronunciation by repeating.

·         Use www.linguascope.com  to play games to practise and consolidate the key vocab (see your teacher for the password).

·         Watch ‘You Tube’ clips of French (cover) songs - try to find examples with the lyrics. Look out for key words and cognates.

History

·         Independent research on the topic currently being studied in class – you could potentially make you own revision cards and ask someone from home to test you.

·         Create a fact-file on a historical figure which you have been looking at in class – show your teacher

·         https://www.tutor2u.net/history/blog/gcse-history-revision-quizzes - this web address contains a number of quizzes based on the GCSE topics which we teach in class.

Geography

·         Find a cartoon online which illustrates your current topic.

·         Name a country which starts with each letter of the alphabet.

·         Watch news round on world issues online.

·         Read https://www.theguardian.com/world/natural-disasters a weekly disaster.

·         Google famous explorers and find out what they found where they went and how they got there.

·         Make a Kahoot quiz for your class mates.

·         Make revision power point with music.

·         Use the Wordle program to make a word cloud of key words from your current topic.

  

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Key Stage 4

  • Pupils should be completing daily activities such as MathsWatch or reading as outlined in the revision checklist (see below) for Year 10 and 11 alongside their normal school day.
  • They should also be revising for their option and core subjects using revision notes made in class, the revision guides as provided by the school and any other relevant material. 
  • Key Stage 4 pupils should pay attention to the upcoming assessments as shown and be completing the provided tasks to enable them to achieve the very best in these assessments.

                                                                                                           

Key Stage 4 Weekly Checklist of Daily Activities

 

  • MathsWatch/ SuperMathsWorld/ Khan Academy
  • Science Revision Cards/ Kerboodle
  • Option Subject*
  • Independent Reading (Refer to 20 Must Read Books for your Year)
  • Option Subject*

 

*Key Stage 4 Options Homework Weekly Activities

History

These option subjects will provide relevant activities which the Key Stage 4 pupils can complete weekly to help them progress in that subject e.g. vocabulary lists, links to revision websites and several other tasks.

An example with one subject is found underneath.

Geography

R.E.

French

Business Studies

Drama

Health & Social Care

BTEC PE

Music

3D Design

Art

Photography

Textiles

Computer Science

 

R.E.

*     Learn key words from key rings or cards

*     Learn key Source of Authority  quotes from cards

*     Use revision cards – get someone to test you on key points

*     Make your own revision cards after each unit

*   Use BBC Bitesize (Year 10 -Islam, Y11 Christianity):      http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f

 

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Examples of Homework Linked to Assessment (Relevant for KS3 & KS4)

French AU01

Assessment Type & Information

Date

Weighting towards DC02

Useful Guidance

Revision Materials

·         Speaking

AU01

50%

·         In order to access the highest grade you will need to be able to discuss in detail;

v  Your opinions on sports.

v  How often you do sports.

v  What sports you are going to do in the future.

·         You will not have your book in this assessment therefore you will need to memorise your work.

·         Learn words from the following vocab lists:

-          Year 8 AU01 Hobbies Vocab List 1

-          Year 8 AU01 Vocab List 2

-          Year 8 AU01 Hobbies Adjectives Vocab List

-          Year 8 3 Tense Opinions Vocab List

-          Year 8 Connectives Vocab List

-          Year 8 Intensifiers Vocab List

·         Use dictation websites such as ‘www.ttsreader.com’ to listen to how words should be pronounced.

·         Watch authentic videos such as news clips to hear how French people speak and improve your own pronunciation accordingly. (Refer to the daily activities for links).

·         Practise your speaking with someone else to improve your spontaneity.

 

 

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Tips for Parents

  • Set up a homework-friendly area.Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies such as paper and pens within reach.
  • Can you see what your child is doing? It is independent study however to monitor distractions you should be able to regularly check that your child is completing the work.
  • Schedule a regular study time; Pupils will work better at different times so ensure you know when this is as children respond positively to routine.
  • Help them plan; if your child has a particularly heavy homework evening encourage your child to break up the work into manageable chunks and take time for a 15 minute break every hour if possible.
  • If providing your child with a snack; ensure that it’s ‘brain food’ such as water and fruit which keeps the brain hydrated and working to its maximum. Sugary snacks may provide a temporary ‘high’ but in the long term will also disrupt concentration and lower the capabilities of key skills such as forming new memories (and therefore work).
  • Keep distractions to a minimum; Completing independent study without interruptions such as the TV, loud music or mobile phones will ensure that the time doing the work is better spent.
  • Make sure kids do their own work; Pupils sometimes need to make mistakes to learn and this should be encouraged to build up the vital soft skill of resilience.
  • Motivate and monitor; Ask your child about what they’re doing. Give encouragement, check completed tasks and be available for questions and comments.
  • Praise their work and efforts; Achievement is the biggest motivator.

  

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