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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 as found on ‘Foldr’. Pupils log in using their individual details, and they will be able to find revision materials and activities related to their current study.  In order to help students make the most of the resources, there are also ‘how to use’ guides available which provide useful techniques and advice.

How to access Foldr

 

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 Homework Weekly Activities
Maths
  • Mr Barton Maths GCSE Takeaway
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Khan Academy
  • Cool Math
  • SuperMathsWorld
Missbsresources.com
English

Literature:

  • Re-read texts
  • Memorise quotations
  • Watch revision videos on ‘YouTube’ such as ‘Mr Bruff’
  • Practice PEAL* paragraphs based on exam questions
  • Revise and retain technical vocabulary

 

Language:

  • Revise formulas and timings for each question
  • Revise and retain technical vocabulary and complex vocabulary
  • Read widely – newspapers, websites, books to gain understanding of language, form, structure and context
Practice spoken presentation
Science
  • Kerboodle homework
  • Required Practical homework tasks.
  • Revision PowerPoints
Revision cards.
History
  • Creating revision cards – think about the topics which you have studied in class during your last lesson. What can you remember? Write these down in a Question and Answer format. You can then ask someone at home to test you on the content.

 

Geography
  • Use activities and resources on the schools revision page.
  • Identify a story in the national news with a geographic theme e.g. immigration, and write a tweet of 150 words.
    • Visit http://www.coolgeography.co.uk and do their activities.
    • Add each new key word to your key ring.
    • Underline in red, and write them again in the margin, all key words.
    • Do an online past paper.
    Try a new revision game like RED PEN BLACK PEN.
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
French
  • Use www.linguascope.com to complete activities and play games to practise the key vocab (see your teacher for the password).
  • Listen to news bulletins on www.tv5monde.com or www.fr.euronews.com
  • Watch You Tube clips of French (cover) songs - try to find examples with the lyrics.
  • Use your keyring to revise and practise key grammar points.
  • Download and practise with the GCSE French app.
  • Complete at least one task per week in the workbook for the current topic. (Answers can be self-checked AFTER completion!)
Use www.cgpbooks.co.uk/extras  and your revision guide (enter the code from the first page) to consolidate the topics being covered in class.
Business Studies
Drama
  • Ensure you are going over key words, completing any research requirements and working to the schedule timeline you put in place with your group.
  • Rehearsals (see timetables outside drama classrooms)
  • Access www.digitaltheatreplus.com using login details provided by teacher.
Health and Social Care
  • Looking at case studies.
  • Health magazines
  • Links to assignment briefs
  • Links to key programmes
  • Question papers – linking to the topic
  • Linking up image and key words
Music
  • Complete 15-20 minutes of practice on your instrument (or voice) daily and complete a rehearsal log afterwards linking what you worked on to your SMART targets
  • Complete individual research on the Britain’s Got Talent format or make notes on your ideas for Hodge Hill’s Got Talent to bring to the next meeting
  • Make sure you have completed all action points for Unit 2 from the last meeting
  • Revise notes from Unit 1 lessons on the music industry in preparation for the exam
  • Go on https://icould.com/ and type in the careers we have studied in Unit 1 lessons, watch any videos similar or related to those careers and make notes on how they got into that job role, their qualifications, their responsibilities and any other interesting information
3D Design/Art/Photography
  • Practise improving your illustrations at home.
Research famous designers, artists and photographers and compare them to each other. What makes their work famous so distinctive and well known?  What techniques do they apply?
Computer Science
  • Codecademy: students will be provided with login details to complete the Python and Advanced Python modules. Progress will be monitored on a weekly basis.
  • Flip Learning: students are provided with a daily flip learning task to prepare for the next lesson in advance of learning. This provided at the end of the previous lesson and can be viewed on the website.
  • Keyword revision: revision materials are provided to students electronically through a personalised link.
Examination papers: past papers and examination questions will be published through a web link through which students should complete a minimum of one page of examination questions per week.

 

 

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Examples of KS4 How to use Guides

 

Assessment Resources How to use resources
Topic 1: School School Vocab Lists & Generic KS4 Resources

§  These vocabulary lists can be used in all topics and are crucial in advancing the content and quality of your work.

Read. Say. Cover. Write. Check.

§  Read the words/phrases out loud.

§  Cover the answer.

§  Write down what you can remember from the answer on a piece of paper or whiteboard.

§  Check your answer against the answer on the list.

Repeat until you are confident in memorising the words/phrases.
School PowerPoints

§  Work your way through the PowerPoints to recap important vocabulary required within this topic.

§  Complete the exercises within the lessons e.g. gap-fills and mix and match activities to practise the vocabulary.

Make notes on the key aspects e.g. vocabulary and grammar points.

 

Assessment Resources How to use resources
Assessment 1 – Earth’s Atmosphere Topic 1 Revision cards, https://www.my-gcsescience.com/my-account/ - Chemistry of the atmosphere videos,  AQA Chemistry Atmosphere Keyword Terms placemat, Assessment 1 Revision PPT,

Topic 1 Revision Cards – read through and try to memorise the answers. Then ask someone to test you on random questions. Any that you get wrong make a note of and go back over these topics.

Chemistry of the atmosphere videos – watch the video clip and make notes on key points. Read through your notes and then ask someone to test you on random questions. Any that you get wrong make a note of and go back over these topics.

AQA Chemistry Keyword placemat – read through and learn the meaning of the keywords. Then ask someone to test you on random questions. Complete the exam questions beneath the video and check answers against the mark scheme. Any that you get wrong make a note of and go back over these topics.

Assessment 1 Revision PPT – Complete the revision quiz activities using your notes from class or revision guides to help you answer the questions.

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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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