At Pittville School all students are expected to undertake homework on a regular basis to consolidate the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in a lesson; provide opportunities for further investigation; research in preparation for new topics and to support the development of independent learning skills. As an integral part of the curriculum it is planned and prepared alongside all other programmes of learning.
The amount of homework set will vary according to the needs of the subject and the age of the student. The DfE recommends that in years 7 and 8 homework should take anything from 45 to 90 minutes daily while for years 9 to 11, between 1 to 2½ ours daily. As guidance, we suggest 1 hour daily for students in Key Stage 3 and 2 hours daily for Years 10 and 11, though obviously a degree of flexibility must be allowed. The quality, purposefulness and challenge of a task are more important than the length of time it takes to complete.
There are many and varied forms of effective homework tasks, some of which may not always involve producing a written piece of work. Homework tasks could include:
- Written tasks
- Research tasks
- Revision or learning
- Reading forward and flipped learning
- Quizzes and tests
- Practising past papers
- Learning spelling and vocabulary
- Project work
- Planning or preparing
While most subjects set homework each week, some, particularly practical subjects, set homework each half term. All homework is set using Show My Homework – more information about this system is available in the resources section on this page or there is a link to Show My Homework on the home page of this website or direct at https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk/login