In addition to the 25 hours of learning pupils engage with as part of their timetabled lessons; we as a school emphasise the additional valued learning that continues beyond these hours.
The vast majority of boys will be engaged in extra curricula activities during the week (sometimes referred to as "Period 6") and at weekends. In addition to these there is an expectation that boys will be completing homework as directed by their subject teachers.
Homework is any work or activity which pupils are asked to do outside lesson time, either on their own, or with parents or carers.
The purpose of homework
- To encourage pupils to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for adult life.
- To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding.
- To extend school learning, for example through additional reading.
- To enable pupils to devote time to particular demands such as GCSE examinations or project work.
- To support the home/school relationship.
The school does not have a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. However there is an expectation that
- At KS3 pupils will receive one half hour of homework for every two hours taught in a subject
- At KS4 pupils will receive one hour of homework for each subject taught
These timings are the minimum expected time your son should spend on each homework. Please encourage him to invest the appropriate effort and energy in its completion.
This translates as pupils at KS3 receiving approximately four and half hours per week. Pupils at KS4 should expect a homework workload of between seven and eight hours per week.
Pupils will need to learn to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening. Pupils should record the details of any homework set by their class teacher, including the minimum time they should spend on the homework, in their planners. If homework is not completed, it will carry one behaviour point
In addition to the formal homework set by class teachers as appropriate, to help consolidate learning;
ALL pupils at KS3 are expected to access the additional homework areas in our core subject areas;
Year 7 and 8 pupils are expected to access online resources called i-progress and MyMaths. All pupils are given a username and password in year 7 and can access the resources from home. This allows the pupils to set themselves assessments on the topics they have been covering in lessons. Instant feedback is given and pupils are able to replay any questions that they have answered. The results are displayed in a report which allows the pupils and teachers to evaluate the level at which they are working at. MyMaths contains a number of resources to help reinforce learning from the lesson and help the pupils revise for tests. The resources include tutorials, homework and maths games.
Literacy supports all learning. ALL pupils should have a private reader and aim to read for at least one hour a week.
My progress file. This innovative resource enables the development of skills in self-assessment, target-setting, recording progress and effective personal presentation. The website allows any pupil to explore and recognise their own skills, achievements, learning styles and helps to prepare them for Pathways and Post-16 progression. The system includes an Individual Learning Plan, which provides a flexible system for the learner to record and plan their progression and an e-portfolio - "my webpage".
To set up an account visit www.myprogressfile.com and enter the username: westhill and password: we1209. This will allow a pupil to have their own personal, password-protected account, where they can record information about all aspects of personal development.
ALL pupils at KS4 are expected to be preparing materials to help prepare for internal/external assessments throughout their time in Y10/11. This can be linked to SAM learning activities or similar as well as revision materials as directed by subject teachers.
These are critical to ensuring each pupil can maximise their chances for progression. Each pupil will have a personal expectation in terms of progress and these will have been explained by their subject teachers.
Not only can they be monitored by staff but parents too can feel secure that their son never should be in a position of having "no homework"