Homework not only reinforces classroom learning, it helps students to develop skills and attitudes needed for successful learning in the future. It supports the development of independent learning skills, including the habits of enquiry and investigation.
Specific Purposes of Homework:
To raise standards of achievement by
- Allowing practice and consolidation of work done in class.
- Encouraging students to develop good study habits and self-discipline, by students planning and organising their own time.
- Providing teachers with evidence for the evaluation of students’ progress.
- Recording and informing parents and family of the work carried out.
- Extending school learning through additional research, exploiting a wide range of resources.
Homework is different in each year group and is dependent on the different stages of development of our students:
Year 7 is about students settling into life at Culcheth High School, developing structured routines and good learning habits.
Years 8 and 9 nurture our student skills and aim to make them more independent learners as they begin GCSE programmes of study.
Years 10 and 11 homework will be dependent on option choices but will contain a series of structured tasks aimed at maximizing the progress our students make.
For key stage 3 pupils:
- Every student receives a minimum of one piece of written homework per week that lasts 20-30 minutes for the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, and French. In addition, English and Maths should be setting additional homework using ICT/MyMaths. This is regardless of the set/ability of the student.
- Every student receives a minimum of one piece of written homework per fortnight that lasts 20-30 minutes for the following subjects: Spanish, RE, ICT, all Design Technology and Expressive Art rotations.
- PE homework will be set on a regular basis and can either be written or practical.
- All homework should be given a deadline of a minimum 2 school days and maximum 5 school days.
- All homework should reinforce the work studied in class and develop independent study skills
For key stage 4 pupils:
Homework will be set using the above criteria unless subjects are in the middle of controlled assessments etc with the exception that for key stage 4, the time per subject being 30 minutes.
If there are any questions about subject specific homework, please speak to the class teacher or relevant head of department. If there are any general homework questions, please speak to Mr Ben Dugdale, Assistant Headteacher.