“Homework is not an optional extra, but an essential part of a good education.” – 1999 White Paper, Excellence in Schools

At Longbenton High School, we believe that homework should reinforce and extend learning for our students. Through setting homework regularly, we hope to encourage independent learning, forge a strong partnership between home and school and help our students to fulfil their potential.  Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum and contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement and ensuring students take an active lead in, and show responsibility for, their own learning. Homework is an essential part of the curriculum offered to our students and we want to work with you to ensure that the importance of homework is seen by both students and parents.

The role of the parent is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework and we would ask parents to take an active interest in all aspects of their child’s learning including through homework.  Parental support and positive feedback gives children the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement. We ask that parents sign their child’s planner on a weekly basis which should show the specific tasks that have been set by teachers to correspond to this homework schedule. This will also be checked and signed by form tutors.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it may be necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school. Our Learning Resource Centre provides facilities and staff support for students to do homework at lunchtime and at the end of the normal school day should students prefer to use the facilities in school to complete work set.

Homework enables students to:

Consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities.

Access resources not available in the classroom.

Develop research skills.

Have an opportunity for independent work.

Show progress and understanding.

Provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching.

To enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self discipline.

To take ownership and responsibility for learning.

Engage parental cooperation and support.

Create channels for home school dialogue.

Responsibilities

The role of the student:

To listen to homework instructions in class.

To copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the student planner.

To ensure that homework is completed and handed in to meet the deadline.

To attempt all work and give their best.

To inform the class teacher of any difficulties.

The role of the form tutor:

To include homework in student mentoring where appropriate.

To see that homework is being set and recorded.

To check that the planner is being signed by the parent/guardian.

To note and respond to any comments written in planners by parents.

The role of the Class Teacher:

The class teacher controls the direction of homework and the nature of tasks undertaken.

The class teacher will:

Set homework according to the timetable.

Provide the stimulus.

Give full and comprehensive instructions.

Set deadlines for completed work and ensure that they are met.

Assess and return all homework promptly.

Provide help and support.

Inform the Curriculum Leader, Form Tutor and Year Leader, as appropriate, when problems arise.

The role of the parents

· Have a designated place for where your child completes their homework at home

· Help keep a routine for your child when he comes to do homework.

· Praise and encourage your child to help boost his confidence.

· Refrain from completing your child's homework for them.

· Ask your child about his homework and sign their planner.

· Use the library.                                                       

· Encourage your child to use the after-school homework club in the School Library / LRC.

· Don't get stressed out by homework - if you are, your child will be too. If there is an issue please contact us.

Homework Schedule for KS3

At Longbenton, we believe that homework should reinforce and extend learning for our students. Through setting homework regularly, we hope to encourage independent learning, forge a strong partnership between home and school and help our students to fulfil their potential.  Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum and contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement and ensuring students take an active lead in, and show responsibility for, their own learning. Homework is an essential part of the curriculum offered to our students and we want to work with you to ensure that the importance of homework is seen by both students and parents. 

In order to give greater clarity over our expectations for the completion of homework we are now publishing a homework schedule in advance so that students and parents know what to expect.  Broadly speaking the style of homework set will rotate on a fortnightly basis. In one of the weeks students will be given 3 hours of ‘core’ work to do across those subjects.  For pupils in Year 8 taking Spanish they will also be set homework for that subject during the ‘core’ homework week. In the alternate week subjects will take turns to set project tasks to complete which means concentrating on just one subject, or task, for that week to do work in depth and the task will take about 3 hours.

The role of the parent is crucial if a child is to gain success from homework and we would ask parents to take an active interest in all aspects of their child’s learning including through homework.  Parental support and positive feedback gives children the confidence to persevere, work hard and reach high standards of achievement. We ask that parents sign their child’s planner on a weekly basis which should show the specific tasks that have been set by teachers to correspond to this homework schedule. This will also be checked and signed by form tutors.

Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources (books, software, equipment) more readily available at school, it may be necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school. Our Learning Resource Centre provides facilities and staff support for students to do homework at lunchtime and at the end of the normal school day should students prefer to use the facilities in school to complete work set.

 

Homework Timetable for KS3 2018 / 19

W / B

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

10th Sept

History

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

English, Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

17th Sept

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

DT

Option A

24th Sept

Geography

English

Option B

1st Oct

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

History

Option C

8th Oct

English

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

15th Oct

Food

IT

Geography

22nd Oct

IT

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

English, Maths, Science &  MFL

Half Term

5th Nov

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

English

History

12th Nov

DT

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

English, Maths, Science & RE

19th Nov

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

Food

IT

26th Nov

History

Geography

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

3rd Dec

English

Spanish

Option A

10th Dec

Geography

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

Option B

17th Dec

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

DT

Option C

Christmas

7th Jan

History

Geography

English, Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

14th Jan

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

IT

Option A

21st Jan

English

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

English, Maths, Science & MFL

28th Jan

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

History

Option B

4th Feb

Geography

English

English, Maths, Science & MFL

11th Feb

DT

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

Geography

Half term

25th Feb

IT

Food

English, Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

4th Mar

English

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

History

11th Mar

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

Geography

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

18th Mar

Food

History

IT

25th Mar

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

Option C 

1st Apr

Geography

English

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

Easter Holiday

22nd Apr

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

History

English, Maths, Science, MFL & RE

29th Apr

English

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

Geography

6th May

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

English

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

13th May

Food

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

History

20th May

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

IT

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

Half Term Break 

3rd June

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

English

English, Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

10th June

IT

Maths, Science, MFL  & RE

Geography

17th June

History

Food

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

24th June

DT

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

History

1st July

English

Geography

IT

8th July

Maths, Science, MFL  & Art

DT

English, Maths, Science & MFL 

 

KS4 Homework

Homework will be regularly in all option subjects as well as English, Maths and Science. In some subjects such as Maths this will take the form of discrete, regular tasks but in some subjects this may take the form of an extended piece of writing or coursework done over a number of weeks.