Homework

In general, at Key Stage 3 pupils will be issued with one homework task per week for each subject. This may take the form of individual weekly tasks or a booklet with a variety of tasks set over a number of weeks.

At Key Stage 4 homework may involve weekly set tasks but it may also comprise of work which contributes towards coursework. Pupils will also be required to attend after school classes in year 10 and 11 to support exam preparation and completion of coursework.

Where tasks are set that involve the need for the use of computers or the internet pupils can use school facilities provided through homework clubs either after school or at lunchtime.

Homework deadlines should be recorded in pupils’ planners by the pupil. Teachers can communicate to parents that homework has / has not been completed via comments written in the pupil planner where necessary.

Please see the FHS Homework Policy for more detail.

Homework Overview by Faculty

Communication (English and Foreign Languages)

Key Stage 3

  • English and languages use the Independent Study format for homework activities. Pupils can select tasks from the lists provided or design their own tasks. Pupils are encouraged to read their Accelerated Reading book for at least 30 minutes and complete 30 minutes of ‘Lexia’ or ‘ReadTheory’ online.

Key Stage 4

  • Pupils continue with the Independent Study format and will also be given specific GCSE exam preparation tasks.

Mathematics

Key Stage 3

  • Pupils will be given weekly tasks by the class teacher which may include worksheets to complete, ‘Mathletics’ or ‘MyMaths’ website tasks.

Key Stage 4

  • In addition to the strategies used at KS3 pupils will also be specific GCSE exam preparation tasks, for example past paper questions.

Science and PE

Key Stage 3 Science

  • Pupils will be given a homework booklet at the start of every topic that needs to be completed as part of Independent Study.

Key Stage 4 Science

  • One challenging homework task per week which may include practise GCSE exam questions, research tasks, flipped learning, keywords and revision.

Key Stage 3 PE

  • Pupils will not usually receive homework for PE at KS3.

Key Stage 4 PE / Sport

  • Pupils will receive weekly tasks which may include completion of worksheets, Independent Study tasks, coursework tasks, revision.

Technology (Design Technology, Engineering, IT, Computing, Business Studies)

Key Stage 3

  • Tasks are in the format of termly homework booklets which may include worksheets, research tasks, flipped learning (preparation for the lesson), subject specific keyword spellings and meanings.

Key Stage 4

  • One challenging homework task per week which may include practise exam questions, research tasks, flipped learning, keywords, revision, coursework completion.

For Computer Science Flipped learning, all year 9 to 11 students have an account for https://courses.exa.foundation that they can access in school and at home. Pupils have access to all the computing modules with videos, tutorials, tasks and tests. Each assessment is tracked and graded. Pupils will also be given homework tasks based the current module they are studying from either unit 1 or unit 2 e.g. CPU, Ethics, Software etc. Pupils are set one piece a week or they are encouraged to use their flipped learning accounts to study independently. Pupils are also encouraged to download Python (free download) and practice their programming skills.
GCSE Business and Design Technology also use questions from the CGP revision workbooks. Pupils are encouraged to purchase these books for their own independent study.

Humanities (History, Geography, Sociology)

Key Stage 3

  • Pupils will be given a homework booklet at the start of every topic that needs to be completed as part of Independent Study. Teachers will inform pupils of when certain pieces of homework should completed and when the homework booklet should be handed in.

Key Stage 4

  • One weekly homework task will be set by the class teacher. This will consist of exam questions and consolidation of work that has been completed in lessons. To extend learning, pupils should access the Independent Study exam questions for their subject.

Creative Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Religious Education)

Key Stage 3 Art

  • Pupils will be given an A5 sketchbook with a list of homework tasks to complete each term.  This homework relates to the work pupils are doing in class so pupils should be able to work independently. The date for completion will be recorded on the sheet and pupils have the option of handing work in early. It is suggested that pupils produce one homework per week. They can interpret homework in an interesting and original way and develop ideas to produce extra work.

Key Stage 4 Art

  • Pupils will be expected to work independently and keep sketchbooks up to date. Sketchbooks produced in years 9, 10 and 11 are part of pupils’ coursework and will be entered as part of their GCSE assessment. Teachers will monitor and assess sketchbooks and any unfinished work should be completed for homework. Pupils are encouraged to produce original art, they can produce extra independent work at home to enhance their sketchbooks and improve marks for GCSE.

Key Stage 3 Dance / Music / Performing Arts

  • Pupils will not normally be expected to complete homework for KS3.

Key Stage 4 Dance / Music / Performing Arts

  • Pupils will be expected to complete weekly homework tasks. These will usually be performance / practise as part of after school and lunchtime sessions but will also include theory exam preparation including completion of GCSE past paper questions.

Key Stage 3 Religious Education

  • Pupils complete one project each term relating to the topic which they are studying.

Key Stage 4 Religious Education

  • One challenging homework task per week which may include practise GCSE exam questions, research tasks, flipped learning, keywords and revision.