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Kettering Science Academy – Homework Rationale and Timetable 2020/21

Rationale:

At Kettering Science Academy we set homework tasks for all our students. All homework will be set on TEAMS and a weekly report will automatically be sent to parents of what has been set and completed.  Parents/carers must ensure email addresses must be up to date. We do this because we believe that it can help students to achieve their potential more fully than if we simply relied on study conducted during the timetabled curriculum.  There is clear evidence that successful students make progress when they embrace homework, and see the clear purpose of the task being set. Through homework students become flexible independent learners able to cope with the demands of a future working life.

‘The impact of homework on learning is consistently positive (leading to an average five months’ additional progress).  However, beneath this average there is a wide variation in potential impact, suggesting that how homework is set is likely to be very important.’  EEF, August 2017

Possible homework tasks that could be set include:

It is recognised that non-written assignments are just as essential and valuable to good learning progress as written tasks. We ask that all HOD integrate knowledge organiser revision as part of the set homework where possible. Possible tasks for homework could include:

  • Knowledge Organiser revision
  • Wider reading and note making
  • Research, including use of Internet, surveys or market research
  • Flipped learning: Prepare work to be completed in class, e.g. read an article, make notes, watch a video and answer questions etc
  • Study and learn notes/vocabulary
  • Drafting and redrafting work
  • Watch or listen to particular TV or radio programmes, record 5 key points
  • Collect information from newspapers etc.
  • Projects for a series of homework’s that are broken down into key success criteria
  • Preparation for presentations
  • Artistic/creative tasks, e.g. the preparation of visual or sound stimulus
  • Practicing skills/concepts learned during the lesson, e.g. exam questions
  • Tasks which involve parents or other adults, e.g. interviews, testing vocabulary
  • An opportunity to provide the teacher with feedback about a topic e.g. notes, report back preparation, self-assessments
  • Revision in preparation for a test or assessment (trialling different revision techniques that have been introduced in tutor/class)
  • Completing online learning tasks

Homework Timetable:

The following timetable is a guide as to the amount of homework students will receive each week and from which subjects.

Kettering Science Academy – Homework Rationale and Timetable 2020/21 

The most effective homework is an “integral part of learning”, rather than an add-on’ (EEF 2017) 

Key Stage 3:

Year 7: 60 minutes per homework for core and 30 minutes for MFL (3.5 hours a week)

Time (minutes)

Subject

60

Maths English Science

30

MFL

Year 8: 50 minutes per homework (4.1 hours a week)

Time (minutes)

Subject

50

Maths English Science MFL Humanities

Year 9: 45 minutes per homework (5.3 hours a week)

Time (minutes)

Subject

40

Maths English Science MFL Humanities Expressive Arts DT

Key Stage 4

Year 10: 40 minutes per homework (6.6 hours a week)

Time (minutes)

Subject

80

Maths English Science

40

Option A Option B Option C Option D

Year 11: 45 minutes per homework (7.8 hours a week)

Time (minutes)

Subject

90

Maths English Science

50

Option A Option B Option C Option D

Key Stage 5:

Minimum homework expected is 4 hours a week per subject, this is in addition to directed independent study.

Sanctions/Rewards

When homework is not completed teachers will record a strike on the Academy system. Any students who complete exceptional pieces of work will be awarded K points.