Oak Wood School believes that homework is an integral part of the learning process of pupils and sixth form students. It also believes that it is a way in which pupils and sixth form students, staff and parents can work together to support pupil progress.
The purpose of homework is to
- Provide opportunities for pupils and sixth form students to work independently and to take responsibility for organising their work
- Help pupils and sixth form students recognise the link between good study habits and higher standards of achievement
- Check that pupils and sixth form students have understood class work
- Consolidate or extend work covered in school
- Prepare for future lessons
- Give time for more extensive coverage of the curriculum, through integrated planning of class work and homework
- Make more effective use of lessons by focusing on those activities, which require more direct teaching, with other tasks, not dependent on the teacher, being set for homework
- Improve pupils and sixth form students’ attitudes to learning
- Improve pupils and sixth form students’ organisational and study skills
- Raise the standard of achievement
- Help parents understand what their children are learning in school and to encourage them to participate in that learning
Homework will be set regularly and planned specifically to reinforce and extend pupils and sixth form students understanding. Homework will not be set for the sake of it, but instead should link to work that is currently being studied, review work that has been completed (retrieval practice, interleaving) or introduce work that will be looked at in the future (flipped learning).
We expect that our pupils and sixth form students will complete both formal homework, which is set by the teacher and then collected in and marked, and informal homework, work that a pupil or sixth form student will need to do reviewing the learning that they have been involved in during the day, such as completing a question that they did not finish, organising the work that they have done, or re-reading something that they are not sure about.
Amount of Homework
Pupils will need to learn to manage their time as they will need to complete homework each evening. The time devoted to homework should increase as the pupil progresses through the school. As a guide, pupils and sixth form students should spend the following amount of time on homework per evening:
- Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8 and 9) Minimum 1 hour per day
- Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) Minimum 1.5 to 2 hours per day
Key Stage 3 – Amount per subject per week
- One piece of homework per week from Core Subjects - English, Maths & Science
- One piece of homework per week from History, Geography & MFL
- One piece of homework every other week from ICT, RE, Design Technology, Art and Music
Key Stage 4 – Amount per subject per week
- Two pieces of homework per week from Core Subjects - English, Maths & Science
- One piece of homework per week from Option Subjects
Key Stage 5 – Amount per subject per week
- A minimum of 1 hour of private study per lesson taught each week
- Completing subject specific ‘Directed Independent Study Checklists’
At Oak Wood School we use ‘Teams’ to set and monitor homework activities and share resources with our pupils and sixth form students. It is a great resource that allows all homework to be tracked and communicated with parents, pupils and sixth form students. All homework set will be shared on this platform and parents will be notified of homework that is due via Edulink.
Each pupil and sixth form student have a login so they can see what work needs to be completed from any internet enabled device. The login details are the same as those needed to log in to the school’s network. Each subject class has their own Team, where assignments and quizzes can be set and resources uploaded.