Homework at KS4
Homework at Bonus Pastor for Key Stage 4
At Bonus Pastor, we set homework in all our year groups. This ensures that our Key Stage 4 students are using their study time effectively and efficiently to gain the highest grades possible in their GCSEs.
Obviously during lessons, teachers monitor all students’ progress and offer them guidance as the GCSE course develops. Open questions encourage a range of responses and promote students’ creativity. Homework supports and enhances this environment and we aim to set tasks which engage and challenge students to progress and achieve. Homework also;
- consolidates students learning and understanding of topics
- enhances students literacy and numeracy skills as they practice them in different contexts
- increases student confidence in using different methods of research
- encourage students to fact check, and to check their work for errors
- develops student confidence in presenting information in a variety of formats
- gives students the opportunity to explore ideas and areas of interest
- allows students to devote more of their energies and imagination to each subject in turn
For each homework task, students will receive clear instructions (copied into their planner), or a task sheet (in their subject book) or a separate booklet. Stimulus material can also provide students with a context for learning.
Tasks will be staged over one week or longer, and will include a variety of activities, including:
- work related to coursework
- reading for information
- collecting evidence
- interpreting and analysing
- designing and creating
- extended writing
- the use of different media and technologies
- evaluation and celebration.
Students will be given opportunities to acquire and practice study skills. The homework task may be linked to learning already done in lessons or as preparation for an upcoming area of study. Extension tasks will be provided to challenge gifted and talented students to enhance their learning further.
Whilst homework at Key Stage 3 gives our students the skills and discipline for learning, homework in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) begins to have significantly more impact upon students' educational achievements.
Homework set will focus on key skills and concepts which will be necessary to successfully complete the GCSE course the student has chosen. As the course progresses, more work will focus on the exams, particularly in the form of preparation for controlled assessments. Some of the homework will be linked directly to coursework which will have a significant impact on the final examination mark. It is important therefore, that good habits are developed within the home to ensure that each student progresses and achieves. It is expected that students will spend approximately 45 minutes on each subject area in Year 9, 50 minutes in Year 10 and an hour in Year 11. We encourage our students to work in a quiet environment away from distractions and if possible in an area set aside for their learning.
It is important to note, that homework for many subjects, particularly in Year 10 and 11 may be on-going over a number of weeks, - especially where projects and preparation for controlled assessments are concerned. It is important you are aware of any on-going homework which has been set and understand that it is the responsibility of your son or daughter to spend dedicated time on this each week.
On average, each student is expected to work on two subjects per night. These subjects will be dictated by the individual nature of each student's timetable.
You can see a fully detailed timetable of the
homework set by following the links on the left.
Students may be given extra homework tasks which are not timetabled above. These may be tasks for individual students or set across a whole class or year group. These could include:
- College and External exam preparation / GCSE Coursework
- Tasks to catch up missed work due to absence (This will be undertaken in consultation with Parents/Carers)
- Tasks to consolidate learning and help a student achieve the levels they are capable of.
- Tasks to challenge and inspire gifted and talented students.
- Tasks which will help students to progress in a specific area
If students find they have completed their homework faster than the time allocated, they will be expected to review and consolidate their learning through revision in preparation for exams.
Marking and Criteria of Homework
For most subjects, teachers will mark, assess and return work as soon as they are able.
The criteria for assessment will be clear and shared with students and parents. Completed homework will be assessed by the teacher and in some cases by students themselves (Peer Assessment). Comments from the teacher could include
- the grade the work would be awarded within the GCSE framework
- constructive criticism,
- areas for improvement and development
- requests for redrafting and/or resubmission
- comments on achievement and progress
These comments will be written in books or delivered orally.
Students’ homework will be monitored by the Heads of Department in each subject area. We will let you know promptly if your son or daughter fails to submit tasks, or submits work to an unacceptable standard, by letter or by email if you are signed up to ParentMail2.
We appreciate your support in ensuring that your son or daughter submits all homework on time and to the standard of quality that you know your child is capable of.