One big change from primary to secondary school is homework. You will notice that you get more homework from individual subjects and that you are expected to use your student planner to organise all the work set. Homework is really important because it can help to support what you have learnt in your lessons, extend the work done in lessons or could even be used to help prepare for a lesson. Students that are successful are the ones who complete their homework on time and to the best of their ability.
The year 7 homework timetable for this year is below. The timetable shows how many pieces of work you can expect from each subject over the two week period. Homework should take around 20 minutes for each subject.
|Maths||2 per fortnight|
|English||1 per fortnight|
|Science||2 per fortnight|
|MFL||1 per fortnight|
|PE||1 project a year|
|Music||2 per term|
|Drama||2 per term|
|History||1 per fortnight|
|RS||1 project a year|
|Geography||1 per fortnight|
|Computing and IT||2 per term|
|Art||2 per term|
|Technology||2 per term|
- Write down exactly what you have to do and the deadline. If you are unsure how to complete the task then ask your teacher at the end of the lesson or go back to see them at the end of the day.
- Make sure you take home everything that you need to complete your homework.
- Use your planner at home to check what you have to do.
- Do the homework on the night it is set and then (as long as it is not due the next day) you will have time to ask the teacher if you do not understand something or if you require any further resources.
- Pack your bag the night before school, make sure you have all the equipment you need and all the homework which is due in.
- Set up a routine at home for completing your homework.
- Ensure you have a clear and quiet place to complete your homework.
Leaving homework until the last minute can create problems, for example if you cannot understand what is required or if you get lots of homework to be completed for the following day – also a rushed piece of work is not going to be the best you can do.
Always try to do your homework on the night it is set and if it is a long term project do little and often, a half-term project cannot be completed in one evening.
To help with homework the Resource Centre runs a homework club every night from 3.10pm to 4.00pm. During this hour you will have use of computers, access to the school software for all subjects, the internet, books and magazines as well as the Resource Centre staff to help you complete your homework.
|I didn’t understand it||Where possible do it on the day it is set and if you get stuck go and see your teacher for help or ask a friend. If the work is due the next day, ask your parent or carer for a note.|
My dog ate it
My baby sister ripped it up
|Once completed put your work straight into your school bag and this will help avoid this kind of thing happening. In the unlikely event your dog does eat it or it does get damaged by a younger sibling, we would expect you to complete the work again. Take care with your work and keep it safe. This is not a valid reason.|
|I forgot or did not write it in my planner||All work should be recorded in your planner and this should be checked daily. You must ensure that you are organised. This is not a valid reason.|
|I did it, but left it at home||It is your responsibility to organise yourself. Pack your bag the night before school and make sure you check your planner to ensure all the books and work you require are in there for the next day. This is not a valid reason.|
|I didn’t have the sheet or I lost the sheet||Email your teacher, ask a friend or go and see your teacher if you have time before it is due. This is an organisation issue. This is not a valid reason.|
|My printer wasn’t working||Possible solutions to this are: write the work out (this would depend upon the length), email the work to your teacher or come into school early and print it out in the Resource Centre – if none of these are possible get a note from a parent or carer explaining the situation.|
|I was ill and not in school when the work was set||If you are away when work is set, ask a friend to send you anything you miss or email your teacher to ask them to send you the work. When you’re feeling better you can then catch up. Your teacher will know you were away as they take a register every lesson.|
|Something happened at home with your family||Ask your parent or carer to write you a note explaining the situation.|
If homework is not completed and you do not have a valid reason, there are several sanctions which you may receive:
- Break, lunch or afterschool detention – length will vary depending upon the situation or the frequency of homework not being completed
- Negative behaviour points on your school record
- Form tutor and Head of House informed
- Parents/carers informed by teacher, Form tutor or Head of House