At Glyn School, we believe homework is an essential part of learning. It has huge potential to support our students in being able to ‘know, remember, understand and do more’. It plays a crucial role in supporting students on their journey to independence and being able to self-regulate their own learning.
Homework is set with a clear purpose, referencing one of the following three themes:
The nature of the homework tasks set will vary significantly between subjects, year groups and topics. However, research suggests the most effective tasks are: frequent, short and focused on knowledge, which is integrated into lessons.
One homework, which will be set for all students, across all subjects, is self-quizzing. This is where students use resources (such as Knowledge Organisers), to practise retrieving knowledge of facts, concepts and processes from memory. Students can rehearse and reinforce core knowledge by self-quizzing what they ‘know, remember, understand and can do’. This will ensure they are fluent in the core building blocks of the curriculum, which are essential to succeed. This model of homework allows us to support students’ learning in the long term. Students can practise self-quizzing in their exercise books, on lined paper or on Google Suite documents, depending on what has been set by their teacher.
Teachers will support student self-quizzing by modelling what it looks like in each subject. They may use some generic self-quizzing techniques, which are shown in these teacher walk through videos. In these walk through videos, teachers model how to self-quiz through a variety of tasks such as, making flashcards, using the look - cover - write - check approach and creating mindmaps, which you can also refer to when supporting your child with their self-quizzing homework. There are further self-quizzing techniques, which can be found in our Homework Policy appendix.
Homework is integrated into our curriculum planning and the frequency of setting homework is determined by each Faculty/Subject to best suit their curriculum at each Key Stage, which is listed below:
To support students' independent learning at KS5, the following applies:
- At KS5, students should reinforce every hour of learning in the classroom with an hour of independent study. This may be directed by a teacher as preparation for/consolidation of learning homework. But if no homework is set in a lesson, then students at KS5 must spend their independent learning time allocated to that hour in class on self-directed tasks, such as the ones featured in Appendix 2 in the Homework Policy, which can be found here.
Homework Setting and Submitting:
Homework is set via the Google Classroom platform. Google Classroom will enable you and your child to see any assignments set for Homework. These will be set as an assignment with a title that indicates that it is a homework assignment, rather than a classwork task. Homework may be completed on Chromebooks in a Google Suite document or as a hard copy, as specified by the teacher.
Once the student has completed the piece of homework on or before the due date set, they will need to log on to their Google Classroom and ‘submit’ their work. This will signify to the teacher that the homework has been completed. The following link provides a ‘how to’ guide to support students with their homework submission and this will be shared with all students. Parents and Carers can become the guardians of their child’s Google Classroom and receive summaries of work set and submitted and ongoing deadlines. Please follow this step by step guide on becoming a Google Classroom guardian. Should you experience any difficulties, please email GlynGoogleClassroomsHelp@glynschool.org for set up support.
For further information or to view our Homework Policy, please click on this link.
For more information on how students can become Great Learners please see this digitised document.