Homework
Homework is an essential aspect of the learning process and is key to our pupils success.

Each pupil throughout the school is given a School Contact Book (“Llyfr Cyswllt”) and homework is regularly set. The pupil should enter the details of the homework in the School Contact Book on every occasion. This enables parents to monitor and check that the homework is done conscientiously. The book is an important link between the school and the home.

The school’s policy regarding homework is linked with the requirements of the National Curriculum and the GCSE examinations with the emphasis on independent study using the necessary skills. Consequently the homework tasks may vary; written homework is not the only type of homework that is set. Reading, research, learning, discussion and watching certain television programmes are equally important as well as practical tasks, and all contribute towards the learning process.

This is the amount of time that we expect the majority of pupils to spend on their homework during an ordinary week:

KS3 - 30-50 minutes for each subject - 8-12 hours per week.
KS4 - 1-2 hours for each subject - 15-20 hours per week.
KS5 - 5-7 hours for each subject - 25 hours per week. (Including non-contact lessons)

(For core subjects double the number of hours for each subject)

Objectives of Setting Homework

1. To use study time at home in order to complement school-based work and challenge for all pupils. The time spent in school isn’t enough to enable pupils to learn everything required to ensure success; homework enables them to confirm and extend their subject knowledge and skills.

2. To encourage all pupils to develop the skill of working independently.

3. Develop research skills, prioritising and information selection.

4. Develop the skills of self discipline and time management.

5. Enable the teacher to assess pupils’ understanding of the subject and to assess the effectiveness of the teaching methods.

6. Confirm knowledge gained during a lesson.

7. Provide a natural extension of class-based work so that pupils can see a natural progression in their work.

 
GUIDELINES FOR PUPILS


1. Homework is set in order to ensure that pupils can succeed in school. Lesson time is insufficient and so homework must be done to ensure this success.

2. Completing homework is an important indicator – it shows that you can work independently and have organisational skills. Pupils that don’t do their homework do not learn to be independent workers and do not learn these organisational skills.

3. All homework must be recorded in your Llyfr Cyswllt.

4. Homework should be completed and presented on the correct date.

5. All homework should be complete and should be presented neatly.

6. All work, be it learning, research, reading or observing, should be done correctly and thoroughly.

7. Every effort should be made to make sure that homework tasks include the correct terminology and spellings, i.e. you should use a dictionary whilst doing your homework.

 

GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS


1. Children should be encouraged to do their homework regularly.

2. The Llyfr Cyswllt should be referred to often to see if homework has been set, and to see if teachers have made any comments. We ask that you sign the Llyfr Cyswllt weekly. If you have any queries, we ask that you note your concerns in the Llyfr Cyswllt – form teachers read the Llyfr Cyswllt regularly.

3. A suitable area for each child to work is essential – desk, chair, light, dictionary and silence.

4. The School Handbook has recommendations for length of homework for different year groups. We ask that you encourage your child to work for regular intervals in order to ensure progress. If there is no obvious homework, then you are asked to encourage your child to read or revise.

5. You are very welcome to discuss homework with your child; however, we ask that parents remember that the homework is work for the child to complete.