At NHTS we believe homework is an essential part of students’ learning experience and will be used to reinforce, consolidate and extend the learning that takes place in school.
Homework allows students to take ownership of their learning and encourages them to develop the skills of independent learning. This will support with the confidence and the motivation needed to study effectively on their own and help students to prepare for examinations and further study in the future. It also provides opportunities for parents and carers to play an active role in their children’s education, to be involved in the management of their children’s learning and to be kept informed about the work their child is doing in school. We ask that (where possible) parents/carers support home working and provide a calm working environment at home.
Homework is on Class Charts
All homework will be added to Class Charts. The App should be used to monitor and support homework completion. Each student has been provided with login details to access homework that has been set and to forward any completed materials to their teacher.
There is an expectation that a minimum requirement of:
- KS3 = 30-45 minutes per subject per fortnight.
- KS4 = 45-60 minutes per subject per fortnight.
This will vary slightly dependent upon the subject and the number of hours studied during the two-week timetable.
The Four Strands of Homework
At North Huddersfield Trust School, the four main strands of homework are identified as:
This provides students with the opportunity to engage and discover experiences with the future goal of creating social mobility and create citizens that add social value and positive community impact.
Tasks will promote ‘Personal Development’ and allow children to learn skills and realise talents, develop character and resilience, and learn about British values, diversity and mental health & well-being. Activities may include research about a university, to watch an opera or to create a new set of British values.
Revision and retrieval
The increased coverage and depth of knowledge required of students means that homework is a very useful tool to develop and undertake revision.
These activities should provide pupils with the opportunity to plug learning gaps, address common misconceptions and re-cover difficult content. This may take the form of note taking, mind-mapping or flash cards.
Literacy & oracy
Literacy, oracy, and wider reading will be developed through homework. Where/when appropriate, departments will guide pupils to specific texts that will support comprehension, grammar, and literacy skills.
Pupils may be provided with the reading materials or guided to websites. Tasks may include a summary of the texts, learning a text for future class discussion or debate and/or reading related to a specific assessment. Pupils may also be asked to share their learning with carers or family members, prep for presentations or study great speakers.
Breadth and depth
Homework at NHTS will allow pupils do develop breadth and depth relating to each faculty area. This will support students in developing knowledge and understanding of content outside of the National Curriculum. This will support students in gaining a wider knowledge and developing an interest love of the subject.
Activities may include research relating to a recent global event, watching a news broadcast or to research an opposing view/opinion to the learning undertaken in class. E.g., climate change is not created by humans.