At Rayner Stephens we look at homework as an opportunity to enrich the learning of our students and believe it is a valuable learning tool which also prepares our students for the demands that they may face later on in life. Homework is intended to be beneficial for students by broadening, consolidating and mastering the learning achieved within school time, laying the foundation for future self-supported independent practice, and promoting the home/school partnership.

Students’ knowledge and understanding is promoted through the publication of 'knowledge organisers' for each student in every subject termly. These will inform students and families exactly what knowledge the students need to acquire and understand as the building blocks of learning for that term. They are shared with students in lessons and are also on the school website.

 

Commitment to homework will be evident in students' mastery of that knowledge and understanding and their response to teacher feedback in lessons. This will be reported on termly, for each student in the form of a grade 1-4 for their attitude to homework.

  • Exceptional = Students consistently go above and beyond to complete homework set, on time, to a high standard.
  • Pleasing = Students consistently complete homework set, on time, to a high standard.
  • Inconsistent = Students do not consistently complete homework set, on time, to a high standard.
  • Disappointing = Students repeatedly do not complete homework set.

Homework supports student development in variety of ways:

  1. It can support students to make more rapid progress in learning.
  2. It promotes independent learning. This way of working is vital at all stages of secondary education and will prepare them for the demands of independent revision for assessments and ultimately GCSE exams.
  3. It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom.
  4. It can allow students to use materials and other sources of information or experiences that are not always available in the classroom.
  5. It can involve parents, carers and others in the student’s work for their mutual benefit.
  6. It can give students valuable experience of working to deadlines.
  7. It can support students’ self-esteem and allow confidence to build. 
  8. It may have links to knowledge organisers to support the retention of knowledge into the long-term memory.

 

How We Set Homework

Whole school policy dictates that homework tasks set should satisfy three clear aims:

  1. Develop effective independent learning habits;
  2. Improve students' knowledge and understanding (fluency) as the building blocks of learning in all subjects;
  3. Enhance students' literacy and numeracy.

 

Staff will inform students of homework set in lessons and provide the necessary support and resources. This is then supported by the setting of homework through the Class Charts platform. Parents and carers can access the details of the tasks set, how long should be spent on the task and when the task should be completed by. Resources can also be uploaded by staff and accessed by both students and their families. Submission of completed homework is also tracked.

Students’ independent learning habits will be promoted through the homework tasks set on Class Charts and the direct link to the knowledge organisers. This long-term approach to independent study becomes habitual and the same strategies are embedded in all students by the time they do external examinations in Year 11. All parents and carers can access their child’s homework record via Class Charts. Teaching staff will record for each student whether the work was;

  • Submitted
  • Submitted Late
  • Not Submitted

When homework culminates in a low-level quiz, teachers may select ‘not submitted’ to illustrate where there was a lack of commitment in preparation which is reflected in the score/result achieved.

 

All students should:

Students will not be issued with planners;

  • Locate and use the termly knowledge organisers on the school website;
  • Log on to their school email account daily to check for shared resources and messages from staff;
  • Use the independent practice skills, set out below, to improve knowledge and understanding across the curriculum;
  • Read regularly and widely including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as newspapers, magazines, online articles etc.

 

All Parents and Carers should:

  • Ensure they have used their login code to set up their Class Charts account www.classcharts.com/parent/login ;
  • Log on daily to Class Charts and check the homework that has been set;
  • Encourage the completion of homework tasks every day and support the development of effective study habits;
  • Ensure that reading is promoted and valued at home;
  • Support students in acquiring factual knowledge and sound understanding of subject content by discussing academic progress at home;
  • Use the subject knowledge organisers to check for understanding in preparation for tests and assessments at school.

 

Homework Frequency

At KS3, the minimum homework students should be set by their subject teacher is below. This will also be supported by the opportunity to become involved in the enrichment opportunities offered within school. Health and Wellbeing homework will be set in Year 9 only.

Subject

Frequency per 2-week cycle

Subject

Frequency per 2 week cycle

English

2

History

1

Maths

2

Geography

1

Science

2

Computing

1

MFL

2

Design Technology

1

Art

1

Food, Music, Drama

1

RS

1

Health and Wellbeing

1 (Theory based)

Year 9 only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At KS4, the minimum homework should be set by their subject teacher is below.

Subject

Frequency per 2 week cycle

Subject

Frequency per 2 week cycle

English

3

Option A

2

Maths

3

Option B

2

Science

3

Option C

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

In PSHE no homework will be set.

Each homework task will include guidance regarding how much time students should take to complete the activity set.

Given the importance of homework to students’ education, it is necessary for it to be monitored, supported, rewarded and enforced when necessary. Students will be rewarded when they complete tasks set. If a student persistently fails to complete the homework activities to the best of their ability they will receive consequences according to the school’s procedures and families will be made aware via Class Charts.

 

Rayner Stephens High School provide opportunities for students to work in the ASPIRE Centre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:55 -3:55pm if they need a quiet space or want some help with their learning.

Students should be working proactively to address their learning gaps, go back through their class notes, create resources for revision and build their long-term memory through regular testing and quizzing. The provision of knowledge organisers and strategies students can deploy at home means there are lots of opportunities for students to develop effective habits.

 

Proactive Study

We also have the following resources to support students’;

  • ACTIVE LEARN (KS3 and KS4 MFL)

Active Learn is a web-based learning platform that includes key course content to support learner knowledge and understanding.

  • BBC BITESIZE (KS3 and KS4 Subjects)

BBC Bitesize is a free web based interactive learning platform that combines theory, video clips and both KS3 and GCSE course content with low stakes testing to help learners remember more.

  • EDUCAKE  (Science)

Educake allows teaching staff to set learners a range of personalised learning and assessment tasks to complete.

  • MATHSWATCH (Maths)

MathsWatch allows teaching staff to set learners a range of personalised learning and assessment tasks to complete.

  • OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY (KS3 and KS4 Subjects)

Oak National Academy provides learners with access to a web-based learning platform in a range of subjects at both KS3 and KS4 delivered by subject specialists to support learner knowledge and understanding.

  • SENECA ONLINE LEARNING: (KS4 Business, Computer Science, Science, MFL, History)

Seneca Online Learning provides learners with free access to a web based interactive learning platform which combines lots of gifs / memes / video clips GCSE course content with lots of low stakes questioning to help learners remember more.

  • TEACH ICT (KS3 and KS4 Computing/Computer Science)

Teach ICT provides learners with access to a web-based learning platform including key course content to support learner knowledge and understanding. Learners will be provided with a username and password to access resources.

  • MEMRISE (KS3 and KS4 MFL)

Memrise is a free online learning platform to support learner knowledge and understanding of foreign languages.

  • QUIZLET (KS3 and KS4 Subjects)

Quizlet provides learners with free access to a range of science backed study tools in a range of subject areas to support knowledge and understanding of key concepts.