At Cornelius Vermuyden we strongly believe that homework is an integral part of pupils’ learning journey. Learning should take place in and outside of the classroom and provide pupils with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills set.
We set homework at Cornelius Vermuyden for a number of reasons. These include:
The homework tasks that are set vary according to the year group, subject and scheme of work and may include:
The school does not have a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. Pupils will need to learn to manage their time so that they do some homework each evening. Teachers will ensure that an appropriate amount of time is given to pupils to complete homework. The time devoted to homework should increase as the pupil progresses through the school.
Key Stage 3: Year 7 Homework should take between 30- 45 mins
English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, MFL – at least two pieces per half term. There may be occasional homework in Performing arts and PE. The majority of homework will be linked to the knowledge organisers
Key Stage 3: Year 8 Homework should take between 45 mins- 1 hour
English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, MFL – at least two pieces per half term. There may be occasional homework in Performing arts and PE. The majority of homework will be linked to the knowledge organisers.
Key Stage 3: Year 9 Homework should last one hour
English, Maths and Science, – at least once per week. EBACC subjects including History, Geography and French bi weekly. Foundation subjects including Design and Technology, ICT, and Art – at least two pieces per half term. Wider curriculum subjects – three pieces per rotation. The majority of homework will be linked to the knowledge organisers.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11)
Homework in ALL examined subjects at least once per week between 1 – 1 ½ hours.
Homework is very much a school priority. Therefore it requires a consistent approach across the school. It must be easy for all stakeholders to have an overview of homework as time is very limited. To ensure that everyone meets the homework guidelines set, homework is reviewed regularly on Show my Homework for quality and quantity.
satchel:one is a simple online homework calendar where all the homework a pupil receives will be placed on. The school will be using satchel:one to ensure homework is set and communicated with parents across the school. Teachers, parents and pupils’ can all access satchel:one via the Web, Mobile and Tablet devices.
Homework can be accessed by teachers, pupils and parents in the following ways:
We use knowledge organisers in Year 7, 8 and 9 to improve pupils’ abilities to retain, recall and then apply key information that they will need to be successful in a subject.
A knowledge organiser is a simple, specific, one page summary of the key knowledge of a particular topic. They specify what pupils will need to successfully learn. They can be used to get an overview of a new topic, be referred to during a topic for key points, spellings and meanings. Staff will regularly test pupils on their learning at the start of lessons throughout the year. This means that lesson time will not be wasted delivering content as the pupil already has it and this will free up teaching time to embed and extend learning.
We have drawn on recent educational research to help us better understand how we learn. We understand that learning happens when we connect knowledge in our long term memory. This allows us to understand, store and retrieve it when needed. If knowledge isn’t secured in our long term memory, we need to keep going over it, or think about it a lot, which takes up space in our working (short term) memory. The problem with this is that our working memory is really limited and gets easily overloaded. Our long term memory, however, is thought to be unlimited. The more knowledge we can store in long term memory, the more thinking can be spent learning new things or applying our knowledge to new tasks.
Knowledge Organisers are handed out each half term and are available on the school website to access. The front pages of the Knowledge Organiser explain how to use them and all students have been trained on completing Look, Cover, Write, Check. Each students pink self-quizzing book will be checked by the teacher and signed to say it has been seen.
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