Across key stage 3 (years 7 and 8), our approach to homework at Sedgefield Community College involves a number of homework tasks being set to students each half-term via our school learning platform FROG. This method of setting homework tasks was adopted after extensive consultation with students and parents who indicated that they would welcome the ability to access information about homework from home, at any time. An important function of year 7 and 8 homework is to support students to develop the skills of managing their own time and prioritising tasks. As well as this, we also hope that each homework task can be something that enthuses and excites students and offers something that is a little different to what might be taking place in school.
Some key points to make about the way in which homework is set to students in years 7 and 8 are:
- The school provides deadline dates for submission of homework tasks and a schedule of which subject areas will be setting homework each half-term via student planners and also the learning platform.
- We will ensure that the new homework tasks for each new half-term are available via the learning platform at the start of each half-term.
- We will ensure teachers take time to set and explain homework tasks in lessons.
- We will ensure work submitted is returned to students with feedback within two school weeks of the deadline date for submission.
- We will reward students who submit excellent homework.
In order to help students to manage their time in meeting homework deadlines, they may wish to use this document to plan which pieces of homework they will be working on and when
In years 9, 10 and 11, the approach to setting homework is different and this is a reflection of the huge variety of courses and qualifications that students study. As necessary, homework tasks will be set in class and specific deadlines will be set for these. However, within the Learning Platform (FROG), a wide range of revision and extension materials are available for all KS4 subjects and these are once again accessible in school or at home.
It is important to note that our KS4 students are studying for courses where a large element of the qualification is awarded through exams at the end of Y11 and it does make ongoing revision of the work that is done in class vital. Students who believe that they will be able to start their revision at some point in Y11 will be overwhelmed by the volume of what they have to learn and starting revision from the first day in Y9 will avoid this! Our students in Y9, Y10 and Y11 always have revision that they are able to undertake on FROG…whatever one or two might try to tell their parents!
Homework @ SCC – Reading
In addition to the homework tasks set through each subject area, we also believe that students should read regularly at home. The ability to read for understanding is crucial to students if they are to ACHIEVE success in all subject areas.
We would expect students to be reading for at least 30 minutes each evening in years 7 and 8. For students who find reading a particular challenge, this reading should ideally be done alongside a parent, older sibling, etc.
Reading is promoted across all subjects in the school and most notably in English lessons. At KS3, all students do still have lessons in our school library and we’d remind all of our students that there are lots of fantastic books here that you can check out and take home.
As students enter key stage 4, they should continue to read and if they have done so throughout years 7 and 8, the habit of reading and enjoyment of this process will hopefully have been embedded.
Should a parent require advice as to books which may appeal to their child they should not hesitate to contact us and we will provide some guidance.
View Current Homework tasks
Click here to go into FROG and view your current homework tasks.