Homework

Regular homework consolidates work done in lessons and helps pupils develop the ability to study indpendently.  It also gives parents 'an oppportunity to' find out more about what their children in are doing in class.

 

Year 7 pupils should expect to approximately 1 hour of homework every week night and the level increases as pupils go through the school.

Year 10 and 11 pupils are expected to take more responsibility for their own studies.  At this stage the way homework is set differs from subject to subject.  For example, pupils may need to plan assignments and use the Internet or libraries to do research as well as doing more traditional homework such as completing coursework.

All pupils have a homework diary.  Parents are asked to sign it once a week.  If parents have any concerns about the amount or tupe of homework set, they may either write a note to the teacher in the diary, asking for a reply, or they may call the school to speak to the teacher.

 

Please note there is a Homework Club currently on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm in the school library. A member of staff will be there to supervise and help pupils.

Every pupil is given their own ICT area. In this they can store finished work as well as work in progress. This area can be remotely accessed from home via the Internet.

 

 

How to help your child succeed with homework

  • Reepham High & College sets homework to help your child consolidate learning in the classroom, to extend that learning and to give students an opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom.  It is an integral part of the learning process
  • Homework set prior to a lesson can aid understanding in class.  Homework also provides opportunities for reinforcement of work learned during school time and for children to develop their research skills.    Children will need to seek information for themselves from reference materials such as books, CD’s, the internet, pupil resources provided by RHSC and information from other adults and by doing so, they are helped along the path to becoming independent learners.
  • Having the responsibility of meeting deadlines promotes self discipline, an attribute that will impact on school work and beyond.
  • Homework makes a massive difference to the learning process.  Students who are successful at GCSE or A Level have developed the independent learning skills to support the learning process.  They are resilient and resourceful, using homework to complement their learning in lessons and to question and develop ideas independently.  It can provide exciting opportunities for student-led learning and creativity.
  • The homework diary provides information on how much homework should typically be completed in each evening.  It provides the means for parents to check what has been set and when this work should be completed.

 

Things parents can do to help their child succeed with homework

  • Provide an environment conducive to getting the work done.  This will typically be a quiet, well lit area in the home with a table or desk. 
  • Provide materials such as paper, pens, glue, scissors etc.  No excuses then for not being able to get started!
  • Eliminate distractions.  This may be the television, music, playstation or a mobile phone.
  • Check the homework diary.  If there appears to be little being recorded, contact school for clarification.
  • Set a regular time for the homework to be completed e.g.  5pm – 7pm.  Students in years 10 and 11 should complete homework and then use the remainder of the time as private study.  They should be using this time for exam preparation such as completing revision cards, posters, mind maps, writing notes and reviewing work or using a revision programme such as GCSE bitesize. 
  • Encourage short breaks.  These can help to remotivate a student who is finding it difficult to concentrate.
  • Be a motivator and monitor.  Students are more successful at homework when their parents take an active interest in their homework.  It shows the children that what they are doing is important.  Give encouragement and check completed homework.  Make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  • Set a good example.  Be supportive by demonstrating your organisational and study skills – this might be seeing you balancing your budget or reading a book. 
  • Help your child to make a plan.  Some homeworks may be set over several weeks.  Planning to break an extended homework (or coursework) into manageable chunks will achieve far more than trying to complete it all the evening before it is due in.
  • Make sure your child does the homework by themselves. Students don’t learn unless they think for themselves and make their own mistakes.  Make suggestions and give directions but don’t do the work for them.
  • Praise their work or efforts.  Display any certificates or postcards sent home from school.  Celebrate any merits they achieve.  Discuss their achievements with relatives.
  • Attend parent evenings.  This will give you an opportunity to discuss homework expectations, any issues that have arisen and how you can help to further support your child.

 

Remember it is perfectly possible to complete a sensible amount of homework and still have lots of time for other activities.