Key Stage 3 Homework
Following a review of KS3 homework and feedback from parents and carers,the school has taken a completely new approach to homework for those pupils in KS3. A team of staff have developed an improved homework strategy and system that:
- focuses on developing literacy and numeracy skills;
- encourages independence and greater parental involvement with homework;
- encourages the development of better presentation skills;
- provides high quality support materials online for pupils and parents;
- gives all pupils the opportunity to achieve at Gold/Silver/Bronze level;
- involves tutors more closely in pupils’ academic progress;
- underpins success at KS4 across all subjects;
- makes absolutely clear what the minimum expectation is for homework.
The new system places emphasis on reading, independence, literacy and numeracy with clear guidelines:
- every pupil is expected to complete a literacy project each term, with clear marking criteria and timelines published for parents and pupils;
- every pupil is expected to complete sections of the mymaths programme – this will continue to be set and monitored by maths teachers;
- department staff may also set other homework when appropriate – e.g. learning MFL vocabulary, preparing for an assessment, or researching information
With regard to the literacy project, each term students will receive one homework project from their tutor (3 per year). For each term’s homework, they will be assessed on their understanding of a book. This book can either be one of the Accelerated Reader books, which they choose through English Library lessons each term, or a book of their choice.
All work, bar the starter activity, should be handwritten to support the development of students’ literacy skills. The starter activity will be a directed task based around student’s use of ICT skills; this is the only task that does not need to be handwritten.
In addition, the school will provide each pupil with a high quality hard backed project book at no cost. Pupils are expected to maintain the highest standards of presentation in these books, and they will need to be replaced at a cost of £5 if they are lost or damaged. Ultimately, this is an opportunity for your son/daughter to produce a creative record of their developing literacy skills, and should be maintained with pride.
Students will have a whole term to complete each literacy project. The key dates are outlined below:
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Homework Opens||4th September|
|Due Date||24th November|
It is suggested that students aim to complete one part of the ‘Menu’ per week, in order to organise their time effectively. Weekly deadlines for each term are set out below:
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Starters||25th September||22nd January||30th April|
|Sides||2nd October||29th January||7th May|
|Drinks||9th October||5th February||14th May|
|Mains||16th October||19th February||21st May|
|Desserts||6th November||26th February||4th June|
|Something Special||13th November||5th March||11th June|
- English groups 1-6 should follow the ‘Hot’ menu as a minimum
- English groups 7-9 should follow the ‘Mild’ menu as a minimum
Tutors are the first point of call if your child is struggling with the homework; however we also have Homework Club on offer, this will run every evening from 3-4pm in the library and will include:
- Help from trained KS4 students
- Resources (glitter, coloured paper etc…) to make project books creative!
- Computers to research and print pictures from
- Rewards for good attendance
We encourage high effort and literacy levels through the KS3 homework project, and have worked hard to create a reward system that honours the time and commitment students have put into their work:
- Kindle raffle for all Gold Effort winners
- Headteacher’s certificate and lunch
- House Leaders letters of recognition
- Fast passes at break times
- Ice cream van passes
- Other opportunities, such as inflatables day
Students are encouraged to show high levels of creativity and presentation, here are some examples of last year’s work: CLICK HERE
Headteacher’s Award Winners – Spring Term 2017
You said… We did…
Following extensive feedback relating to KS3 Homework, we have:
- You said: There is a lack of choice of texts and some texts were too easy/difficult.
- We did: We have now given students a chance to choose an alternative book, either from the library or provided by themselves. This should also be agreed with their tutor. Further, this year, we have now allowed students to use their Accelerated Reader books, as chosen through English Library lessons. During these lessons, students are given guidance on the best books for their reading age, therefore supporting each student individually.
- You said: There is too little guidance with regard to time management and for parents/carers
- We did: We have broken each project into potential mini deadlines to help students to plan their time effectively. A parent guide has also been created in order to support parents/carers and students in the projects.
- You said: There has been inconsistency in tutor feedback.
- We did: We have calendared start dates, due dates, marking periods, and tutor feedback sessions. These will also be published on the website and in the parent guide.
- You said: There is a need for displays to make the projects more ‘high profile’.
- We did: We have created a newly refurbished ‘Reading Room’ and Homework Club now run by the Student Executive team; updated information on the school website, including a gallery of past projects; further developed parent and pupil forums to encourage feedback on the projects; developed displays on the House Leader TVs in the canteen showing ‘Homework of the Week’.
- You said: Clearer rewards were needed to show students potential outcomes.
- We did: We have created a clear rewards system including a kindle raffle for all Gold Effort winners, a Headteacher’s certificate and lunch, and a new element of some peer choice in these recommendations, plus other opportunities such as inflatables day.
- You said: Some pupils did not read books or see the importance of the projects.
- We did: We have included one clear task per project which checks pupils’ understanding of the book they have read. We have also included a skills and SMSC passport to see their skills building across the years. Further, this year, we have streamlined the tasks so that they there is 1 based on study skills and 1 on revision techniques, to support students before going into KS4 and the examination periods.