At Washwood Heath Academy, no pupil can say that they have no homework
Homework is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement. Not all homework is done at home; in fact, for some pupils who find it hard to work at home, it is necessary or desirable to carry out the task at school. The Information Centre is available for homework study from 3:00-4:30pm each day.
Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops pupils’ study skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. Homework helps to build pupil resilience and independence, and helps pupils to consolidate their learning by reinforcing key aspects of the curriculum.
All pupils are expected to do homework each evening. It will comprise of some or all of the following:
❶ Memorising Knowledge Organisers
❷ Reading (at least 20 minutes each evening)
❸ Other work set by the class teacher
Knowledge organisers are one page, split into sections, distilling the core knowledge for a given unit for pupils. All pupils have a knowledge book folder labelled with their name in which to keep their Knowledge Organisers for each subject. The number of Knowledge Organisers in this knowledge book folder will increase as the academic year progresses. Teachers will inform pupils of the section of the Knowledge Organiser they need to learn each week and pupils then self-quiz to commit this information to their long-term memory. To self-quiz, pupils simply need to learn key terms, concepts or information from their knowledge organiser and write them from memory. Skills school and non-examined Btec courses will set KO homework less frequently.
To check what is happening with homework and retention from the self-quizzing, teachers will set a short ‘high stakes’ quiz the following lesson on the same material. Pupils who perform weakly are targeted by their teachers in later lessons to ensure they catch up with their peers, this may be in the form of repeating quiz questions pupils performed weakly in in future ‘low stakes’ quizzes. Teachers will expect to see evidence of self-quizzing in books.
All pupils are expected to spend 20 minutes a day carrying out wider reading. There is a wide range of books and resources available in the information centre for pupils to loan.
Other work set by the class teacher
Pupils may be set other homework activities by their class teacher as appropriate in supporting them with their learning.
In Key Stage 5 pupils will be set 4 hours of: additional homework, independent study and/or wider reading in addition to their self-quiz study for each subject.
How is homework recorded and communicated to parents?
Homework will be recorded on Show My Homework. All pupils and parents have log ins for Show My Homework in order to monitor and track homework set. Parents are encouraged to check Show My Homework but are advised that any communication with school regarding homework should be made via Head of House or Guidance Manager. Reading will not be set on SMHW, this is an expectation for all pupils each night.