Homework and Revision

We use various online platforms to support our students with homework and revision.

Website

   

 

ePraise 

 

Instructions

SamLearning

 

Instructions

Seneca

 

Instructions

Hegarty Maths

 

Instructions

 

Revision

The Deanes Promise#5 recognises the importance of working in partnership with students and parents to secure the best possible outcomes for our students. The next few months represent a crucial stage of your child’s education. GCSE exams are imminent, and it is imperative that all parties work together to maximise attainment.

Below are the links to two documents.  The first is our Guide For Parents.  This contains advice for parents and carers about revision.  It also contains details on the examinations. The other document is, primarily, for students.  It contains our recommended Revision Timetables and links to resources. Tutors will be helping the students plan their revision each week.

We hope you find these documents useful.  If you have any feedback on how we can improve these documents, please let me know.

Click here to download our Guide for Parents

Click here to download our Guided Revision for Year 11

Blank Weekly Revision Template

 

Homework

Homework is an integral part of curriculum delivery at The Deanes; it is a planned learning activity that provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Explore and broaden their knowledge of a topic

  • Consolidate their understanding

  • Prepare in advance for a lesson

  • Refine their skills and develop fluency through practice

  • Develop independence and effective study skills.

Research indicates that homework at secondary school has a significant impact on student progress and is one of the most effective ways of reducing the Disadvantage gap (Education Endowment Foundation).

Our approach to homework for Autumn term 2020 has been revised as students and teachers return to school and adjust to new routines. These changes are outlined below:

  • A homework timetable is in place for all subjects and year groups. Students and teachers are required to adhere to this timetable so that workloads are manageable. Teachers may set additional ‘optional’ homework for their subject to provide students with further opportunities to extend their learning.

  • All homework must be setting using Epraise. This enables parents and students to view tasks easily and allows Programme Leaders to quality assure the work that is set

  • Teachers must record all homework submitted using Epraise. This enables parents to support with their child’s learning and for Heads of Year to monitor the engagement of their Year groups.

  • For the first half term, teachers will not set detention for incomplete homework for Year 7 students. This is to assist Year 7 with the transition to secondary school.

  • When planning homework activities, teachers will consider setting activities which limit the amount of work to be directly ‘handed in’ to the teacher for marking. As well as written tasks, effective homework activities can include pre-reading activities, focused research and planning, consolidation activities such as quizzing and mind-mapping, guided independent study using online programs and practicing skills. Where written responses are required, students will be encouraged to submit their work using Epraise.

  • In order to provide specific and timely feedback on homework, teachers will consider alternatives to handwritten comments. Teachers may comment on work using Epraise and immediate feedback can be gained through the use of quizzing and online programs. Consideration will be given to social distancing if verbal feedback is provided to individual students.

  • During a period of closure or the isolation of a ‘bubble’, homework tasks may be integrated into Distance Learning activities or offered as ‘additional practice’. Individual students who are isolating will be set homework along with their peers, although it is recognised that they may be unable to complete this if unwell.

 

The Role of Parents / Carers

Parents and carers play an essential role in their child’s learning and can assist with their homework in the following ways:

  • Use Epraise to check what homework your child has been set; your child may need some support to organise their time in order to meet deadlines.

  • Speak with your child about the homework they have been set and how this links to what they are learning in school.

  • Check your child has completed their homework and encourage them to complete it to the best of their ability.

  • Support your child to develop effective study habits by working in a quiet environment free from distractions such as mobile phones and social media.

  • Encourage your child to ask for help with homework if they need it by speaking with their teachers directly.

  • Contact your child’s Form Tutor via the Student Planner if your child is having difficulties with their homework.

 

Homework timetables

Year 7

Homework will be set weekly for English, Maths and Science and on a fortnightly basis for Humanities and Languages. Performance, Creative, Social Science subjects and ICT will be set on a monthly basis. Whilst individual homework tasks may vary, students are generally expected to dedicate approximately 30 minutes to each piece of homework set.

Week Commencing

Scheduled Homework

 4 January

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Drama, ICT.

 11 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food, PCE.

 18 January

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

 25 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Music, Art.

 1 February

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Drama, ICT.

 8 February

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food, PCE.

 22 February

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

 1 March

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Music, Art.

 8 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Drama, ICT.

 15 March

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food, PCE.

 22 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

 

Year 8

Homework will be set weekly for English, Maths and Science and on a fortnightly basis for Humanities and Languages. Performance, Creative, Social Science subjects and ICT will be set on a monthly basis. Whilst individual homework tasks may vary, students are generally expected to dedicate between 30 – 45 minutes to each piece of homework set.

Week Commencing

Scheduled Homework

4 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food.

11 January

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

18 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Music, Art.

25 January

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Drama, ICT.

1 February

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food.

8 February

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

22 February

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Music, Art.

1 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Drama, ICT.

8 March

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Food.

15 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, Spanish, Technology, RS.

22 March

 English, Maths, Science, History, French, Music, Art.

 

Year 9

Homework will be set weekly for English, Maths and Science and on a fortnightly basis for Humanities and Languages. Homework for Creative Option subjects will be set every three weeks; homework for IT and RS will be set monthly. Whilst individual homework tasks may vary, students are generally expected to dedicate between 45 – 60 minutes to each piece of homework set. 

Week Commencing

Scheduled Homework

4 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option B.

11 January

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, IT, Creative Option C.

18 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option A.

25 January

 English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option B.

1 February

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, IT, Creative Option C.

8 February

 English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option A.

22 February

English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option B.

1 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, IT, Creative Option C.

8 March

English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option A.

15 March

 English, Maths, Science, History, Languages, Creative Option B.

22 March

 English, Maths, Science, Geography, IT, Creative Option C.

 

Year 10

Homework will be set weekly for English, Maths, Science and Option subjects following the schedule below. Whilst individual homework tasks may vary, students are generally expected to dedicate between 45 – 60 minutes on each piece of homework set. In order to further support students to develop their study skills in preparation for their exams, students will be encouraged to engage in guided revision activities at least three times per week. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Subject

Science

English

Maths

Option A

Option D

Subject

Option B

Guided Revision

Option C

Guided Revision

Guided Revision

 

Year 11

Homework will be set weekly for English, Maths, Science and Option subjects following the schedule below. Whilst individual homework tasks may vary, students are generally expected to dedicate approximately 60 minutes to each piece of homework set. In order to further support students to develop their study skills in preparation for their exams, students will be encouraged to engage in guided revision activities at least three times per week.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Subject

Maths

Option D

Science

Option B

English

Subject

Option A

Guided Revision

Option C

Guided Revision

Guided Revision