Homework enables students to enhance their learning and develop independent study skills. It helps to consolidate, reinforce and extend knowledge and understanding developed in the classroom and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. The school fully recognises the importance of the setting of thoughtful and challenging homework tasks and students’ engagement with them.
Students may be set a wide variety of homework tasks, including:
Show My Homework (SMHW)
In order to help students organise their homework effectively, the school subscribes to an online homework planner called Show My Homework. Students can see exactly what homework tasks have been set and how many days they have left to complete them. They will also be able to download associated resources if they have lost the original.
Students have login details to create and access their own accounts, but can still access the basic information should they forget their usernames or passwords.
As a parent you will have your own account, which allows you to see what homework has been set. Show My Homework is also available as an app for both Android and iOS.
Students who are unable to access the internet at home are welcome to make use of the facilities in school.
To get started, visit chippingnortonschool.showmyhomework.co.uk and enter your PIN.
How Much Homework Will Students Get?
The amount of homework and independent study which students will get will vary from day to day. Show My Homework will help them to organise their time and to prioritise tasks. As a guide, each year group should expect the following:
Year 7: 1 to 1.25 hours per day
Year 8: 1.5 hours per day
Year 9: 1.5 to 2 hours per day
GCSE: 2 to 3 hours per day
A Level: 5 hours per subject per week
Students receive feedback about their homework in a variety of ways. Teacher assessment may involve marks, a comment or advice on what could be improved. Homework may be marked by students themselves, or by other students, as part of self and peer marking strategies. This will help students to gain deeper understanding of what good answers look like and how marks are allocated, giving them a better understanding of how to improve.
Expectations of students
· ensure that brief details of homework and deadlines are recorded in their student planners
check SMHW every day
complete the homework set to the best of their ability
ask for help if they don’t understand
ensure that the work is handed in on time
make up work missed by absence
How parents can help
establish a routine for when homework should be done
ensure your child has a comfortable place to work with as few distractions as possible
try to ensure that homework is done on the night it is set to prevent a backlog of work
help with organising their space, resources and time
The School Library provides study facilities after school from 3.05 to 4.15 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and until 3.45 on Friday. The School Librarian is on hand to help, supported on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by Learning Support Assistants. Computer facilities are also available, and are particularly useful for students who do not have computer access at home.
Sixth Form students are welcome to study in the Sixth Form Centre every day until 6.00pm. They must sign in so that caretakers are aware of who is on the premises.