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  • CROESYCEILIOG SCHOOL HOMEWORK

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    Croesyceiliog School

    PARENTS’ GUIDE TO HOMEWORK

    2016-17

    YEAR 10

    Head of Year: Mrs C Smith

    Pastoral Support Officer: Mrs K Hughes

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    Your child’s Subjects

    During Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) your child studies 3 Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science) as well as 4

    Full Course Optional subjects and 2 Short Course Optional Subjects. Parents might find it helpful to complete

    the table below, to remind themselves of their child’s option choices, before using this booklet.

    Core Subjects: My Childs Optional Subjects:

    English Full Course Option 1.

    Maths Full Course Option 2.

    Science Full Course Option 3.

    Full Course Option 4.

    Short Course Option 1:

    Short Course Option 2:

    What is Homework?

    Homework is the work set regularly by teachers for your child to complete outside the timetabled curriculum.

    Not all homework can be done at home; for some children who find it difficult to work at home, or for some

    tasks that require particular resources that are more readily available in school, it is necessary or desirable for

    homework tasks to be completed in school.

    The aims of Homework in Years 10 & 11

    1. To enable your child to develop the independent study skills needed to help them to become effective

    independent and self-directed learners. These include the skills associated with personal organisation,

    research, planning, time-management, self-discipline and meeting deadlines.

    2. To give your child the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning

    3. To enable parents to engage effectively in support of their child’s learning

    4. To enable your child to consolidate and extend work covered in class

    5. To enable your child to contribute work completed outside the classroom to their portfolio’s for Essential

    Skills Wales and the Welsh Baccalaureate where appropriate

    6. To enable your child to access resources not available in the classroom or in school

    How much Homework will your child be set and by which subjects?

    Families are advised, wherever possible, to take family holidays during the school holidays. Your child will

    therefore not normally be set Homework to complete during school holiday time. However, your child may

    need to complete revision for tests and examinations during some of their school holidays, as advised by their

    teachers. The table below sets out (for Years 10 & 11) the recommended time that your child should spend on

    homework and also clarifies which subjects will be setting Homework for your child to complete.

    Subjects Recommended time per 2 week cycle (Hours)

    Years 10 & 11

    English 1.5

    Maths 1.5

    Science 1.5

    4 Full Course Optional Subjects 4 x 1.5 = 6.0

    2 Short Course Optional Subjects 2 x 0.75 = 1.5

    Total per cycle 12.0

    Written homework is not normally set for Work Skills or Compulsory PE at Key Stage 4

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    What sort of tasks will your child be expected to complete?

    Examples of tasks that your child’s teachers might set include:

     Independent Learning Projects (ILPs) lasting several weeks

     Consolidation of work completed in class

     Writing up/recording activities completed in class

     Further practice of skills/techniques covered in class – learning by doing/repeating

     Completion of BTEC (and other vocational course) assignments

     Completion of past examination questions

     Memorising vocabulary for Modern Foreign Languages and Welsh

     Memorising spellings

     Research

     Reading

     Drawing/making

     Using ICT where there is an outcome for the teacher to mark

    Responsibilities

    1. The role of your child

     To listen carefully to homework instructions in class

     To copy instructions relating to homework tasks and deadline dates into their planner

     To ensure that homework is completed and handed in by the deadline

     To attempt all homework and try their best

     To inform their class teacher before the deadline of any difficulties

    2. The role of parents/carers

    You have the key role in ensuring that homework is completed on time and to a good standard. It is first

    and foremost the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child completes all Homework set by the

    deadlines and to the best of their ability. You can best support your child in relation to homework by:

     Providing a table and chair in a quiet space where your child can work effectively.

     Helping your child (without doing it for them) to plan their private study time to ensure that the

    workload resulting from Homework is spread across time so that overloading on certain days is

    avoided. This is an important skill for your child to develop.

     Ensuring that outside clubs/interest/activities do not have a negative effect on the quality of

    homework produced by your child, or put your child under unnecessary pressure. Homework should

    come first.

     Ensuring that your child completes all their homework and hands it in by the deadline.

     Checking the time spent by your child on individual homework activities.

     Checking the presentation and content of all homework being returned to school and helping

    (without doing it for them) your child to improve their work.

     Signing your child’s planner each week.

     Contacting the school in relation to any problems relating to Homework. For general Homework

    issues you should contact your child’s Head of Year. For subject specific Homework issues, you should

    contact the person named at the bottom of the relevant subject’s page in this Guide.

     Ensuring that your child promptly copies up and completes all work missed due to absence.

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    3. The role of the subject teacher

     To set your child homework in-line with the plan detailed on their subjects page within this Guide

     To set your child a clear deadline for each homework task and issue reminders

     To ensure that your child understands what they need to do to complete their homework successfully

     To provide help and support to your child

     To mark and return all homework promptly

     To communicate any problems in relation to homework, particularly the missing of deadlines,

    promptly to you via your child’s planner

     To evaluate and grade your child’s ‘Attitude to Homework’ for inclusion in your child’s Progress

    Checks (twice a year) and Profile Report (once a year)

    In addition to Homework set by teachers, what other work should your child be completing at home?

    Homework set by teachers is not the only study that your child should be completing at home. In addition,

    your child should also be regularly spending some time on self-directed independent study, which should

    include:

     Copying up and completing work missed due to absence.

     General reading for pleasure to develop literacy skills and specific subject related reading to develop

    interest and knowledge.

     Reading newspapers and watching news, current affairs and documentary type programmes.

     Sorting and organising their files and folders of work.

     Reviewing and learning lesson notes to reduce dependency on last minute revision prior to tests and

    exams. Retention of knowledge and understanding is more effective if your child learns their notes

    regularly as they go along throughout the year, rather than leaving this task until the period just prior to a

    test or exam.

     Revision activities in preparation for tests and examinations, particularly mock and external examinations.

    Teachers will advise your child on how to revise effectively at home and provide revision materials as

    appropriate. Your child will need to spend extended amounts of time undertaking revision activities at

    home, particularly in the period prior to tests and examinations. Revision at home of this type would not

    normally be classed as Homework (as defined at the start of this guide). Inevitably, your child will have to

    complete some of their revision during their school holidays.

    Homework Policy

    The School has adopted a Homework Policy, which is available on the School Website or via request

    directly from the school.

    Individual Subject Homework Plans

    Each subject has an individual Homework Plan

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