Homework

At Orchard Mead Academy we believe that homework is an important way to consolidate what we have learnt during the school day. Our homework is rooted in educational research, and we strive to ensure that our actions are based on the latest, relevant research to support learning. According to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) the regularly setting of appropriately challenging and well considered homework can add up to five additional month’s progress per academic year.

The purpose of homework at Orchard Mead Academy is to support the work being done in lessons and to enhance pupils’ understanding of key aspects of the subjects we teach. We value our subject experts and so subject leaders strive to create homework that is relevant to their curriculum and supports the specific knowledge and skills of each subject discipline.

How is homework set?

At GCSE your child’s homework is determined by the subject leader of the subjects they have continued to study. Most subjects set weekly homework. At Key Stage 3, your child’s teacher will set homework in line with the homework calendar:

 

How can I help my child with their homework?

  • Check when homework is being set online so that you support your child to take responsibility for completing their homework
  • Help your child to revise the core knowledge in each subject. Knowledge Organisers are a useful tool for helping you understand what content your child is learning in all their subjects. KS3 have this all-in-one place, KS4 will be given their option subject KOs by their teacher
  • Support them in understanding when is a good time to do their homework, for example on straight after school on the day the homework is set
  • Ensure that they have frequent breaks and healthy snacks
  • Support a love of reading. Ask your child about the books they are reading in school or ask about the books they’ve enjoyed the most

 

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