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Homework and Independent Learning

Homework guidelines

Homework is an essential part of learning. It helps students to consolidate what they have done; it gives them a chance to prepare for work to come, and helps them to develop independent study skills.

All homework will be set on Frog. For those students without internet access, it will also be written into planners, and hard copy resources will be provided.

KS3 (Y7, Y8 & Y9)

Subject

Time allocation for H/W per week

Subject

Time allocation for H/W per week

English

30 mins PLYS 30 mins Accelerated Reading (Y7 & Y8)
30 mins PLUS 30 mins Reading (Y9)

MFL

30 mins

Maths

30 mins

DT

30 mins (fortnightly)

Science

30 mins

Art

1 homework per half term

Geography

45 – 60 mins (fortnightly)

ICT

30 mins (fortnightly)

History

Drama and Music

1 homework per term

RE

30 mins (fortnightly)

 

 

*Drama, PE, and Music will not set formal homework at KS3

KS4 (Y10 & Y11)

Subject

Time allocation for H/W per week

Subject

Time allocation for H/W per week

English

60 mins

RE

45 mins

Maths

60 mins

Option Subjects

60 mins

Science

60 mins

BSSS

60 mins (fortnightly)


KS5

Homework is essential at Key Stage 5 to foster effective independent learning. In line with the Departmental Checklist in the Sixth Form Teaching and Learning policy, homework should be set regularly, with a general expectation that a formal piece of assessed work will be set each week in each subject, above and beyond wider reading, research and lesson preparation. Course delivery should be planned to encourage students to conduct 5 hours of study outside of lessons. This assessed piece of homework must be marked and returned within a week and, when applicable, be marked according to AS/A2 examination criteria to inform most accurately on progress. 

Homework Projects
Some homework may take the form of project work.  All HW projects will be accompanied by a guide (for students and parents) on how to complete the project.

Quality
All homework should be completed to the very best of the student’s ability. Students can expect to have to re-do incomplete or substandard homework in a detention at the discretion of the individual department.

Submission of Homework
Homework must be submitted to the teacher on the day it is due, in a format previously agreed with the teacher. Students must expect to be sanctioned if their homework is late without a note of explanation from a parent or carer.

Expectations of Marking
Following the school Marking Guidance, not all homework will necessarily be marked with written feedback, but all homework will be looked to ensure that it has been completed to the best of the student’s ability.

Powerful Learner Characteristics

When completing homework, students should keep in mind the Oxted Powerful Learner Characteristics: Resilient, Resourceful, Reflective, Collaborative, Courageous, Creative.

The Library

The Library offers a welcoming working environment where students can develop their learning skills. Staffed by two qualified Librarians, it is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm daily, closing at 4.30pm on Fridays. 

The Library has 15 computers for student work and independent research and is complemented by a computer room housing 32 computers for sixth form use. Information folders, newspapers and journals complete the resources and help is always available for students.