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Homework

At St Mary’s, we believe that homework tasks, that are regular and varied, encourage all pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to become independent and life-long learners.

We believe that homework is important because:

  • it consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding developed at school
  • it extends school learning, for example through additional reading and research
  • it encourages the involvement of parents and carers in pupils learning and keeps them informed about the work they are doing.

All pupils are issued with a Student Journal which is checked regularly by their Form Tutor and must be signed by the parents at the end of every week. The Student Journal is also a valuable means of communication between parents and the School, particularly on matters relating to work and progress.

All homework set at St Mary's can be found on ‘Show My Homework’

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How to support your child with their homework

  • Ensure all distractions are removed (mobile phones, game consoles).
  • Make sure that all homework is completed in a quiet space where focus is enabled.
  • Consider when is an appropriate time to complete homework.
  • Discuss the homework set with your child.
  • Make sure they understand it and complete it to a good standard.
  • Ask your child questions about their homework - this allows you to assess their understanding.
  • Encourage your child to do further research around homework topics.

 

Regularity of homework

  • In Key Stage 3 the homework set by each subject should last approximately 30-60 minutes per piece unless stated otherwise.
  • In Key Stage 4 the homework set by each subject should last approximately 45-60 minutes per piece unless stated otherwise.

Frequency of Homework

 Subject  Key Stage 3 - How often?  Key Stages 4 - How often?
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Studies
 Once every week  Twice every week
  • Art & Design
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
Once every week (or as part of an extended project)  Twice every week

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