We believe that homework is a very important part of the learning process. At Broadstone Middle we strive to nurture mature and independent learners who will not only demonstrate such skills at school in a supported environment, but continue developing these skills after the school day is over. The purpose of homework at Broadstone Middle is:-
- A chance to consolidate and extend learning that happened during the school day/week in a variety of subjects
- An opportunity to complete further research on a subject/topic in order to develop independent skills in research and build on an inquisitive mind – broaden and enrich learning, so that learners can go beyond the limits of the school timetable
- A life building skill in responsibility, self-motivation, perseverance, organisation, keeping to deadlines, completing work to a good standard and organising time outside of school in order to complete homework
- To enable parents to be involved with their child’s learning and education, and to be better informed of what their child is doing in school
- To continue/finish work started in class if/when appropriate
Homework can be defined as being supported or independent work/tasks which are undertaken outside of the curriculum time which reinforces, enriches and/or extends learning.
Expectations of Homework set:-
- Homework tasks are communicated clearly with parents through the home school link books, ‘Show my homework’ (a website which will be launching in January – see below for details) and the school website (expectations, deadlines, how to complete homework etc)
- Homework is celebrated and rewarded through the school’s Vivo reward system
- Members of staff are available to explain homework further if the learner requires – the learners are encouraged to independently ask in plenty of time of the deadline
- Staff members will ensure that tasks set are appropriate for the learners (needs and abilities)
Expectation for homework:-
- Homework is completed and handed in on time
- Learners are responsible for completing the homework to a high standard and handing it in by the deadline date
- The appropriate amount of time is spent on completing homework – learners should NOT spend any longer on homework than the specified time unless they wish.
- Parents are supportive of homework, ensuring the homework is completed and handed in on time, supporting and encouraging their child, ensuring a suitable environment in which to work
- Parents who are unable to support their child with homework, encourages their child to attend ‘Homework’ club which is currently on three times a week after school with a member of staff.
What Parents can do to help:-
- Provide a quiet area where your child can work. It is helpful to switch off the TV to aid concentration.
- Offer your help and support for younger children to complete tasks.
- Expect older children to work independently, but make it clear that you are there if needed.
- Encourage your child to complete homework on the day set, as the task will have just been explained. If they leave it until the day before it is due in, they may find that they need resources that they do not have to hand. The setting of homework several days in advance enables children to develop skills in organising their time. Younger children will need your support in moving towards this.
- Check your child’s Home School Learning Diary regularly.
- Take an interest in the homework and encourage your child to take a pride in the presentation of written tasks. Work should be handwritten by your child in pencil or a suitable handwriting pen, unless directed otherwise by your child’s class teacher.
Range of possible homework tasks:-
- Speaking and listening activities
- Spelling and word investigations
- Book reviews
- Reading comprehension
- Independent research
- Practical maths investigations
- Collecting items linked to a theme
- Skills practice across a range of areas
- Data collection
- Educational games (e.g. Mathletics)
Show My Homework
Show my homework is an online homework management system which BMS will be using from January 2017. The website acts as an online diary for students, reminding them of homework tasks and due dates. It also gives out reminders which can be sent to both learners and parents via mobile technologies and homework tasks are uploaded by teachers, completed by learners and then reloaded back onto the website for marking and feedback. It is a system that is already being used successfully by our Feeder school Corfe Hills.
Showcase Day – humanities homework:-
In order to show that we value homework completed by the learners of Broadstone Middle School, we have created ‘showcase days’, a day allocated at the end of each term in which homework must be bought in, shared and celebrated with peers, other year groups in school, and indeed the wider school community (Governors and Senior Leaders) and local community wherever appropriate. The Humanities homework will be celebrated in this way. The Deadline dates shown below are the showcase days.
Home School Link books:-
Home School Link books are essential in supporting learners with the organisation of homework. Books are checked on a weekly basis by Form tutors who sign once they have checked homework is being recorded and deadlines written.
Expectations by Key Stage:-
KS2 homework (30+ mins per subject area)
Reading – Reading at least for 20-30 minutes per week. Learners get the opportunity to visit the school library to pick books to read and change on a weekly basis.
Spellings – 15-20 spellings based on the Year 5/6 key word list which can be found by visiting www.gov.uk – English Appendix 1. The children are tested on spellings weekly based on a particular pattern/theme which is based on the learning in class.
Grammar/ punctuation – One piece of grammar or punctuation work based on the week’s learning is to be completed each week.
Maths – A weekly task related to learning. This may take the form of a worksheet or may take the form of a more practical activity.
KS3 Homework (45+ mins per subject area)
English – Reading (at least 40 mins per week) and completion of three tasks related to the book being read (learners choose from 6). Parents are expected to sign each week to confirm the amount of time spent reading.
Maths – Weekly task related to learning. This may come in the form of a worksheet or may take the form of a more practical activity.
Science – Fortnightly task based around current learning.
Humanities (History/Geography/RP) – Each Term there will be a homework task based on one area of humanities. Please see the table below:-
PLEASE NOTE:- Whilst there is an expectation for homework to be given out on a regular basis, sometimes a sequence of learning means that homework will not be set as rigidly. Therefore please allow for times when there is a change to the usual timings for homework to be set/completed.
Design Technology / Art – As the learners complete a rotation of 4 areas within DT, activities will vary depending on which rotation your child is working on:-