Getting pupils ready for GCSE, further study and the world beyond school is vital.
We know that completing review work, or homework, is an important part of developing the discipline, organisational and time management skills we all need in later life. At Cromer, we do not have a ‘homework’ timetable but expect most subjects to set review work roughly every two weeks.
Unless your child has have a specific piece of homework, or family activity planned, they should aim to do a consistent, set amount of ‘review’ work, rather than ‘homework,’ five nights a week relative to their age during term time. This works out as 20 minutes for Year 7, 30 minutes for Year 8, 40 minutes for Year 9, 50 minutes for Year 10 and 60 minutes for Year 11.
Review work means, for example in year 7, reviewing one subject a night by reading their notes for ten minutes and then quizzing themselves, or getting someone else to do it, for another ten minutes. As students get older, the number of subjects to review each night could increase, or the amount of time spent on a particular subject could increase. The idea is that over time your child will review all their subjects regularly, not just what they have done recently but topics they have done several weeks and even months before. That way, whatever their academic ability in a subject, their knowledge and confidence in a subject will increase over time.
Staff will be instructed to periodically give children specific review tasks, so it is clear to parents and pupils what they can review. For example, learn five significant dates in the Middle Ages for History, or five key terms that help explain Islam in Philosophy, but there is nothing to stop a pupil reviewing a subject or topic of their choice they find difficult and this is to be encouraged. If staff do set specific review work your child can expect to be tested on it in the quiz part at the start of a subsequent lesson. That way, both the member of staff and your child can see what knowledge they have retained.
If a member of staff, particularly at GCSE, wishes to continue to set ‘traditional’ homework in the form of worksheets, reading, essay writing, exam questions and such like they may do so. Moreover, some departments use online platforms for homework for example Hegarty Maths and Textivate in Spanish and French. Please inform your child’s Form Tutor, or the teacher concerned, if your child does not have Internet access so alternate work can be provided.
If your child is in Year 10 and 11, and fails to do a specific piece of homework, they will be placed into a homework catch up detention. During this detention, they will do the homework or equivalent work set by their teacher.
If your child is getting low quiz marks, over a serious of lessons, in a particular subject the classroom teacher may well contact you to discuss your child’s progress and check they are reviewing work and what they are struggling with. Likewise, please contact the teacher concerned if you have any concerns about your child’s progress in a subject, or any home or review work.