Getting pupils ready for GCSE, further study and the world beyond school is vital and being able to organise themselves to complete review work, or homework, is an important part of developing the discipline, organisational and time management and skills we all need later in 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
- 60 minutes for Year 11
What is review work?
Review work, for example in Year 7, would mean choosing one subject a night to read through notes for 10 minutes and then spending another 10 minutes quizzing themselves or getting someone else to do it.
As children get older, the number of subjects they will review per night or the 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 that day, 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.
Our staff will 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 we encourage children to also review subjects or topics that they find challenging.
If staff do set specific review work your child will be tested on at the start of a subsequent lesson. That way both the member of staff can see, and your child, what knowledge they have retained.
Will children also have homework?
Members of staff, particularly at GCSE, can continue to set traditional homework in the form of worksheets, reading, essay writing, exam questions etc.
Some departments use online platforms for homework, such as 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 regularly failing to complete specific set homework or getting low quiz marks in a particular subject, the teacher may contact you to discuss your child’s progress. This is to check they are reviewing work and what they are struggling with. Similarly, if they fail to submit a set piece of work you may be contacted to inform you of the issue. Please contact the teacher concerned if you're worried about your child’s progress in a subject, or any homework or review work.