Return to school homework policy: September 2020

Cheam High School return to school homework policy: September 2020

During school closure, the school continued to use the online platform “Show My Homework” for the setting of classwork.  This product was rebranded to “Satchel:one” during this time.  As we return to school in September, we will continue to use this product as a homework setting platform and in the case of any localised lockdowns, we will revert to using it for the setting of classwork.

However, as we return to school, we appreciate that our students will need to adjust to full days in school.  As a part of this transition, we intially plan to reduce the amount of homework students complete and the type of work that they do at home in order to support their return to school.  We know that an overly tired student will not make an effective learner. 

At Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8), homework will be set in the core (English, Maths and Science) subjects and in the Humanities (French, Geography, History and Religious Studies) subjects only, and with a phased introduction.  Students should expect to complete tasks that include:

  • Reading in preparation for learning
  • Reading to consolidate learning (including the study of knowledge organisers)
  • Reading for pleasure*

Or use of specialised software programs for example:

  • Maths: Sumdog
  • Science: Educake
  • MFL: Linguascope

Students may also complete quizzes or spelling tests online.  Our intention is to not set any extended pieces of writing or research.

At Key Stage 4 (years 9,10,11), homework will be set for all core, directed and option subjects.  We will initially reduce this to one task per subject per week.  Students should expect to complete tasks that include:

  • Reading in preparation for learning
  • Reading to consolidate learning (including the study of knowledge organisers)
  • Reading for pleasure*

Or use of specialised software programs for example:

  • Maths: MyMaths
  • Science: Educake
  • MFL: Duolingo / Memrise

Students may also complete quizzes or spelling tests online.  Our intention is to not set any extended pieces of writing or research at this stage.

At Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13), students will continue to have allocated study periods throughout the day and are encouraged to utilise this time so that they can minimise the time spent on their studies at home.

*At Cheam High School, we strongly believe that reading is fundamental to student progress and encourage all of our students to spend at least 30 minutes readng apropriate fiction or non-fiction texts every day.

Students should check Show My Homework every day and use Show My Homework to organise themselves and complete their homework schedules.

Once school is back in September, we will review this policy frequently as the new term progresses