Return to school homework policy: September 2020

Cheam High School return to school homework policy: Autumn Term 2020

As we returned to school this term, we reduced 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 have continued to set this through the platform: Satchel: one (formely Show My Homework).

We said that we would review this policy, and teachers will now begin to provide a greater range of tasks for students to complete.

At Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8), homework will be set in the core subjects once a week (English, Maths* and Science) and in the Humanities subjects (French, Geography, History and Religious Studies) once a fortnight.  Subjects outside of these may wish to set homework from time to time to support the teaching and learning in their classrooms.

*In Year 7, students will also complete a weekly fact quiz for Maths.

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**
  • Worksheets to consolidate learning
  • Some extended writing
  • Online quizzes or spelling tests

Or use of specialised software programs for example:

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

At Key Stage 4 (years 9,10,11), homework will be set for all core, directed and option subjects once a 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**
  • Worksheets to consolidate learning
  • Some extended writing / exam preparation
  • Online quizzes or spelling tests

Or use of specialised software programs for example:

  • Maths: MyMaths (Yr 9) and Maths Watch (Yr 10 and 11)
  • Science: Educake
  • MFL: Duolingo / Memrise

At Key Stage 5 (years 12 and 13), students 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 “Satchel: one” every day and use it to organise themselves and complete their homework schedules.

We will review this policy frequently as the term progresses