Homework plays an essential part in the learning progress of every pupil. Pupils are given a homework timetable and journal which parents sign at the end of each week. The journal is then signed by the Personal Tutor. If problems arise the journal may be used as a means of communication between home and college.
Year 7 pupils can expect to spend an average of 30 minutes on each homework subject. Some pupils will, of course, work quicker than others and, as your child progresses through the school, homework will take longer. Teachers expect homework to be completed to a high standard and handed in on time. There is an after-school homework club available for all pupils (Prep Club 3.15 to 5.00pm and Prep Club Plus 3.15 to 4.15pm).
Show My Homework has been introduced to support all pupils in completing their homework well; providing them with resources and enabling parents/carers to help them with their homework too.
Show My Homework
All homework is set on ‘Show My Homework’, an online homework calendar that helps pupils keep track of their homework. This can be accessed via the school website or athttps://strichardscc.showmyhomework.co.uk
All pupils have their own personalised account that consists of a ‘To-Do’ list recording all of the homeworks that they have been set. Parents / carers also have an online account to help them support their child’s learning by monitoring the details of the tasks set, as well as its submission date and other information.
Both pupils and parents can log onto their account via the school website or address above using the details that they have been given. If you have any difficulties logging on to your account do not hesitate to contact one of the team at ‘Show My Homework’ by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 0207 197 9550.
If you have any questions about ‘Show My Homework’ contact Mr Byrne at the college on 01424 731070 or by email: email@example.com.
Homework Guide for Year 7 Parents
Homework is designed to support the learning of pupils in school and develop their independent learning skills. Year 7 pupils have a gradual introduction to homework with subjects being phased in during Term One. We have provision at St Richard’s to complete homework at school in Prep Club or Prep Club Plus*. Both clubs run from Monday to Thursday. Pupils do not need to ‘book’ a place and are free to go after homework is completed.
*Prep Club Plus is designed for pupils with additional needs and has more support staff on hand to help pupils with their homework.
Each piece of homework should be differentiated for your child’s ability. A piece of homework should take no longer than 30 minutes. However, in some cases such as projects/investigations homework is given over a longer period of time and may take longer e.g. a history project over two weeks will equate to 4 homeworks x 30 minutes. If you feel your child is doing too much or too little homework in one subject, please contact the subject teacher directly. If it is more than one subject feel free to contact their Personal Tutor or Pastoral Leader to liaise with staff. If you feel your child has done 30 minutes of ‘quality’ homework and it is still not completed you can sign their book or journal indicating that this is as far as they got within the time frame. Please use your discretion where appropriate.
Homework Guide for Years 10 and 11
As the demands for GCSE begin in Year 10, it is essential for all pupils to get into clear routines that allow for two hours of either homework or study at home.
Homework will continue to be differentiated and will always be tailored to the standards expected for each GCSE. In addition, a variety of online resources (all accessed from the school website, via the VLE) are in place to support revision for the numerous internal exams each pupil will sit over the course of KS4. In particular, you will find access to GCSE pod, shared resources through Google Drive and revision padlets for all subjects.
Prep Club and Prep Club Plus are available for KS4 pupils and we encourage their attendance. During these years, teachers will put on many support and intervention sessions in their particular subjects. Regular attendance at these sessions will really help support both the homework and revision process.