The John Fisher School

Homework

Through regular and varied homework tasks we aim to encourage all pupils to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own. This is vital given the importance for pupils in the future of life-long learning and adaptability;

  • in consolidating and reinforcing skills and understanding developed at school and supports the development of independent learning skills
  • in extending school learning, for example through additional reading
  • in sustaining the involvement of parents and carers in the management of pupils learning and keeping them informed about the work pupils are doing
  • in managing particular demands, such as course work.

Each year group has its own homework timetable which regulates the amount of homework set, and each pupil is issued with a Student Journal which is checked regularly by their Form Tutor and must be signed by the parents at the end of every week. The Student Journal is also a valuable means of communication between parents and the School, particularly on matters relating to work and progress.

Our School operates a Homework Club; open to all pupils, after school Monday to Thursday 3.30 - 4.30pm. The Homework Club is supervised and takes place in our Learning Resource Centre where pupils have access to the wide range of materials and resources necessary to complete most homework tasks. Pupils who may have difficulty accessing ICT outside of school are encouraged to make use of the computer facilities available in the centre.

KEY STAGE 3 HOMEWORK

Last term, we reviewed Key Stage 3 homework across each Department.  Our current practice was discussed in Teacher Working Parties and in the Governors’ Curriculum & Achievement Committee.  After much discussion, we have made a significant adaptation to our current policy and practice.  We want to engage parents more with the tasks, and allow for improved communication from each Department.   We also want to make it easier for us all to structure homework across the school.

From the start of this term, each Department has identified the Major tasks that will be set in each half term.  All Major tasks will be completed by each boy, regardless of the group they are in. Clearly, these tasks may be differentiated to cater for the different needs between the groups, particularly in Math’s for example. We have not included Year 9 Science as these classes are taught topics in rotation, and the teachers will communicate these. It is expected that there will be at least 3 Major specified tasks per half term. 

Teachers will continue to set homework every week.  Individual teachers will also set Minor tasks which boys will still complete, but these may be individual to each specific group.    We will not be publishing Minor tasks, as these may be more pertinent to the class such as complete a class task, learn vocabulary, read a passage, etc.

We are confident that this planned approach will help track each boy's activities and learning at home, and where appropriate, will help parents guide extra reading and research.

Please click on the links below to access the Homework schedules for each year group:

Year 7 Homework Schedule - Term 1 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 7 Homework Schedule - Term 2 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 7 Homework Schedule - Term 3 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 8 Homework Schedule - Term 1 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 8 Homework Schedule - Term 2 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 8 Homework Schedule - Term 3 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 9 Homework Schedule - Term 1 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 9 Homework Schedule - Term 2 - Updated Sept 2014

Year 9 Homework Schedule - Term 3 - Updated Sept 2014

Homework Booklets
English

Year 7 - Half-term 1

Year 7 - Half-term 2 - New Nov 2014

Year 8 - Half-term 1

Year 8 - Half-term 2 - New Nov 2014

Year 9 - Half-term 1

Year 9 - Half-term 2 - New Nov 2014

Mathematics

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Science

Year 7 - Half-term 1

Year 7 - Half-term 2 New Nov 2014

Year 8 - Term 1