At Lord Lawson homework plays a vital role in developing independent learning skills and securing knowledge and understanding. All subjects at Key Stage 4 now follow new exam specifications and these carry a large weighting on end of course exams in May and June of Year 11. As a result homework is vital to develop and support your son/daughter in their revision skills and ability to revise and learn independently.
Each department has outlined below the homework every student will receive over the coming term. The outlines give you information on what the homework is, when it will be set, when it is due in and a guide to how much time the homework should take. Your son/daughter should also have the homework recorded in their planner which you should sign each week.
Frequency of homework for KS4 students: Students will be set weekly homework from the English Department that will cover topics from the Language and/or Literature courses.
English Language topics Developing skills of reading analysis on 19th, 20th and 21st century texts Analysing writer’s language and structure Evaluating a text Comparing texts Writing to describe and narrate Writing to argue and persuade
English Literature topics Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare A Christmas Carol - Dickens Blood Brothers - Russell Power and Conflict poetry Unseen poetry
Types of homework: Practice exam questions Research (text or context based) Planning responses Revising character, plot, theme Grammar and spelling tests Responding to teacher feedback Annotating a text
Frequency of homework for KS4 students: Students will be set weekly homework from the History Department that will cover either the topic they are currently studying or revision of a previous topic. Y10 will have one piece of homework weekly, Y11 will have two pieces - one revision task plus one additional piece. Y10 will start to have the revision task in the Spring so can expect two pieces of homework weekly from then.
Topics covered Y10 - Conflict & Tension 1919-1939; USA 1920- 1970 Y11 - The Normans; Power & the People
Types of homework set Revision booklet & quiz Exam questions Source analysis Investigations/research of topics Improving marked work
KS4 Mathematics Homework
All students will be set homework on a weekly basis in the Mathematics department and these homework’s will link to the topics covered in lessons (year 9 and 10) or will be consolidation tasks (year 11). All students will be provided with a homework book and all work must be completed in this book and be submitted to the class teacher on a weekly basis. Mathematics Topics: For a list of topics please see the KS4 Mathematics overview. Types of homework year 9 and 10 Week 1: Written homework. These will be topic related homework sheets. Homework could also include revision for topic tests and assessments. Week 2: Hegarty Maths online homework. This will be topic related and will be completed using the online package Hegarty Maths. Students will be expected to set out their work in their homework books and self-assess their work (see Hegarty homework guide) Types of homework year 11 Week 1: Hegarty Maths online homework. This will be topic related and will be completed using the online package Hegarty Maths. Students will be expected to set out their work in their homework books and self-assess their work (see Hegarty homework guide) Week 2: Written homework. These will be exam style questions from the sample assessment material provided by the exam board, supplemented by extra materials when necessary. Homework could also include revision for topic tests and assessments. Other types of homework may be set according to the needs of individual students to support and challenge their learning.
Religious studies with Philosophy and Ethics KS4 Homework.
Frequency of homework Students will be set at least one piece of homework each week. There may be times when we cannot avoid setting two pieces in the same week – if this is the case one will be set by Mrs Carruthers and one by Mr Clarke.
Topics Christianity – beliefs and practices Sikhism - beliefs and practices Themes: 1. Religion and Life 2. Religion, peace and conflict 3. Religion, crime and punishment 4. Religion, human rights and social justice.
Examples of Types of Homework (this list is not exhaustive) ➢ Practice exam questions ➢ Research ➢ Planning answers ➢ Revision ➢ Discussing topics with family members ➢ Making notes from the news about current issues
Frequency of homework for KS4 students: Students will be set weekly homework from the Science Department that will cover topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Types of homework:
Year 9 Year 9 homework will be revision-based and will provide students with an opportunity to revisit content taught in lessons and master the key concepts in science. Homework will be varied but may take the form of keyword testing, creating revision resources and formula tests.
Years 10 and 11 Students in years 10 and 11 will complete practice exam questions and self-assessment using mark schemes. This will allow students to develop their exam technique in addition to revising scientific concepts.