and Guidance for Pupils and Parents
Together for Success"
Homework timetables for 2012-13
to Posted Homework
Last updated 30/1/09
We know that you will be keen to support your child with homework and
have produced this information as a helpful guide. Homework is widely accepted
as an essential and valuable element of learning. At Bredon Hill Middle
School we believe that homework offers opportunities for pupils to develop
key skills for independent learning. This is vital given the importance
of life long learning and adaptability.
The purpose of homework at Bredon Hill Middle School is to:
- assist in enabling pupils to achieve at the highest levels of their
- develop an effective partnership between home and school in promoting
- reinforce and extend the learning which occurs in school.
- encourage pupils to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed
to study on their own, thus preparing them for their next phase of education
at High School.
The aims of the homework policy are to:
- ensure a consistent approach throughout the school.
- to provide guidance for parents and carers on what to expect in terms
- reinforce the school’s high expectations that pupils will complete
- to promote continuity and progression in learning.
There will be many different forms of homework a pupil will encounter
during the course of their three years at Bredon Hill Middle School. It
is likely they will be required to:
- Research information.
- Read to prepare for lessons.
- Complete Personal Reading.
- Prepare oral presentations.
- Prepare extended pieces of work on a theme or topic.
- Conduct interviews.
- Write in different styles.
- Make models.
- Draft work.
- Complete unfinished work.
- Revise for tests.
- Demonstrate a grasp of new concepts.
- Write up practical work.
Time allocation per subject:
Year 6: up to 30 minutes
Year 7: up to 40 minutes
Year 8: up to 45 minutes
Time will vary for extended writing tasks or investigations.
What the School does to help pupils organise homework:
Each pupil is given a planner at the beginning of the year. In the planner
is a Homework Timetable which will indicate the nights on which homework
will be set for each subject. Pupils record daily in their planners and
include when the homework for each subject area is set and when it is
due. We sometimes give extra time to complete homework to allow flexibility.
We try to ensure that instructions concerning homework are clear to everyone
in the class, and that all pupils have plenty of time to copy down what
We aim to mark or respond to homework regularly, and in a way that is
clear and helpful to pupils.
Form Teachers regularly check that homework details are recorded in planners.
for Excellent Homework
- Praise by subject teachers/peers.
- Comment in school planner for parental praise.
- Display of work.
- Subject awards.
- Parental satisfaction to be noted in school planner.
- Feeling good about yourself.
Sanctions if homework
is not complete
- Intervention by Year Co-ordinators.
- Loss of Housepoint.
- Poor marks.
- Repetition and/or extra assignments.
- Comment in school planner for parental action.
- Comment to form tutor and/or detention.
- Discussion with head of department.
- Letter home to parents.
- Referral to Year Co-ordinators and/or Deputy Headteacher/Assistant Headteacher.
- Parents invited in to discuss the problem.
What parents, guardians
or carers can do to help with homework
Supporting your child with homework is important, and if done well can
raise attainment and promote good learning. However, do not be tempted
to do the homework for them, tell them the answers or mark their work.
Here are a few tips to support your child effectively.
* See homework timetable for subjects.
- Check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in
the planners. Please sign the planner on a weekly basis.
- Help your child organise his or her time to best advantage. Set up
a daily routine so that homework is not left to the last minute or even
- Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home.
- Nominate somewhere at home as a homework area. It needs a flat surface,
a good light source and resources such as pens, pencils, rulers, scissors,
glue, dictionary and notebook to hand.
- It’s a good idea if your child has a break and something to
eat before starting homework.
- Take a positive and active interest in your child’s work at
home rather than just insisting that it is done.
- Ask your child to explain the homework task and how it follows on
from what he was studying at school. Be interested and be on hand to
talk to your child about what he has learnt so far.
- Help your child to become an independent learner. Explain how to look
up information or find a word in a dictionary rather than simply giving
an answer in order to get the task finished. Don’t be tempted
to teach your child methods you used at school
- Use home/school books to note how your child tackles the task, what
is done well and where he has difficulties. (Remember, your child is
probably one of 30 so keep your comments brief!) Read carefully any
comments that your child’s teacher makes in return.
- Discourage your child from copying when he is asked to do research
tasks. Talk about the information together, work out the key facts and
help your child to write these down as brief notes. Be positive about
your child’s attempts. If you have concerns about his progress,
make an appointment with the school.
- Let us know if there are problems with homework that you cannot resolve.
Perhaps your child seems to be doing too much, or not enough, or is
finding it too easy or too difficult. Contact the Form Teacher in the
first instance who will be able to help.
- Produce good quality work.
- Make good use of the school diary.
- Stick to homework timetables.
- Do homework as early as possible after it is set.
- Be disciplined in your approach.
- Use a variety of resources.
- Use a suitable place to study.
- Be positive about your work.
See webpage ‘Useful Websites’
for links to homework sites.