As part of getting ready for the new school year, a series of news items are being published and shared with parents to keep them up to date with what is happening in school and what is planned for the weeks and months ahead.
This update is about our approach to homework.
In addition to publishing these updates, remember that the parents of each year group are invited to attend information events where plans for the year ahead will be discussed in detail. Please save the dates:
- Year 11, Thurs 14th September
- Year 10, Thurs 28th September
- Year 7, Thurs 5th October
- Year 12, Wednesday 11th October
- Year 8, Thurs 12th October
- Year 9, Thurs 19th October
- Year 13, Wednesday 25th October
If you missed our previous news item about the success of our Year 11 pupils, you can read that here: https://arkstalbans.org/news/year-11-results-day
Our approach to homework
As we prepare for the start of the new school year, we are determined to help pupils build homework habits that will enable them to be as successful as possible. We enjoyed celebrating lots of great GCSE success stories last week and have already spent some time looking at what helped make our pupils successful. It was no surprise to find that the pupils who achieved the highest marks in the maths GCSE were those who consistently spent the most time on Sparx! We want to help all pupils be successful and know that building strong habits around independent study and homework is key.
How can pupils build strong homework habits?
There are a number of ways we are hoping to help all pupil to make a strong start this year:
- Pupils in all year groups will receive their homework timetables on their first day of term; pupils will be provided with a spare paper copy so you can display it at home.
- All pupils will receive their first piece of homework on Monday 11 September; ask pupils to show you what they have to do and when they have completed it.
- We will start by focussing on reading, maths, English and Science so pupils can become familiar with the different platforms we will be using; homework club will run every day so pupils can receive help in accessing the platforms.
- Staff will be available to show you how to help pupils access their homework online at each of the parent information events.
What will happen if a pupil does not complete their homework?
We know the importance of regularly completing work outside of lessons, and how hard it can be to catch up once a pupil falls behind, so pupils will attend homework catch-up the same day that homework is due, if it is incomplete.
Pupils will need to attend homework catch up for 30 minutes or until the homework is complete – this may take up to an hour.
Where to complete the homework
All pupils will receive instructions about how to complete their homework and whether or not it is to be completed online in the first week back. There are 6 main platforms that will be used for homework in addition to Microsoft Teams.
How will I know if my child is doing all their homework?
There are lots of ways for you to keep up to date with how your child is doing;
- You will receive an email weekly from Sparx telling you how long your child spent on Sparx and how many points they achieved
- You will receive updates daily if your child has not completed their homework because they will be attending homework catch up
- You will see your child move up the ranking in their end of term assessments, because we know that completing homework well has an impact on pupil performance.
- We will publish leaderboards for maths, English and science every week on the school website – every half term all the names will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!
Iyad, who is now in Y8, was the lucky winner of our first homework competition – congratulations Iyad, and watch this space for more competitions and celebrations of success through homework!
Pupils can complete their homework on the laptop provided to them by the school. If your child does not have a laptop or if you have any questions about homework, please get in touch with their Head of Year to ask for help.
The is a homework club running every day after school between 4-5pm which pupils can attend if they would like to complete their homework at school.