Homework at Staffordshire University Academy
At Staffordshire University Academy we view homework as an extremely important element of a student’s education. Homework should consist of meaningful and worthwhile tasks or projects designed to extend the learning of the student outside the classroom and to:
• Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding
• Extend and support every child’s learning
• Develop the skills of an Independent Learner
• Allow students to gain and practise the skills and knowledge that they will be required to reproduce in assessment situations such as exams
• Develop abilities in time management and organisation essential in life and beneficial to students as they leave the academy and progress to university or enter the workplace.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will receive one weekly piece of homework for each of the core subjects (English, maths and science) and for modern foreign languages and humanities. The creative arts subjects set an extended homework project once per half term.
Years 10 and 11
Years 10 and 11 students follow their chosen options and, as such, the amount of homework expected will increase. There will be occasions during the year where workload appears greater, particularly near examination periods. Students will be expected to complete homework for all subjects. Homework is set twice per week for the core subjects (English, maths and science) and once per week for option subjects. Most homework tasks should take approximately 30 minutes per subject. Closer to exams all students will be set revision tasks to do for homework.
All students in all year groups have been provided with knowledge organisers. These will be used to support homework. Students may be asked to learn a particular section or they may be set questions on information provided in the organiser. It is expected that students will learn all of the content on each subject’s knowledge organiser each half term and they will be tested on this understanding in lessons.
Sixth Form – Years 12 and 13
In the Sixth Form students study 3 or 4 subjects. Level 3 courses are very challenging and require a much greater degree of independent learning / study from students. Homework and /or assignments will be set throughout the academic year. Students should be completing work, outside of lesson time, for between 3 – 5 hours per subject each week. They should also be consolidating their knowledge and revisiting units previously covered even when not directed by teachers.