Homework & Independent Learning

Homework and Independent Learning

Homework is an integral part of the learning at the School, and is designed to support the acquisition of knowledge and provide opportunities for independent practice. Homework at the School supplements, reinforces and extends the learning in the classroom. Students are encouraged to supplement their learning in the classroom and our curriculum maps for subjects can be found on the curriculum pages of the website within the Curriculum Subject Information: Curriculum Subject Information - Framingham Earl High School

Websites such as BBC Bitsize Secondary Homework Help | Online subjects - BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy Oak National Academy Online Classroom (thenational.academy) are excellent sources to supplement learning or to support with pre learning or revision.

Independent Learning at Key Stage 3

All classes follow a homework timetable, which is designed to help students manage their time. While some subjects may set homework every week, and other choose longer stretches, a timetable should ensure that homework is evenly spread over a fortnight. Depending on the demands of the curriculum and age of the student, these homework demands may fluctuate at different times of the year. However, below is the maximum time commitment a student should be spending on homework. The School believes the pressures of education should be balanced with a healthy lifestyle for all children:

Key Stage Three: No more than 4 hours a week in total, and no more than one hour on one piece of homework.

Key Stage Four: No more than 8 hours a week in total outside of class, not including revision sessions and during exam season.

Show My Homework

Homework-timetable

Finally, we are encouraging all teachers to place work on Microsoft Teams in the relevant class. If your son or daughter is unable to come into school, but well enough to work, this is where they should look for class materials they may have missed, whilst using the Independent Learning Booklets and following the Curriculum Maps on the website.

For Key Stage 3 we have produced Independent Learning Booklets to give students opportunities to learn more about the subjects that inspire them. These can be found on the links below.


Year-7-Independent-Learning-Booklet

Year-8-Independent-Learning-Booklet

Year-9-Independent-Learning-Booklet

Independent Learning at Key Stage 4

Homework and revision is even more important at Key Stage 4. There are a number of events throughout the year to support Year 10s and 11s to develop their revision and organization skills.

We are encouraging all teachers to place work on Microsoft Teams in the relevant class. If your son or daughter is unable to come into school, but well enough to work, this is where they should look for class materials they may have missed.

Furthermore, at Key Stage 4 we would like our students to make the most of other opportunities beyond Framingham Earl High School.

Gresham’s Lectures: Gresham College’s free public lectures (running since 1597) are available to all. These lectures are delivered by world-class experts in fields ranging across the arts and sciences. For students they are a resource for careers advice and personal statements. They are currently held online, and they have a searchable back catalogue of 2,500 free digital lectures on their website (ordered by school subject at www.gresham.ac.uk/schools).  

Balliol College Oxford have created a wide variety of resources to support students learning at home and with their wider reading please see subject guides and do contribute any further ideas you have!

https://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/admissions/schools-and-outreach/resources-for-schools-and-prospective-applicants#subject%20resources

https://oxplore.org/   live stream events are also available to schools

KS4-Course-Booklet-2021-22

English-Department-KS4-Reading-Suggestions

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