Key Stage 4 Homework

Core Subjects

GCSE English

Controlled assessment means that there is potentially less regular homework than at KS3. Most homework will be completing revision notes begun in class, background research and revision for examinations.

Controlled Assessment (Guidance – if your subject has CA, please give clear information for parents as to when this occurs e.g.

Y10 Spring and summer terms, Amount of time that should be devoted, specific activities e.g. research, drafting, etc)

Year 10:  Autumn Term ~ Writing and rehearsing a formal speech ~ English English LanguageSpoken Language Study ~ English Language

Creative writing ~ preparation for English Literature (Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol )

SpringTerm: ~ English Literature Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage ~ Creative Writing ~ Speaking and Listening Hot Seating Task

Summer Term: ~ Study of first poems for English Literature Examination ~ English Language Creative Writing ~ ‘Of Mice and Men’ Extended reading English Language task

Year 11: Autumn Term:

~ English Language extended reading c/a on ‘Of Mice and Men’ ~ English Literature study of remaining eight poems for examination January 2013

~ English Language preparation and revision for examination January 2013 Spring Term: ~English Language Examination January( 2hrs 15 mins)

~ English Literature Poetry Examination January( 1 hr 15 mins) ~ reading of the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ for Eng Lit Modern Texts examination

~ Revising ‘Of Mice and Men’ for Eng Lit Modern Texts Examination

Summer Term:

~ Revision for Modern Texts Examination

~ Revision for any students re-sitting English Lang or English literature poetry

~ English Literature Modern Texts Examination June 2013 –‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ ( 1 hr 30 minutes)

~ June 2013 re-sits of English Language examination and Poetry examination. [/tab]

GCSE Maths

All pupils will receive 1 homework task each week. This will last up to 1 hour. Usually, the task will be a maths exercise to consolidate the work undertaken in the classroom that week

Controlled assessment There is no controlled assessment in Maths

GCSE Science

Y10 (B/C/P) Homework will be set on either 1 or 2 of the following times each week:

10.1 – B Mon P3, C Tue P4, P Wed P2

10.2 – B Tue P4, C Wed P2, P Mon P3

10.3 – B Wed P2, C Thu P1, P Tue P4

10.4 – BTEC Tue P3, Fri P2

10.5 – BTEC Wed P1, Fri P2

Y11 (B/C/P) Homework will be set on either 1 or 2 of the following times each week:

11.1 – B Thu P4, C Wed P3, P Tue P1

11.2 – B Tue P1, C Thu P4, P Wed P3

11.3 – B Wed P3, C Tue P1, P Thu P4

11.4 – BTEC Mon P1

11.5 – BTEC Tue P1

Parents will be notified when ISA coursework for GCSE qualifications and Coursework catch-up sessions for BTEC will take place to ensure attendance. Y10 ISAs and BTEC catch-up sessions will take place on 6th February, 2013 (during PSE day 2) and in designated lessons.

Core PE

Limited to watching, taking an interest in and participating in relevant sports.

 

Option Subjects

GCSE Art

Year 9 and Year 10 – Every other week. (Independent study/work).

Year 11 – One per week Year 11 controlled assessment will start in January. Home work will mainly be research.

Controlled Assessment Art & Design

Year 11 – Spring term (Jan)

GCSE Business

There will be 1 or 2 exam paper questions per unit. This will be set as the unit progresses to allow students to cover the content needed for each question. These will form part of the assessment for the unit and will be reported in the data collections. At the end of each topic, one homework will consist of learning/revision in preparation for an end of topic assessment. The frequency of these will vary by year group and group within year (according to timetabled hours). This is approximately 1 homework per fortnight.

For one of the Year 10 classes a Controlled Assessment will take place in 2nd half of the Summer term (depending on changes on GCSE syllabus). The students have up to 8 hours of planning and research time (moderate control) Homework will be to continue planning and research. There will also be 3 hours of write up time (high level control) during which no homework will be set.

The other Year 10 class will begin working on an additional course and homework will consist of researching themes related to this course.

GCSE Computing

Pupils will receive 1 homework task each week lasting up to 1 hour

GCSE Creative design

Year 9 – One per week Food Technology – During the transition period students are expected to bring in ingredients and a food storage container once a week.

Year 10 – One per week until controlled assessment. Food Technology students will be required to bring in ingredients and a food storage container once a week. Year 10 controlled assessment will take place in the summer term. Homework during this time will be mainly research. If work needs completed this must be done during lunchtimes or after school catch up sessions.

Year 11 – Controlled assessment will continue into year 11. Pupils will be expected to conduct research at home. If work needs completed this must be done during lunchtimes or after school catch up sessions.

Food Technology students will be required to bring in ingredients and a food storage container once a week.

Spring term – coursework will be complete therefore preparation for the exam will begin. Homework will be set once per week. The work set will be revision tasks.

Controlled Assessment Food Technology & Resistant Materials

Year 10 – Summer term

Year 11 – Autumn term

GCSE French

In Year 10, weekly homework: reading and writing tasks, regular learning of vocabulary and for assessment tests or controlled assessments(see below)

4 controlled assessments to be completed in Year 10: Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms. Year 11: Autumn term.

This involves drafting, amending and memorising either a 300 word written piece or a 4 minute spoken piece.

GCSE Geography

At KS4 homework is given to enhance or consolidate understanding. The setting of homework is very fluid depending upon pupil’s prior experience and understanding demonstrated in lessons, as well as the topic itself. Homework can also be set depending upon ability and whether or not the pupil is taking a higher or foundation Geography examination. The homework content is also largely dependent upon which topic the pupils collectively choose to do as there are a lot of option choices at KS4. For example, Ice on the Land was chosen in 2011, but the Living World in 2012.

In year 9, 10 and 11 pupils will continue their GCSE and complete exam questions to consolidate learning and work on exam technique. As each assessment approaches they will be asked to revise in preparation. There are various case studies that will be completed over the course that are compulsory expectations of the examination board Once GCSE content begins it is incredibly important that pupils catch up on any missing work, this becomes homework for those pupils and it is their responsibility to ensure that they know what they have missed and ensure they ask for the relevant work.

Controlled Assessment – There is a controlled assessment in Geography. In the low level control, it is expected that pupils research their location of study, produce appropriate data presentations and complete unfinished class work. Pupils are not allowed to bring in pre written responses to their high level controlled assessment task

Missed Homework Policy – If homework is missed a note will be made on the front of their subject books, if homework remains undone and pupils persist on not completing homework letters and phone calls home will be made.

GCSE History

Year 9- Transition groups should expect at least 1 research based homework in the 2nd/3rd week. After options are taken History groups should expect 2 per half term. This will take the form of a past-paper question or a larger research task.

Year 10- homework to be set approx. 3 times per half term. Homework will usually be research but may be a question from a past-paper where appropriate. Year 11-depends on results. If re-sits are being taken then homework will be revision based and completing past-paper Questions’s after Christmas in the lead up to exam season.

Controlled assessments Year 9/10-no Controlled Assessment

Year 11- Any pupils re-sitting will be taking a controlled assessment starting in late September/October. This is split up into three chunks and will be on-going into November/December.

GCSE Music

1 Hour of musical instrument practice per week, logged into the performance log booklet. (signed off by a parent)

1 Hour of additional work – which will be directed to specific pieces of work throughout the year as appropriate to the course.

GCSE PE

Research, revision or application question minimum 3 x per half term.

Year 9 – 11 Practical exam 2 days March – May.

Year 11 -Analysis of Performance – 20 min oral exam March – May 6 week training plan

Year 11 – October – December: Analysis of plan – Jan

Year 9 – during the transition unit: Analysis of plan – March

GCSE Photography

This will usually involve taking photographs outside of the school environment, in order to enrich their portfolio.

GCSE Spanish

In Year 10, weekly homework: reading and writing tasks, regular learning of vocabulary and for assessment tests or controlled assessments(see below) 4 controlled assessments to be completed in Year 10: Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms.

Year 11: Autumn term. This involves drafting, amending and memorising either a 300 word written piece or a 4 minute spoken piece.

BTEC Subjects

BTEC Business

The course is largely coursework/portfolio building. Therefore much of the homework will be based around this. There will be deadlines for each piece and homework should be used to ensure students meet deadlines. Further homework will be given to resubmit work after a deadline has been met and work needs to be improved to achieve the target grade for each student.

BTEC ICT

Pupils are working on a vocational qualification They are set a series of assignments during the course of each unit which have a strict deadline. It is expected that each pupil will spend up to 1 hour at home each week working on their assignment.