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Orchard Park High School


Homework for Years 7, 8 and 9 

  • Homework for Years 7 to 9 at Orchard Park High School is set to a clear fortnightly timetable, as shown in the Super Learning Book.
  • Students must complete the correct ‘Task’ on the correct night. All tasks can be found in the ‘Homework Booklet’; this will be given to students at the start of each term.
  • The tasks are designed to challenge, to make students think more deeply or widely about the subject and to enhance their subject security.
  • All homework must be completed in the back of exercise books.
  • Homework must be completed on the set date and brought to the next lesson for that subject. Teachers will guide students with this.
  • ‘Hegarty Maths’ will be used for Maths homework as this enhances classroom learning and provides bespoke lessons for students to complete independently.

In addition to completing set homework tasks for specific subjects, students are also timetabled to:

  • Read a challenging book for at least 20 minutes each night – reading out loud to develop oracy and pronunciation skills.
  • Complete either the Bedrock Vocabulary and Tassomai Science applications. The first enhances vocabulary, the second, scientific terms and key knowledge.
  • Learn answers to 50 ‘Knowledge Questions’.

Homework for Years 10 and 11 

  • Homework for Years 10 and 11 at Orchard Park High School is set to a clear timetable specific to each year group – a copy of which can be found on this website
  • Homework set must be recorded in the Student Journal but students should also use ‘Google Classroom’ to obtain specific details and guidance.
  • All homework deadlines must be checked and must be met
  • Journals must be signed and checked by parents/carers.
  • Departments will plan their Homework tasks carefully to ensure that classroom learning is consolidated or built upon. This should include:
    • Weekly spelling tests - All students are expected to get a minimum of 80% +
    • Definition/formulae learning
    • Use of Applications – Hegarty Maths/Tassomai for Science

Google Classroom

We now use ‘Google Classroom’, a free web service that allows teachers to provide students with resources, support and guidance. Students will be given instructions on how to access this site, to find any resources that they may want or need.

Homework is important because:​​​​​​​ 

  1. It improves your thinking and memory.
  2. It helps you develop positive study skills and habits that will serve you well throughout life.
  3. Homework encourages you to use time wisely.
  4. It teaches you to work independently and teaches you to take responsibility for your work.
  5. It allows you to review and practise what has been covered in class.
  6. It helps you to get ready for the next day’s classes.
  7. Homework helps you learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials, and computer web sites to find information.
  8. It encourages you to explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits.
  9. It allows you to extend learning by applying your skills to new situation.s
  10. It helps you integrate learning by applying many different skills to a single task.
  11. Homework helps your parents/carers to engage with and understanding the learning that is happening in school.

Completing homework – a guide for students:​​​​​​​ 

  1. Be clear on the homework task – ask questions if you are unsure what to do.
  2. Stick to the schedule – it is designed to help you with organisation.
  3. Meet all deadlines – check the schedule daily so that you know what to complete
  4. Work in a quiet place, away from any technology which will distract you.
  5. Put your best effort into your work. Never rush, take your time so that all work is easy to read.
  6. Keep standards of presentation of book work high; be proud of your work.
  7. Proof read your work out loud before submission – remove errors, particularly SPAG and improve the quality of your work by choosing better words/rephrasing sentences/building on your answers.
  8. Catch up on homework after absence, as you are expected to complete all tasks in your homework booklet.
  9. If you forget your homework, you will receive a sanction. You must submit your homework to your teacher the next day.
  10. Do not graffiti on the cover of the exercise book or Super Learning Book. It should only show name/class details. You will have to replace a lost or defaced book.

In your Homework follow up lesson:​​​​​​​ 

  1. ITU: Respond positively to comments suggested by your teachers, complete corrections and upgrade your work as directed.
  2. When advised, self-assess your homework using success criteria.
  3. When advised, peer-assess others’ homework fairly and responsibly, giving 1 ‘strength’ and two ‘improvements’ using set criteria from your teacher.

Presentation code:​​​​​​​ 

  • Always use a black pen – this is a requirement in all external examinations.
  • Draw in pencil.
  • Use a ruler where necessary.
  • Always provide a heading and date for your work, which are underlined.
  • Draw a neat line through an error.
  • Underline all headings.
  • No correction fluid.
  • No gel or felt pens.
  • No graffiti or doodling on your books or journal.

ITU – Improve to upgrade:​​​​​​​ 

This is specific time given to you to reflect upon and improve the quality of your work following feedback from the teacher or your peers.

You should aim high and really try to improve and upgrade your work by acting upon your teacher’s advice.

You should underline or highlight the new learning so that when revising, you can remind yourself of the critical parts.

Knowledge Questions

You have been given 50 Knowledge Questions in each subject to learn throughout the academic year.

The Knowledge Questions cover key vocabulary, concepts and ideas related to the work carried out in your lessons. You will complete, mini, small stake tests in lessons to ensure you are making clear and rapid progress in the unit of work being studied. You will also be formally tested on these at the end of each term, building up from 10 to the full 50 questions. You will be expected to score at least 80% in the tests, or you will have to re-sit it.

Assessment folders

You will be given a red assessment folder in October for the year. In it you will store your 6 key assessments, feedback forms from your teachers and your ITU work, indicating where you have made corrections and upgraded your work.