John Madejski Academy Learning & Education

Homework

The purpose of homework at John Madejski Academy is to deepen understanding and consolidate learning, preparing students for work to come. Homework will be focus on the acquisition of knowledge and be challenging, set in line with the school’s policy, and appropriate for the ‘age and stage’ of students. Our aim is to support students’ academic outcomes.

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Knowledge Organisers

This term all homework is focused on using Knowledge Organisers. The two exceptions for this are Maths and MFL, where you will continue to use MyMaths and Memrise to complete your homework.

As well as the knowledge organisers, you are also expected to read your accelerated reader library book for 30 minutes every evening.

Knowledge Organisers

How Much Homework will be Set?

As a guide the recommended homework for a student at John Madejski Academy is as follows:

Years 7 and 8

Per Week

  • 2.5 hours’ reading (English set text/accelerated reading book).
  • Approx. 30 minutes’ knowledge learning per subject per week.

Per Night

  • Approx 6 hrs per week.

Year 9

Per Week

  • 2.5 hours’ reading (English set text/accelerated reading book).
  • Approx. 45 minutes’ knowledge learning per subject per week.

Per Night

  • Approx 8 to 9 hours per week.

Years 10 and 11

Per Week

  • 2.5 hours’ reading (English set text/accelerated reading book).
  • Approx. 1 hour of knowledge learning or examination practice per subject per week,

Per Night

  • Approx 10 hours per week.

Years 12 and 13

Per Week

  • A-level Students: 5 hours per subject per week. It is recommended that courses equivalent to an A-level also set at least 5 hours per week.
  • Students Studying a BTEC or VTCT Extended Diploma: Should be completing approximately 15 hours of independent study.

Per Night

  • Approx 15 hours per week (for three A-levels or equivalent).

What Homework will be Set?

Homework will be purposefully and deliberately constructed to enable students to select, organise, and deploy a wide range of knowledge effectively. It will foster independent study and prepare students for the new, more demanding GCSE, BTEC, and A-level qualifications.

Homework may be set in conjunction with knowledge organisers, revision guides, exam-style questions, or a list of key words. Arts subjects may set practical instead of written tasks where appropriate. Students could be asked to submit homework. Homework will be set on Show My Homework and students should record all homework in planners.

Years 7 and 8

Students will be set approx. 30 minutes of homework per subject per week. In mathematics, home learning will be set using MyMaths. In MFL, home learning will be set using ‘Memrise’. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Year 9

Students will be set approx. 45 minutes of homework per subject per week. In mathematics, home learning will be set using MyMaths. In MFL, home learning will be set using ‘Memrise’. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Years 10 and 11

Students will be set a minimum of 1 hour of homework per subject per week. In performing arts, this homework may also take the form of a practical rehearsal. In MFL, the homework will additionally involve a listening and reading task each week. In mathematics, home learning will be set using MyMaths. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1.5 hours per week.

Sixth Form

Students will be set 5 hours of independent study work per A-level subject, or equivalent to A-level. This may involve pre-reading, exam-style questions or answers, note-making, wider reading, essay planning, essay writing, or assignment drafting. Students working towards Level 3 study will also be expected to complete assignments for their chosen courses, and work towards improving their GCSE English or maths grades.

Reading

In addition to the homework set by each subject, students in years 7, 8, and 9 at John Madejski Academy are expected to read their English set text or accelerated reading book at home, for a minimum of 30 minutes every day.

Students in years 10 and 11 should be encouraged to diversify their reading by reading novels, academic journals, or broadsheet newspapers alongside their set texts.

How Can I Support My Child?

Teachers will use home learning in lessons and students who do not complete this work are in danger of being left behind. The Academy learning resource centre is available until 4:00 p.m. for students in years 7 to 9 and until 5:00 p.m. for those in year 10 and above. Computers are available to support online learning platforms. Help with homework is available at break times in the learning resource centre.

Your son/daughter has been taught a technique called LASACAWAC (look and say and cover and check and write) which will help them learn the knowledge expected. You can support them by checking they have completed the homework.

How will this be Monitored?

Homework will be checked by teachers, and the Academy behaviour policy will be followed if homework is not completed or not completed to an acceptable standard. Heads of department will monitor homework through termly work scrutiny, DEFT walks, learning walks, and reviews of the schemes of learning. YTLs will monitor homework through tutor time and planner checks.

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