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Homework is essential to successful learning in many subjects. It gives children the opportunity to practise what has been learnt in class; it provides opportunities for self-discovery, helping them to acquire greater knowledge and understanding.

Homework Policy

At St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School homework is an essential part of our curriculum. Our aim is for homework to be:
  • Purposeful (i.e. an integral part of learning)

  • Impactful (embeds knowledge)

  • Accessible (has various levels of access to challenge learners of different abilities)

  • Proportionate (increasing the time commitment as students progress through the school)

  • Manageable (does not create an unnecessary burden which detracts from family life and leisure time)

  • Informative (can be assessed quickly and easily so the teacher understands how the child is progressing) .

At Key Stage Three students are set 30 minutes of homework per week for core subjects. For subjects, where the students have fewer lessons, homework is set fortnightly.

At Key Stage Four, students are set 45 minutes of homework per subject per week. Students will generally be given 1 week to complete each task.

Homework will fall under one of these categories

  • Literacy based learning such as reading or spellings of key words and definitions

  • Learning sections of Knowledge Organisers

  • Using Personal Learning Checklists to review learning

  • Using e- learning packages to review learning

  • At KS4, independent practice of examination skills

Each of these activities forms part of a step by step process of building knowledge in order to prepare for termly knowledge based tests. The end of term knowledge based test results will be recorded and reported.

In class, completion of homework activities will be reviewed at the beginning of the lesson on a weekly basis.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is part of the G Suite for Education from Google. It is an online system designed to make work, both at home and at school, easier for students and staff.

Homework can be a daunting issue for us all. Teachers need to be aware of homework set by other teachers, so students don't get overloaded. Students need to be clear of their homework requirements and deadlines and parents should be involved in the homework process so they have some idea about what their children are expected to do.

All students have access to Google Classroom through their school Google account. They have a 'classroom' for each of their subjects. Each time a piece of homework is set, an email gets sent to their school email address and gets added to their Google Calendar too.

Parents and carers who have provided the school with their email address will receive a weekly email from Google Classroom which summarises the homework that has been set for their child. An invitation email is usually sent out first, which when accepted will allow the weekly emails to be sent. If you have not previously supplied your email address to the school, please contact the school office to do so.

Using Google Classroom

For information on how to use Google Classroom, please click here.