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Homework at City Academy Norwich

The subject of homework has been a big issue in education for many, many years, and research is increasingly providing us with a clear evidence of what works and what does not.  As a forward-facing academy, we are currently reviewing our approach to homework. Our challenge is to ensure it provides clarity and simplicity for teachers, pupils and parents so that all parties believe that homework is worthwhile, does not create conflict or confusion at home and supports learning.  We will be piloting a new approach focusing primarily reading, mathematics and memory skills for GCSE subjects.

The three sections for this page are:

Reading

Reading is not a skill for learning, It is the skill for learning. The research that links reading for pleasure and academic success is irrefutable and the improved range of vocabulary a direct link with earnings in adulthood. More than that, it opens up a rich world of experience for everybody. It empowers us and we must promote it.

Year 7 and 8

Every student to read for at least half an hour between the end of school and bedtime every day. This reading can range from a personal choice of novel to magazine and newspapers. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The intention is, over time, to ensure consistent exposure to standard English in all its forms

Year 9, 10 and 11

Every student to read for at least half an hour between the end of school and bedtime at least three times a week. This reading can range from a personal choice of novel to magazine and newspapers. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The intention is to ensure consistent exposure to standard English in all its forms.

Mathematics

The examiners’ reports in three out of the last five years have indicated that young people have learned many of the techniques and concepts required to secure good maths grades but have been repeatedly let down by shaky arithmetic.

Year 7 and 8

Students will use “Pixl Timetables App” and “Pixl Maths App” to complete 15-30 minutes of Maths three nights a week to practice the skills that they are learning in lesson time.

Instructions for logging onto Pixl Maths App and Pixl Timetables App:

  1. Go to the necessary link.
  2. Logon details:

School ID: CN1466            Username: surname followed by first initial of first name        Password: first name

Year 9, 10 and 11

Every student to use “Pixl Maths App” and “Mathswatch” to complete 30 minutes of Maths three nights a week to practice the skills that they are learning in lesson.

Instructions for logging onto Pixl Maths App are above.

Instructions for mathswatch:

  1. Go to link
  2. Logon details:

Username: first initial of first name followed by surname@cityacademynorwich.org        Password: canmaths

Year 10 and 11 - GCSE Revision

Our children are now facing a return to 100% terminal examinations for the first time in a generation. We know that cramming for exams does not work and coursework has been removed from the curriculum. Preparing for examinations can promote high levels of stress and anxiety in young people, particularly in this day and age, fuelled by social media. Our challenge is to find a way of working that develops learning habits that enable pupils to remember core knowledge of the topics that we study

Year 10 and 11 students will be set assignments on the website ‘GCSE Pod’ from all subjects which they will complete. This will be monitored and tracked by their subject teacher.

https://members.gcsepod.com/login?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fmembers.gcsepod.com%2F

Instructions for logging on:

  1. Go to link.
  2. Register as a student at City Academy Norwich using the NEW HERE? GET STARTED
  3. When you have registered use the same link to login as you continue to use this resource.

Please note, other subjects will continue to set homework as and when it is appropriate to do so.