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 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.
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.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Students will use “MyMaths” to complete 15-30 minutes of Maths weekly to practice the skills that they are learning in lesson time.
This is accessed by login on to https://www.mymaths.co.uk/.
Students need to ensure that they use the school login followed by their individual login, these details have been given to students in a letter via their class teacher. Lost login details can be obtained from their class teacher or any member of maths staff.
Years 10 and 11
Every student to use “Mathswatch” or “GCSE pod” to complete 30 minutes of Maths three nights a week to practice the skills that they are learning in lessons.
Mathswatch - https://vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/
Login to MathsWatch using the login details below:
Username: firstnamesurname@cityacademynorwich Password: canmaths
For Example: John Smith
Username: johnsmith@cityacademynorwich Password: canmaths
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.
Instructions for logging on:
- Go to link.
- Register as a student at City Academy Norwich using the NEW HERE? GET STARTED
- 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.