One big change from primary to secondary school is homework. You will notice that you get more homework from individual subjects and that you are expected to organise your homework more.
Homework is really important because it helps to support what you have learnt in your lessons. If you try hard with your homework, you will receive praise from your teacher. You may receive a House Point, a postcard home or become 'Pupil of the Week' for that subject.
The Government guidelines are approximately 45-90 minutes per day but don't worry – follow this guide and it will help you.
Common Excuses for Not Doing Your Homework
|I didnt understand it||Check with the teacher and dont leave until the last night NOT a valid reason.|
|My printer wasnt working||Write it out/e-mail/note from parent NOT a valid reason.|
|My dog ate it||Do it again NOT a valid reason|
|I lost it||Do it again/find it/note from parent|
|Its in my book and I have left it at home||Organise yourself. This is NOT a valid reason|
|I didnt have the sheet||Organise yourself and dont leave until last minute. This is NOT a valid reason.|
|I was ill/in hospital - Something bad happened in my family||These MAY be valid reasons if accompanied by a note from parent.|
|Technology||Textiles||Research 6 designs and find images for them. Put them in order with the one you like most at the top.|
|Humanities||RE||Research 10 facts about a religion and find pictures relating to the information.|
|History||Write a letter home as a Roman soldier explaining what you do in the army.|
|Maths||Maths||10 Maths questions following on from information taught in lesson.|
|Languages||Spanish||Following on from a lesson about how to introduce yourself, find 3 pictures of famous people and write how they would introduce themselves.|
|French||Complete the activity on Moodle matching English and French phrases.|
|English||English||6 spellings and write a poem/rap using these words.|
|Research myth and legend and design a storyboard/write a paragraph about it. The information will be shared with the class next lesson.|
Some homework may need to be completed on the computer. This could be done in school if you have no access to one at home.
It is not a valid excuse to say that you haven't handed in your homework because the printer wasn't working. If you do have a genuine reason connected to printing (e.g. a power cut) get your parents to write a note.
Everyone will have a printer card and work can be printed at school.
Sanctions – What Will Happen If I Don't Do My Homework?
You will get one of the following punishments.
- Break, lunch, Afterschool detentions
- Negative on PARS
- No house points
- Parents informed
- Year Leader involvement
Tips for Using Your Planners
- Write down exactly what you have to do. If you are unsure then ask your teacher.
- Make sure you take home everything you need to do your homework.
- Use your diary at home to check what you have to do.
- Do the homework well before when it is due (the night it is set) and then you have time to ask the teacher if you do not understand something.
Leaving homework until the last day creates problems if you can't understand it or if you get lots of homeworks for that night.
What If I Can't Do It?
If you have a genuine reason e.g. illness or family emergency for not doing your homework then get your parents to write a note to inform the teacher – this will stop you getting in trouble.