HOMEWORK KS3

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ENGLISH

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Students will complete homework 'menus' which include a range of tasks for students to select which task they want to complete. 

HOW OFTEN?

Mostly an extended piece of writing (although some on the menu tasks are a little different). Homework to be assessed by other students in class to share learning although the teacher will check also.

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Mostly an extended piece of writing (although some on the menu tasks are a little different). Homework to be peer assessed to avoid marking workload for teachers.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Read a book or article and then choose from any of the below tasks:

  1. Write an article explaining your point of view on the character, topic etc.

  2. Write a creative piece about the area of study (this could be a story, description or poem)

  3. With the book you are reading, write an essay on a specific character, event or theme using quotations.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

Books, newspapers, access to news websites.

MATHS

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Homework assesses retention of topics and the ability to recall skills which have been taught in previous lessons throughout the year. At KS4 pupils are given paper homework everyday which focuses on reviewing key skills. They must bring their completed homework sheet to their next lesson. 

HOW OFTEN?

Weekly

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Homework sheets will be either a worksheet with questions or past exam questions on to complete. Homework revision tasks may also be set which require students to revise ready for a re-quiz in the following lesson.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Review your Complete Maths quizzes online to identify your areas for improvement. Use Mathswatch videos to help you progress further.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

Revision videos and activities set by class teachers:

MathsWatchStudents to ask their teachers for their username and password.

 

GCSE revision videos and exam practice:

CorbettMaths

 

KS3 and GCSE revision:

BBC Bitesize

SCIENCE

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

'Wonder of Science' activities. Students will be asked to complete tasks that allow them to observe Science happening in the local community. They will be given a number of Science activities to complete and then asked to relfect on these experiences. For example, Students made bird feeders in lesson and were asked to take them home to put out in the garden. The students were asked to record the type and numbers of birds observed in their garden. The data was used in class to support the 'RSPB garden watch'.

HOW OFTEN?

Weekly

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Complete the worksheet/booklet which gives the students tasks to complete and asks for student responses about the activity they have completed.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Go on activelearn and select tasks linked to your learning in class.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

LANGUAGE

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

1 target language (French, Spanish or Mandarin) task - comprehension or translation based on topic from previous lesson & vocabulary learning list to be used/ low stakes tested next lesson.

HOW OFTEN?

Weekly

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Students will complete the HW sheet given to them and will self assess it in lesson. Teacher will discuss common misconceptions. The language covered on this HW will be used in the next lesson and developed further.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Watch a French/Spanish/Mandarin film or TV program and write a review for your classmates. (we have many in school you can borrow)

Research a recipe from France/Spain/China and cook it for your family. Write a review for take a picture to show your class.

Read a blog, poem, short story or news article in French/Spanish/Mandarin and share it with your class.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

In languages we use the following websites:

Linguascope:  - students can get the username and password from their MFL teachers.

Memrise:  - student sign in with their google sign in

Quizlet: - students sign in with their google sign in

Languages Online: - Languages online is really good for grammar support. BBC Bitesize

HISTORY

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Students in year 7 and 8 participate in 'Book Club' home learning tasks. Students are set a piece historical fiction to read alongise questions that they will need to write answers for. The rational behind these tasks is to increase engagement around the subject as well as provide increased opportunity for reading linked to History which we know has a positive impact on students progress in this subject. In year 9, there is a greater focus on knowledge retrieval. Teachers direct students towards knowledge organisers which they are required to learn in order to participate in low stakes quizzes the following lesson.

HOW OFTEN?

Weekly

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Students are generally given work sheets in which they can record either their responses to 'Book Club' questions Where students are directed to learn parts of their knowledge organisers, students are provided with resources such as flash to cards to support them in their learning. Knowledge organisers are generally provided to students in a booklet at the start of the term and some teachers have set up Google classrooms for students where these resources can also be accessed online.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

In addition to 'Book Club' tasks, KS3 students are provided with a homework challenge menu where there is opportunity for students to carry out activities which require students to apply their knowledge in a creative way or carry out independent research. For example, in the Year 8 Industrial Revolution SOW students have the opportunity to engage in additional homework tasks such as 'design a flag for a new industrialised town with appropriate images' or ' create a puzzle or quiz about the working conditions in factories'.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

GEOGRAPHY

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Challenge menu's which aim to stretch and challenge concepts they have explored within lesson.

HOW OFTEN?

Twice a half term

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Tasks can come in a variety of forms to give students creative options, e.g. letters, postcards, posters, diagrams, annotaed photographs

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Research current events which link to the topics they are being taught within lesson. Categorise causes and effects of current events in whether they are social, environmental or economic factors. Complete independent learning, and quizzes on BBC Bitesize

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

HWB

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Attend AMs/Break/Lunch sessions on offer or attend a Club outside of MCA. Food - Select an acitivyt from the Nando's menu (one of which is cooking a meal at home).

HOW OFTEN?

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Twice a week

Food - pictures of dishes.

PE - certificates of awards (grades/badges)/ postcard home for evidence of attendance.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Research a local sports club that you could attend for your favourite sport. We also have a community board available with lots of clubs located here at MCA.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

FOOD - Within Google classroom we have a dedicated "homework hub" where we set weekly activities for students - some of these are online in places like 

 

Seneca Learning and  GCSEPod  but the links are always posted within the classroom.

RE

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Yr7 and Yr8 are given homework menus. They have to chose one task to complete from the options provided. The work can be completed on the homework menu provided, or they can produce on computers etc.

HOW OFTEN?

Twice a half-term (depending on half-term length). They will have two weeks where possible to complete it.

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

This will depend on the task that they chose to complete. E.g. it could be a detailed paragraph/ piece of artwork etc.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

  1. Complete more than one task on the homework menu.

  2. Find examples in the media (newspapers/websites/magazines) that are relevant to the topic you are currently studying in your lessons.

  3. Write a review on how accurate/reliable (trustworthy) the information is given what you have learnt in class.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

PERFORMING ARTS

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Year 7 and 8 students will be given a selection of monologues in relation to their theme/script/stimuli. They will read through the monologue and annotate the stage directions. They will then be invited to perform the monologue at lunch time for a small audience. If support is needed there are masterclass sessions every thursday at 3pm.

HOW OFTEN?

Once a half term

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Students will be able to understand the purpose of a monologue and what it communicates to the audience about the character, the themes and the playwrights intentions. Students will further develop their performance skills by confidently reading/reciting their monologue on stage for a small audience.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

ART

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

HOW OFTEN?

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Students will be invited to attend additional workshops after school and engage with new materials, processes and skills. Prizes will be awarded to students who create the best quality outcomes.

One ESA a week

  1. Research into an artist/process/theme.

  2. Sketches of initial ideas

  3. Experiments with approrpiate media/materials

  4. Refinement of techniques and visual elements

  5.  A Final outcome

Refine outcomes further at home - students will need access to appropriate equipment/materials in order to do this.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

Mr Maddison's Pinterest 

Mrs Nelson's Pinterest

Ms Chandler's Pinterest 

Miss Moran's Pinterest 

Miss Sudall's Pinterest

 

Youtube - access to thousands of tutorials and step by step guides.

Local gallery websites: The Whitworth,  Manchester Gallery,  GK Gallery.

COMPUTING

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

Year 7 and 8 will sign up to the Google Classroom and will be set tasks each half term which test and extend their understand of the current subject topic.

HOW OFTEN?

One - three time a half term

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Research tasks/quizizz/forms

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

Depth of answer

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

EAL (ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE

WHAT WILL STUDENTS DO?

All students accessing the Intensive/CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) will be given various homework tasks based on developing their reading and writing skills. They will also be given grammar exercises. These tasks will form the basis of speaking and listening tasks in class. Our students have also started working on their own Knowledge Organisers and will be asked to complete some work on these at home.

HOW OFTEN?

Weekly

WHAT WILL STUDENTS PRODUCE?

Various Worksheets and reading materials on which they will answer comprehension questions. Grammar exercises bases on gaps in learning.

WANT TO GO FURTHER?

We are very happy to give more homework tasks if requested especially working on gaps in knowledge / grammar.

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT

British Council

Linguascope - students can get the username and password from their teachers.

Miss Mcmahon

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