At Tanfield School, we have high expectations. We aim for all students to achieve the knowledge that they need to progress to sixth form then University, or a high quality alternative, so that they can have the career of their dreams and a happy life. Homework is an important part of this journey.

Here is an overview of the regular homeworks that are set. Additional tasks may also be set occasionally. Homework is designed to embed knowledge in long term memory or support preparation for examinations. Tasks may also be an extension of the learning in class.

Please support your child in their organisation of this work. It is helpful if they have a quiet work area away from distractions and a routine for completing homework. Some of the tasks require computer access. There are computers in school should this not be possible at home.

Overview
  1. Daily braindump for each of the 5 lessons filled in on a Google form
  2. Presentation and quiz subject focus to the timetable
    • Google form quiz/other form of quiz on the content covered in KO and presentation which checks understanding and recall
    • Optional Stretch in Google form that will be recognised
  3. Use of Look, Cover, Write and Check, on a set section of their knowledge organiser, which is completed and covers 1 page in homework books.

*Friday review: students review their week: class work, homework quiz scores, the morning quizzing and their Look, Cover, Write and Check to identify areas for improvement. Students then use quizzing, Mind maps, Look, Cover, Write and Check to focus on closing knowledge and application gaps.

Year 7 and 8 homework timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week A Maths History Science MFL REVIEW
Week B English Geography RE PE REVIEW
Overview
  1. Presentation and Quiz:
    • Guided to learn set pages of the KOs to timetable for subjects.
    • Subject presentation to support the learning of the set numbers.
    • Google form quiz on the content covered in KO and presentation/other quiz
    • An optional Stretch in Google form that will be recognised.
  2. Independent task:
    • Fill in 1 page of their homework book with Look, Cover Write and Check for the set section of the KO.
    • And subjects can set a subject specific task eg: practice questions, revise an answer from a previous task, complete Cornell Notes on a GCSEPod.

*Friday review: students review their week: class work, practice questions, homework quiz scores, the morning quizzing and their Look, Cover, Write and Check to identify areas for improvement. Students then use quizzing, Mind maps, Look, Cover, Write and Check to focus on closing knowledge and application gaps.

Year 9 and 10 homework timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week A Maths Option A Science Option B REVIEW
Week B English Option C Option D RE REVIEW
Overview

Subjects assign homework to drive progress and in preparation for GCSE examinations. Homework is given by the subjects weekly and will include quizzing for retrieval practice. Additional homework will also be set which may be wider reading, practice examination questions, use of GCSEPod or other relevant tasks.