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Homework

The purpose of homework at Capital is to deepen understanding and consolidate learning, preparing students for work to come. Homework will be challenging, set in line with the school’s policy and be appropriate for the ‘age and stage’ of students.  Its ultimate aim is to support students’ academic outcomes.

How much homework will be set?

As a guide the recommended homework for a student at Capital is as follows:

Year Per Week Per Night
7-8 

2.5 hours reading (English set text/ accelerated reading book)

Approx. 30 minutes per subject per week

Approx 6 hrs per week

9

2.5 hours reading (English set text/ accelerated reading book)

Approx. 45 minutes per subject per week

Approx 8-9 hrs per week
10-11

2.5 hours reading (English set text/ accelerated reading book)

Approx. 1 hour per subject per week

Approx 10 hrs per week

Capital 6

‘A’ Level subjects: 5 hours per subject per week.

It is recommended that courses that are equivalent to an ‘A’ Level also set at least 5 hours per week. Students studying a BTEC or VTCT Extended Diploma should be completing approximately 15 hours of independent study.

Approx 15 hrs per week (for three ‘A’ Levels or equivalent)

 

What homework will be set?

Homework will be purposefully and deliberately constructed to enable students to select, organise and deploy a wide range of knowledge effectively. It will foster independent study and prepare students for the new, more demanding GCSE, BTEC and ‘A’ Level qualifications.

Homework may be set in conjunction with knowledge organisers, revision guides, exam-style questions or a list of key words. Arts subjects may set practical instead of written tasks where appropriate. Students could be asked to submit homework using Google Classroom. Students should record all homework in planners.

Years 7-8

Students will be set approx. 30 minutes of homework per subject per week.

In Mathematics, home learning will be set using Hegarty Maths. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Years 9

Students will be set approx. 45 minutes of homework per subject per week.

In Mathematics, home learning will be set using MathsWatch. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1 hour per week.

Years 10-11

Students will be set a minimum of 1hour of homework per subject per week.

In Performing Arts, this homework may also take the form of a practical rehearsal.

In MFL, the homework will additionally involve a listening and reading task each week.

In Mathematics, home learning will be set using MathsWatch. Students will be expected to do a minimum of 1.5 hours per week.

Capital 6

Students will be set 5 hours of independent study work per A Level subject, or equivalent to A Level. This may involve pre-reading, exam style questions or answers, note-making, wider reading, essay planning, essay writing or assignment drafting. Students working towards Level 3 study will also be expected to complete assignments for their chosen courses, and work towards improving their GCSE English or Maths grades.

Reading

  • In addition to the homework set by each subject, Year 7 to Year 9 students at Capital City Academy are expected to read their English set text or accelerated reading book at home, for a minimum of 30 minutes every day, recording their reflections is their reading log. This will be checked every day by their Learning Advisor.
  • Year 10 and Year 11 students do not need to record their reading. Instead they should be encouraged to diversify their reading by reading novels, academic journals or broadsheet newspapers, alongside their set texts.

How Will This Be Monitored?

Homework will be checked by teachers and the Academy Behaviour policy followed if not completed or not completed to an acceptable standard. CALs will monitor homework through termly work scrutiny, DEFT walks, Learning walks and reviews of the schemes of learning. YTLs will monitor homework through LAs and planner checks. GCSE English or Maths grades.