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Homework

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners.

This page explains why homework matters, provides links to our current homework booklets, and includes a portfolio of recent homework completed by students.


Why homework matters - five key reasons

As the world of education changes, homework is more important than ever. So, what are the five most important reasons homework is important in modern education?

  1. GCSE courses are moving away from ‘controlled assessments’ and modular exams to a greater emphasis on end of course exams.  As this happens, it is essential pupils become independent learners at as early an age as possible.
  2. With the emergence of the internet, information is more readily available than any other time in history. Relevant, investigative, homework tasks inspire pupils to explore this wealth of information for themselves.
  3. Beyond academic success, important life skills can be learnt through independent study. Only by working without the support of teachers can pupils learn how to self-manage and find answers for themselves.
  4. It isn’t the work completed in class that will ultimately decide pupils’ GCSE results. It’s the hours at home or in the library that allow pupils to hone the knowledge and skills required for success.
  5. Homework can be fun! It’s an opportunity for parents and other adults to take an active interest in what their child is doing.

Homework booklets - download here

Each term we produce homework booklets for each year, outlining what homework is expected on each day, for a whole term. You can download the booklets below:

Year 7 homework booklet - 2016-17 term 3

Year 8 homework booklet - 2016-17 term 3

Year 9 homework booklet - 2016-17 term 3

Year 10 homework booklet - 2016-17 term 3

The timetable follows a one week cycle, so it is the same each week. It states the night that your son should complete his homework for each subject, and gives a recommended minimum time for each homework. The timetable will be used from the week beginning 10 March 2014. Students should be spending the following time on homework each evening:

Year 7, 8 and 9 – 2 hours
Years 10 and 11 – 3 hours

You can download our homework policy and timetable from our Teaching and Learning page. The homework timetable shows the nights in which homework should be attempted by students. It may be set and collected on other days according to when their lessons appear on the timetable.

If you have any questions about how you can further support your son with homework, please contact the Academy.


Homework portfolio

To give you an idea of the kind of homework we set, here are some examples.


History (Year 8)

Hassan made this amazing model spitfire as part of his history homework.

Homework 8517


Art (Year 8)

For his art homework, Karim used wrappers of sugar-based products to create a three dimensional object, using different colours, logos and shapes. He has shown intricate detail in this collage and used contrasting wrappers to great effect.

Homework 8.2.17


Geography (Year 8)

Alexsander created a working volcano for his ‘stretch and challenge’ Geography homework. He included a sparkler type candle in the volcano’s crater to show what it would look like erupting. We lit the candle to show the effect to the whole class.

Homework 30.11.16

Hassan has created an extraordinarily realistic model of a volcano showing he has researched real life volcanoes.

Geography - Hassan Nasir 12.12.16


Religious Studies (Year 9)

This is Daniel Asante’s homework about the rejection of wealth and privilege by the Buddha.  He has also linked his homework to his classwork during his green-pen review in class, which is a fantastic piece of analysis.

RS - Daniel Asante


English (Year 12)

Compare the ways in which poets explore the roles of women in ‘Eat Me’ and ‘The Map Woman’. This homework by Matthew Briggs is special because it shows an exceptional level of detailed analysis and effort and considers a very wide range of ideas. Download Matthew's essay.


Chemistry (Year 12)

Explain the trend in 1st ionisation energies. This answer, by Alex Henderson, shows the question being answered from various viewpoints to deepen learning. Alex has gone away and amended his wording to get top marks. Download Alex's answer.


Art (Year 7)

Fill the page with a drawing of an object or objects, focussing on tone and shading. Stretch and challenge task: research mark-making and include some of this in your drawing.

Art 21.10.16

This drawing is by Connor Treacy, who has shown great competency in his use of detail and tone in the image. He has accurately shown the form of the object and even included some reflections. He has also done the stretch and challenge task and has researched some mark-making techniques and used that to add texture to the image.


Religious studies (Year 8)

Research the nature of discipleship, using the Gospel of Mark. Joe Nicholls completed a very good piece of research, touching on the nature of Jesus within the synoptic Gospels. He has also alluded to the prophetic metaphor used by Isaiah in his description of Jesus and John the Baptist. Download Joe's homework.


Art (Year 8)

Draw a view from your window.  Think about the landscape that you can see and recreate this. This beautiful mixed media response, complete with details and the effect of pointillism, is by Hassan Nasir. A fantastic effort. 

Art - Hassan Nasir


Religious studies (Year 10)

Find any examples of exorcism, with relevant referencing, in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Alfie Nolan's homework not only has references, he has offered descriptions and explanations of their content too. Download Alfie's homework.

Religious studies (Year 8)

Write a diary entry from the perspective of Abraham after he was commanded to sacrifice his son. Luke Nofio completed this as a supplementary piece of work at home, entirely because he was interested in the subject. Download Luke's powerful piece of writing.


English (Years 7 and 8)


Maths (Years 7-10)

A selection of excellent recent maths homework by students in years 7-10:
 

Sport (Year 9)

To prepare for the BTEC Sport unit 1 exam, we asked Year 9 students to identify a sporting performer who would require each component of physical fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, speed and body composition). 

Nathaniel Anang applied his knowledge of the components of physical fitness to his chosen performers. This allowed him to provide a detailed explanation of their sporting requirements to distinction level. Download Nathaniel's presentation.

Daniel Lavarias has demonstrated a sound subject knowledge and understanding of the components of physical fitness covered. Download Daniel's presentation.

Cain Samuels has structured his work effectively which, together with the quality if his explanation, allowed him to meet the distinction grade criteria. Download Cain's presentation.


Science (Year 7)

Following our topic on the Solar System, we asked Year 7 students to choose a planet and then create a 3D model of that planet. The stretch and challenge task was to create a mini 3D solar system. The two pictures attached show the model produced by Anton Milev. It is clear to see that he has put an incredible amount of time and effort into this piece of exemplary homework and decided to stretch himself by creating a model of our entire solar system. We were also extremely impressed with Anton’s attention to detail with regard to the size of planets he created.

Homework 2 - science 14.6.16

Homework - science 14.6.16


PE (Year 9)

Students were asked to describe their strengths and weaknesses in a sport they played, with reference to how you would improve their skills in future. "Connor Forbes always goes above and beyond with his work but I believe that this is a particularly special piece of work. As one of our top handball players Connor has dissected his performance here and given himself an achievable target for the future." Mr May. Download Connor's homework.


Spanish (Year 8)

Year 8's Spanish homework was to make sentences with the adjectival agreement, and a reading comprehension. We were particularly impressed by this work by Mohammed Tarawalle because he corrected his mistakes. Download Mohammed's homework.


Geography (Year 8)

To conclude our unit on China, we asked Year 8 students to create a poster showcasing the attractions of China to foreign visitors, using a map if they wished. As you'll see from the picture, Mohamed Abubaker has used his artistic skills to depict, for example, Chinese pandas and the Yangtze River. Drawing on key vocabulary, Mohamed notes the quality of fauna and flora across China. Eben Berry has used his cartography skills to draw a map of China, highlighting the Great Wall of China and the Himalayas, amongst other things. Both pieces show a brilliant range of skills and attention to detail. We were particularly impressed by Mohamed's flamboyant descriptions of China.

Homework - Geography - Mohamed Abubaker and Eben Berry


PE (Year 11)

Students were asked to plan and justify a sports session that will challenge their peers. In this piece of homework, Reece Johnson plans a football training session. He shows an excellent level knowledge of someone studying at a higher level, and he also put time and effort into ensuring that he has presented the information in an aesthetically pleasing way. Download Reece's plan.


Science (Year 7)

This homework task was to create a 3-D model of a solid, liquid or gas. Or create a 3-D model of an animal or plant cell. The pictures show several of the models produced by students. They are amazing examples of pupils going far beyond what is asked of them, and using creativity and scientific knowledge to label and explain what is happening around us. 

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Homework - Science 25.1 (5)

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PE (Year 10)

Students had to identify their chosen athlete’s best three components of fitness and use PEE to explain which component of fitness is most important to their performance. They were asked to give a detailed example of when their chosen athlete applies it in a game and choose one component of fitness that they would improve for the player to make them the ultimate sportsperson. They had to explain why it would make them better and justify how they would do this (ie link to methods of training). Here is the homework by Alfie Horsefield-Brown (writing about Harry Kane) and Joshua Malcom (writing about Theo Walcott).

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Sport 2 7.1.16


Geography (Year 8)

The task was to create a model of a volcano and Wasim (Year 8) got incredibly creative - not only crafting a very life-like volcano out of paper mache but also researching the best way to create a 'smoking effect'. He settle upon a humidifier and a red light which gives a fantastic impression of an active 'smoking' volcano. An impressively life-like model that shows great effort and inventiveness.


English (Year 10)

Create a graph that shows the tension through the novel A Christmas Carol to show your understand of how the plot develops. Benedict Kwakuyi put in a special effort with this homework by making it eye-catching and detailed.

English - Christmas Carol - Ben


Geography (Year 9)

Describe how climate change is affecting our planet. Write your piece in the style of a newspaper article for the tabloid press.

Geography climate change 2

Geography - climate change 1


History (Year 7)

Roman army. Draw and label a Roman soldier. Find out 5 facts about Roman soldiers you think your teacher won’t know. This drawing is by Anton Milev, who took great effort with his presentation. Download Anton's drawing.

History (Year 7)

Create a story board/set of images to show how Rome expanded. Label your image. Challenge: include accurate dates of important events and battles! This picture by Dylan White shows great creativity and a good interpretation of the homework task. Download Dylan's picture.
 

History (Year 8)

Imagine you are Kunta Kinte. Use empathy to write three diary entries to describe the journey on the Middle Passage. Consider how he would be feeling. What would the sights, sounds and smells be like? Challenge: describe clearly how conditions deteriorate over the journey. This piece of writing by Colin Trieu shows excellent use of detail and real empathy. Download Colin's description.

History (Year 11)

Create an informative web page on the Great Depression. Include causes, impact, images and your judgement. Challenge: beat the teacher! Support your work with specific examples you have researched that you think your teacher won’t know! This web page by Jed Cross is extremely professional in its presentation and layout and provides a succinct and accurate summary of the Great Depression. Download Jed's webpage.
 

Geography (Year 7)

Create models of Wonders of the World to support your current scheme of work. Students who created this fantastic work were Esteban, Fernando and Yousef.

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Music (Year 7)

Make an African style instrument that you can play in lessons (drum or shaker). The instrument must look authentic and must be able to be played. Muhammed Abdin created this djembe using cardboard, string and paint. "He put in huge effort as part of a two part homework. His care and attention to detail is excellent, and it plays very nicely," said Ms Murphy, Director of Arts/Subject Leader of Music.

Homework - Music 15.6.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


English (Year 7)

Create a poster to show other Year 7 students what you have learned about the persuasive techniques in AFORREST and SHIN. This poster (right) is by Janeiro Littlejohn, in which he has cleverly incorporated rhyme. "By creating a rhyme scheme, he has gone above and beyond and shown an outstanding use of language," said Ms Archibald, Deputy Director of English Faculty / Leader of Media Studies.

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Dance (Year 7)

Reza Hussain created a presentation to show what he had learned in dance in the first term of Year 7, covering features in performance and choreography, how to warm up and the purpose of dance. Download his presentation here


Science (Year 7)

Explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the paradox that exists between this theory and Quantum Mechanics. Rio Macuiza's posters show a detailed description of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity as well as Rio’s own interpretation of how these theories describe the behaviour of massive objects within our universe. Mr Stubbs, Teacher of Science & Head of Enterprise writes:"The topics I asked this student to cover are theories that are taught at university level, far beyond the standard expected of a year 7 student. This work is truly exceptional; not only did Rio explain to me both theories, he was able to tell me why these theories contradict one another and the paradox that exists as a result of this contradiction. A truly outstanding effort!" 

Homework - relativity 1 12.6 (2)

Homework - relativity 1 12.6 (1)


Business (Year 9)

Leo Messias looked at how political, economic, social, technologcal, legal and environmental issues affect businesses, using Sony as an example.

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Geography (Year 8)

8B1 were set homework to create their own model of a volcano to complement their Natural Hazard work this half term. We were able to 'erupt' the volcanoes, thanks to Miss Rowe's vinegar and bicarbonate of soda collection, to simulate the different types of eruptions. The models looked fantastic and represented many different types of volcanoes. Special mentions for excellent models with excellent geographical detail go to: Semih, Connor, Josh, Bilal and John.

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Religious Studies (Year 11)

Brandon Goldsmith Dolphy answers questions such as 'Explain how having a religious faith might influence a view of the sancitity of life.'

Homework - RS - brandon exam

 


Spanish (Year 7)

 

Match the watches with the sentences. Read the sentences and write the correct time. Fill the watch face and write the correct time in Spanish. The picture shows the worksheet completed by Reza Hussain. Telling the time in a foreign language is challenging and he excelled. 

Homework Telling the time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Science (Year 7)

Create a poster to show the forces acting on a sinking ship and explain them. Reza Hussain's 
?picture shows a diagram of a sinking ship, with all the forces labelled. Reza has also given a detailed description of what is happening.
 
Homework - Reza Hussain-Force diagrams
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

History (Year 10)

Create a summary to show the major changes that took place for women 1945-1975. Tygar Smith created a magazine which he used to show a summary of what he had learned.

Homework - Tygar Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Geography (Year 8)

Create a model of a coral reef. The project allowed students to explore their creative side in the context of Geography, and also develop their resourcefulness and resilience. Students showed exceptional creativity and ingenuity and came away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the delicate coral reef ecosystem.

 

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Music (Year 8)

Watch three tracks live on Youtube: Take That (Shine), Coldplay (Fix You) and Bandits (Rather Be). Write a newspaper article comparing the three under the following headings: interaction with the audience, tempo, dynamics and costume, and say which deserved a Brit Award and why?

Joshua Anderson Year 8.

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PE (Year 7)

Using the literacy keywords for this term, all beginning with the letter ‘i‘ (influence, illustrate, inspect, improve, investigate), write a detailed report on an Academy event for the school website. It could be:

  • An assembly
  • A school trip
  • A sports fixture
  • An extra-curricular club
  • Or an outstanding lesson!

Download an article by student Richard Harris, who imagined he was an Ofsted inspector reporting on a lesson.


Spanish (Year 8)

Describe the clothes of any football player using adjectives following the gender agreement in Spanish. Extension homework: translate of the description of some football players’ clothes from English to Spanish. This example is from Aziz Sankoh.

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History (Year 8)

Draw and label or design and make a model of a First World War trench. "Joe made this fantastic model of a cross section of the First World War trench, with great attention to detail and realism," says Mr Matthews, Innovation Leader and Subject Leader of History.

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History (Year 8)

Imagine you are Kunta Kinte. Use empathy to write three diary entries to describe the journey on the Middle Passage. Consider how he would be feeling. What would the sights, sounds and smells be like? Describe clearly how conditions deteriorate over the journey. "This work shows Impressive descriptive writing and use of empathy. Plus the boys have made the effort to make the diary look like a historical artefact,"  says Mr Matthews, Innovation Leader and Subject Leader of History.

Homework - Year 8 history 13.5.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PE (Year 10)

Homework on the regulations of Badminton by Noah Mclean. Download here


Business (BTEC pathway in year 9)

PESTLE analysis carried out by Leo Messias on the BTEC pathway in year 9. Download Here.