Homework Timetable

At King Edward VI Balaam Wood Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils are provided with learning opportunities that develop skills, strengthen knowledge and deepen understanding so that they achieve their potential and become lifelong learners. We understand that parents and carers value the setting of high quality work for completion at home to support the learning that has taken place in lessons.

If you require any further information about homework, please contact Miss Smith, Assistant Headteacher.

Why is homework important?
  • Encourages pupils to reflect on their learning and apply skills alone.
  • Encourages independent and creative personal responses to the texts we study.
  • Allows pupils to develop tenacity and initiative when approaching tasks without the teacher immediately on hand.
  • Provides opportunities for assessment preparation, including reading around the subject. Encourages independent thought and develops research skills.
How will homework be set?
  • The class teacher will explain the task and the pupil will be expected to copy it into their planners in a clear way that will allow them to understand the task fully when they get home.
  • ‘Homework Calendar’ will also be used for recording tasks.
  • Tasks will take a variety of forms: independent research; preparation for the next lesson(s); extending learning started in class; revision for assessments (see calendar for dates); extended writing practice; practice questions and ‘opportunity homework’ for those who wish to compete extra tasks.
  • Tasks will be set regularly, at a time that it will be meaningful to the pupil.
  • A copy of the homework timetable can be found on the school website.
What expectations do staff have of the work being completed?
  • Independent work should be completed on time without fail.
  • The school sanction system will be applied if homework is not completed.
  • Homework should always be completed to the best of a pupil’s ability and not rushed for completion. This also means pupils must plan their time effectively to ensure they have sufficient time to complete tasks to an appropriate standard.
What help and support is available?
  • Teachers are available at lunchtimes to discuss any homework in detail and answer any questions. This should not be left to the last minute though.
  • Pupils’ own notes from class are the most valuable resource.
  • Reading books can be borrowed from the school hub and the hub is also open Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes
  • Useful resources include: GCSE Bitesize, YouTube, GCSE Pod and other subject specific recommendations.
Year 7 & 8 Homework Timetable
Week OneWeek Two
English30-40 minutesEnglish30-40 minutes
Maths30-40 minutesMaths30-40 minutes
Science30-40 minutesScience30-40 minutes
History30 minutesGeography30 minutes
R.E.30 minutesSpanish30 minutes
Art30 minutes
30 MinutesOne extended homework per half term linked to GCSE Skills
Year 9 & 10 Homework Timetable
Week OneWeek Two
English1 HourEnglish1 Hour
Maths1 HourMaths1 Hour
Science1 HourScience1 Hour
History/Geography50 minutesHistory/Geography50 minutes
R.E.40 minutesSpanish50 minutes
I.T.40 minutesMusic40 minutes
Drama40 minutesP.E.40 minutes
Art40 minutesTextiles40 minutes
Food40 minutes
LifeOne extended homework per half term (year 9 only)
Year 11 Homework Timetable
Week OneWeek Two
All subjects set a minimum of 1 homework per week

1 hour approximately
All subjects set a minimum of 1 homework per week

1 hour approximately
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