KS 3 Homework and the Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLT'S)
The IELC is open from 3.20-4.20pm each evening as a homework room. This is purely a room that is available to our pupils as a base for them to do homework for up to an hour after school if they so wish, independent from any department or specific member of staff.
Here at Priory, each pupil is expected to receive a maximum of three subjects per evening for homework, and it is anticipated that they would spend approximately 30 - 40 minutes on each subject.
A homework diary is issued to every pupil, which must be carried at all times in order to record the homework. Parents are asked to inspect the diary and sign it once a week. The diary is a two-way method of communication and comments by both parents and staff are encouraged. Please use it to ask questions about the homework, or other relevant issues that concern you as the homework diaries are checked and signed by form staff once a week.
It is important to note that subjects and subject staff intend homework in years 7 to 9 to be diverse in nature, focusing on more project based work which may be on-going over a number of weeks. The focus of such project-based work will be to encourage and develop your son/daughter's independent study skills. As a school, we feel that developing independent study skills early, will equip our students with the skills necessary to undertake coursework in their GCSE subjects throughout years 10 and 11.
We believe asking students to search for knowledge and information themselves, collate it and present it in their own way, are highly necessary key skills which will be needed in the workplace once they leave school. This we feel, is far better than 'rote' learning, as pupils actually learn how to learn.
With this in mind, it is important you are aware of any continuous homework that has been set, and understand it is the responsibility of your son/daughter to spend dedicated time on this each week.
In addition, to be well equipped for their future, we develop the essential skills for learning, life and employment in all of our students. As well as the skills that relate to learning in specific subjects, there are other more generic skills essential to life and work. Skills such as self-management, problem solving, teamwork and effective communication are important components in our curriculum that seek to prepare young people for the future. The development of these Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, or PLTS, are essential if our students are to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Please click on the links below to access the homework projects expected to be completed for each subject area in each term.
There are also additional homework booklets for Maths to supplement these homework projects for this particular subject. These booklets provide further support and challenge in the topics being studied and, although being set as formal homework's by the Maths staff, can be worked through independently by students as they and parents/guardians see fit.