At South we aim to offer all students of all abilities the opportunity to make accelerated progress by completing tasks outside of our school’s core teaching hours. Our homework tasks are designed to consolidate learning that has taken place in the classroom and to provide research opportunities where students can use reference materials and the internet to increase their knowledge and understanding of a particular topic. Many teachers at South favour a ‘flipped learning’ approach where students have to research a topic or theme before there is any formal teaching at all so students have some understanding of the material and the teacher can build on this in subsequent lessons.
Our homework policy is needs driven and teachers set homework when it is purposeful and meaningful. The tasks our teachers set aim to extend understanding beyond the classroom and foster and promote a lifelong love of learning.
Students in all years use a planner to record homework tasks and we ask that parents use this planner to support the completion of homework tasks. Parents of Year 9 students can view the homework that staff set through the My Child At School (MCAS) website, this can be beneficial in helping students to organise their time and meet homework deadlines.
The homework overviews for each subject area are detailed below and parents can support the school by ensuring that their children are completing these tasks to the best of their ability at home. If you ever feel that your child requires more work to push and extend him/her, there is a section on each subject area’s page entitled ‘There’s always something to do’ where subject teachers have given details of extension activities which can be completed at home.