We recognise that regular high quality homework which is closely related to day time learning activities is a very important feature of successful learning. All students are expected to complete homework, and are issued with Home Study Planners to help them to organise it and to get it in on time. We like parents to check on homework and to contact the school if they are concerned about it in any way.
The Study Planner has a space for parents to sign each week to let us know that they have seen it. There is also a space for parents or teachers to attach notes or messages, although this is not the best means of communication if there is an urgent concern. A note to the Form Tutor or a phone call is likely to be more effective. If the student loses their planner for some reason, then new ones can be purchased from the Finance Office.
Satchel: One (Show My Homework-SMHW) Website
We have subscribed to the website Satchel: One (Show My Homework-SMHW), in order for students to view their homework set by their teachers and receive notifications of due dates. The web address is: https://idsall.satchelone.com Further guidance on how to logon can be found by clicking on: Satchel One (SMHW) Guide
Below is a guideline of the expectation for homework set across the curriculum at Idsall School:
- Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) at least one homework task for every 4 hours of teaching. Tasks should take approximately 30 minutes
- Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) at least one homework task for every 3 hours of teaching. Tasks should take approximately 45-60 minutes
- Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) it is expected that as a minimum for every hour of study in the classroom there will be an hour of study out of the classroom
Please click on: Revision books for Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11) for a list of books for the academic year starting September 2020. The books are useful as a concise summary of our courses and they often include questions to test subject understanding.
Homework and Exam Revision Web Sites
Homework Elephant - Internet resources to help complete homework assignments. Over 5000 carefully selected resources to assist with your homework problems
Revision Centre - Here you will find revision notes, links, tips, and many other resources to help you make the most of your revision and get through those exams
Project GCSE - Offers many resources for students revising for their GCSEs including: GCSE revision notes and practice questions, a GCSE bookshop, GCSE help and advice and the take a break section
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Exam Revision Techniques
We hope students will find the documents below useful. They cover various revision techniques that students could use to improve their performance in exams to give them the best chance of being successful at what is a very challenging time for them: