Homework at Meadowhead
High quality homework is an integral part of your child’s education at Meadowhead and has been shown to have a number of key benefits:
- It improves memory: a lot of our homework at Meadowhead is devoted to building long-term memory by asking students to revise what was learnt and quizzing students to help them recall information.
- It helps to practice skills learnt in lesson. This might be the skill of writing an essay in English or practicing techniques in Art. Whatever the skill, we improve with practice.
- It helps develop positive study skills and habits that will be essential when it comes to revising for GCSE exams. Getting into good habits in Key Stage 3 will help your child be more able to make the transition to revising for GCSE exams.
It is not surprising that, given these benefits, the latest research suggests that completing regular homework at secondary school adds five months to a child’s learning each year.
This term, at Meadowhead, we are making a concerted push to improve the quantity of homework completed by our students. Homework clubs are already in place to support students with homework in a number of subjects. These are now being expanded so that there will be a homework club each night after school where students can complete homework with the support of a member of staff. In addition, students who frequently fail to complete homework will be asked to attend homework club every day for a two week period to improve their study habits.
How to support your child with Homework
- Please logon to ClassCharts and discuss any homework that is due with your child.
- Ensure your child understands the homework and if there are any problems or difficulties with the homework, please be in touch with your Head of Year to let us know.
- Provide a quiet place for your child to complete homework, without distractions from phones, TVs or computer games.
- Encourage your child with praise for completing homework.
- Promote revision strategies that help recall information from memory, such as brain dumps, ‘Read, Cover, Write, Check’ or flash cards.
- Encourage your child to make use of the homework clubs to help develop good learning habits.
Please be in touch with the school if you have any questions or have difficulties accessing ClassCharts or the other online tools we use.