Year 7 Homework Plan – September Half Term
Art – Students will be studying Picasso’s full name, 6 examples of his cubist portraits and Images of student’s favourite things-football badges, food, animals etc.
English – Students will be given words to learn for a spelling test each week. They should also read for 30 minutes each day.
French – All students receive a learning homework one week and a reading or writing homework the next. This half term they will be learning how to introduce themselves, numbers and classroom objects. They may also be set homework to complete homework online on Doddle.
Geography – In the autumn term Year 7 Students will be studying the Where am I? topic which introduces the students to the subject of Geography and explores their own personal knowledge and understanding of Geography. Homework will be set based on the work undertaken in class.
History – Students have to complete an individual enquiry about a Roman soldier. They will write an historical letter that imagines that they were a member of the Roman military and identify facts about the Romans in general and describe their day to day life. Students will also explain and analyse the key reasons for the success of the Roman army. Their work will be assessed for the standard of presentation, literacy, research and content as well as its creativity. This work will be discussed in class with students. It is an individual piece of work so cannot be done with a partner or group.
Computing – In computing, homework will be research based and will be set as required to support class work. Over the first half term students will be asked to begin to think about how computers work. They will be writing algorithms to support their classwork.
Maths – Homework will be set at least once a fortnight, usually in the form of a Doddle task. Additional revision homework may be set as required.
Music – Students will learn how to read and write music. They will be using several strategies on how to achieve this. The ‘Hand of Music’ will be used to secure learning. They will then move on to the ‘Elements of Music’ (texture, dynamics, duration, pitch etc.). They will then need to revise for a written and practical test.
PE – Students may be asked to complete tasks where appropriate to extend learning for a particular activity.
Food – Students need to complete a range of activities from the ‘Saint Pius Snacks homework menu’. This pro-forma will be used for each unit of work in Y7 and Y8, all students will have the option of a ‘starter’, ‘main’, ‘dessert’ with each task allotted a points value. Pupils must accrue a minimum of 3 points for each unit of work, extra work is encouraged and may be rewarded by the class teacher. A pro-forma of the ‘menu’ will be on the VLE.
Science – Homework this half term relates to the units taught during this period. Homework will be set every fortnight with the first homework relating to working safely in a laboratory. The other homework’s are based on unit studied by students. Usually the homework will be on doddle which can be done either at home or on a computer in school at lunchtime. There will be an end of unit test approximately every 4 weeks and one homework will be revision for the test.
Technology – In food technology, student will be introduced to skills of cooking and will have homework based on researching keywords which are appropriate to the recipes they are making, this reinforces the technical elements of making food products. In Product design student will be investigating the design process and will produce research to suit their chosen theme.

Year 8 Homework Plan – September Half Term

Art – Students will be set tasks on six Celtic animals, Illuminated letters for each animal and a variety of Celtic patterns.
English – Students will be given words to learn for a spelling test each week.  They should also read for 30 minutes each day.
Geography – In the autumn term Year 8 Students will be studying the fragile ecosystem of Antarctica. They will complete a homework project lasting for four weeks. The completion date for this work is the 2nd December 2013.
History – Students have to complete an individual enquiry about the wives of Henry VIII. They will produce a project that demonstrates an understanding of each of Henry’s six wives and is able to explain and analyse why Henry married so many times. Students can present their work in a variety of formats – as a model or as a written piece (for example a diary). Their work will be assessed for the standard of presentation, literacy, research and content as well as its creativity. This work will be discussed in class with students. It is an individual piece of work so cannot be done with a partner or group.
Computing – In computing, homework will be involve discussions at home regarding best practice use of computers and computer security.
Maths – Homework will be set at least once a fortnight, usually in the form of a Doddle task. Additional revision homework may be set as required.
Music – Students will learn about Blues & Jazz music in music. They will have a series of listening tests for them to be able to understand Blues and Jazz Music. They will then write out a piece of Blues music and their will need to include intro, outro and at least 4 musical elements for their practical test. They will be peer assessing other students in their class. Written and practical assessment will be undertaken for this topic.
PE – Students may be asked to complete tasks where appropriate to extend learning for a particular activity.
Food – Students need to complete a range of activities from the ‘Saint Pius Snacks homework menu’. This pro-forma will be used for each unit of work in Y7 and Y8, all students will have the option of a ‘starter’, ‘main’, ‘dessert’ with each task allotted a points value. Pupils must accrue a minimum of 3 points for each unit of work, extra work is encouraged and may be rewarded by the class teacher. A pro-forma of the ‘menu’ will be on the VLE.
Spanish – All groups in Y8 receive a learning homework one week and a reading or writing homework the next. Students will be learning how to describe themselves and others and how to talk about where they live. Students may also be set work online on Doddle.
Science – Each year 8 group will receive homework once every two weeks. This homework is generally set using doddle but may be written. Doddle homework can be completed either on a computer at home or on a computer in school at lunchtimes. The homework set will be based on the unit that students are studying at the time. In addition students will be expected to revise for end of unit examinations.
Technology – In food technology, homework will be based on a nutritional project which involves creating an information power point to be aimed at others. Nutrition is a key element of the year 8 course. In Product design students will be investigating the design process this involves students to research based on their chosen theme for homework and use it lessons to analyse existing product.

Year 9 Homework Plan – September Half Term

Art – Students will be set tasks on six animals native to Australia, the same 6 animals in Aboriginal paintings and examples of Aboriginal pattern
English – Students will be given a range of reading and writing activities on the text Of Mice and Men.
Geography – In the autumn term Year 9 students will be studying the future of tourism. They will complete a Homework project lasting for four weeks.
History – Students have to complete an individual enquiry about the sinking of the Titanic. They must identify and describe the key features of the ship and explain and analyse the reasons for its sinking. Their work will be assessed for the standard of presentation, literacy, research and content as well as its creativity. This work will be discussed in class with students. It is an individual piece of work so cannot be done with a partner or group.
Computing – In computing, homework will be research based and will be set as required to support class work. Over the first half term students will be focussing on Moore’s law and its impact on technology.
Maths – MathsWatch homework will be set at least once a fortnight. Additional revision homework may be set as required.
MFL – All groups in Y9 doing the FCSE course receive a learning homework one week and a reading or writing homework the next. GCSE students in Y9 will receive a piece of homework every week which might include a piece of reading or writing in addition to some vocabulary learning. Students studying FCSE will be covering work about holidays. GCSE Students will be learning how to talk about themselves and others.
PE – Students may be asked to complete tasks where appropriate to extend learning for a particular activity.
Performing Arts – Students will continue to secure their knowledge in their chosen discipline. Developing their skills so they are confident and competent in their performing work. They will develop a piece of performing work that be performed for the class, using multiple skills of their chosen discipline.
RE – In order to support the learning of students in class, homework in Y9-11 is geared towards the GCSE curriculum. This homework is set at the teacher’s discretion and will be either focussed on learning keywords and concepts or exam practice, modelling and drafting answers for class assessments. In the term from September – December the following topics are taught; Prejudice and discrimination / Attitudes to drugs and their use / Christian perspectives on sexuality.
Science – All students will start to cover work related to their GCSE Science qualifications. The students will study a total of 6 units over the whole year and these will last 6 weeks each. The homework set will be a combination of doddle based work and written work. The topics for the homework depend upon the unit being studied at that time. In addition homework to revise for the end of unit tests will be set every 6 weeks.
Technology – In food technology, homework will be to research the health and safety around the food environment looking at health and safety not only in their own environment but also in an industrial setting. In product design students will be investigating the design process and a homework to research ergonomic factors will be set.

Year 10 Homework Plan – September Half Term

Art – Students will be set work on six images (each) of the work of Angie Lewin wild plants prints, Orla Keily designs based on natural forms, Henri Matisse cut outs, David Hockney ipad flowers, Karl Blossfeldt B&W photography and their own photographs of plants, leaves, flowers, shells etc.
English – Students will be given research and reading activities for the relevant GCSE Literature text they are studying.
Drama – Students will secure their devising work for their practical exam. They will also prepare/revise for their written exam In Devising work. They will then secure their skills for component 2. Also, use Bitesize and resources on the VLE for revision.
Film Studies – Students will need to do independent research on the horror film genre in order to create their own horror film segment. Homework will involve note taking and annotation of still shots from key scenes in the film ‘Let the right one in’ (Swedish version 2008).
Geography – Students are studying Land and Rivers. Homework will be set each week and will involve essays and revision for assessments.
History – Year 10 History students will be given homework on a weekly basis to support their learning in preparation for their Paper One, Section 1 mock exam towards the end of the academic year. They will complete a combination of timed essays and sample exam questions on America during the 1920s and 1930s. Key topics will include Isolationism, The Economic Boom of the 1920s, The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and its impact on America, The Great Depression of the early 1930s and FDR and the New Deal.
Computing – Homework will be set as required to support class work. Over the first half term students will be asked to complete a number of written homeworks on the architecture of computer systems.
Maths – MathsWatch homework will be set at least once a fortnight. Additional revision homework may be set as required.
MFL – Students in KS4 receive a piece of homework every week which might include a piece of reading or writing in addition to some vocabulary learning.
PE – In the first half term students will complete an assignment on anatomy and physiology. In the second half term they will complete an assignment on movement analysis.
RE – In order to support the learning of sudents in class, homework in Y10 is geared towards the GCSE curriculum. This homework is set at the teacher’s discretion and will be either focussed on learning keywords and concepts or exam practice, modelling and drafting answers for class assessments. In the term from September – December the following topics are taught; Scientific and religious views on the creation of the Universe / Evolution / Abortion / The Sanctity of human life / Catholic Social Justice Theory and different interpretations of the Bible.
Science – Homework for the first week of term will be revision for the test students will be taking on the 13th of September. This test will decide which group students will be in during year 10. All students will have three separate science teachers delivering units in Biology, chemistry and Physics each week. Students will be set homework roughly every three lessons in each subject. The homework will be a combination of past paper questions and doddle based assessments. The doddle assessments can be done either on a computer at home or during lunchtime in school.
Technology – This half term students will be required to research features from their chosen GCSE design task.

Year 11 Homework Plan – September Half Term

Art – Students will be set work on six images (each) of the work of Angie Lewin wild plants prints, Orla Keily designs based on natural forms, Henri Matisse cut outs, David Hockney ipad flowers, Karl Blossfeldt B&W photography and their own photographs of plants, leaves, flowers, shells etc.
English – For paper 1 students will be given reading tasks and revision for mock exams. There will also be vocabulary challenges set each week.
Drama – Students will secure their devising work for their practical exam. They will also prepare/revise for their written exam In Devising work. They will then secure their skills for component 2. Also, use Bitesize and resouces on the VLE for revision.
Geography – Students are completing their controlled assessment and will be studying Land and Rivers. Homework will be set each week and will involve research work, essays and revision for assessments.
History – Year 11 History students will be given homework on a weekly basis to support their learning in preparation for their Paper One mock exam in December. They will complete a combination of timed essays and sample exam questions on the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations and Causes of World War Two.
Computing – Homework will be set as required to support class work. For Assessment 1, students will be given tasks to support the first of the examination programming assignments.
Maths – Weekly homework will be set in the form of a MathsWatch or written task. Students are also required to work through the PiXL Maths App at the appropriate grades.
Media – This term students will be working on film editing and creating a group thriller film. Homework will involve working through a research checklist of independent research.
MFL – Students in KS4 receive a piece of homework every week which might include a piece of reading or writing in addition to some vocabulary learning.
PE – In the first half term students will complete an assessment on Sport Psychology. In the second half term they will complete an assessment on socio-cultural influences on sport.
RE – In order to support the learning of sudents in class, homework in Y11 is geared towards the GCSE curriculum. This homework is set at the teacher’s discretion and will be either focussed on learning keywords and concepts or exam practice, modelling and drafting answers for class assessments.
In the term from September- December the following topics are taught to students. Beliefs about life after death/ Magisterium/ Vatican 2/ crime and punishment/ redemption.
Science – All students will have three separate science teachers delivering units in Biology, chemistry and Physics each week. Students will be set homework roughly every three lessons in each subject. The homework will be a combination of past paper questions and doddle based assessments. The doddle assessments can be done either on a computer at home or during lunchtime in school.
Technology – This half term students will be required to develop features from their chosen GCSE design task. Revision and SAM Learning will play a key part of homework for year 11s.