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            North Berwick
             High School




  Homework Policy



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                     North Berwick High School
                         Homework Policy
Aims of homework
Homework is a central feature of school life. It can make a meaningful
contribution to the pupils’ learning experiences through reinforcement or
review of classroom learning. It can also help promote good home-school
links through making parents aware of the nature of the work done by their
children in the classroom.

Objectives of Homework
Homework should help pupils to
   Reinforce and consolidate work done in school
   Prepare for school assessments and examinations
   Develop good study habits
   Provide a link between home and school, giving parents the
      opportunity to be involved with their children’s learning
   Highlight any difficulties they are experiencing
   Promote self-confidence

Forms of Homework
Homework can take various forms and the type of homework will vary from
subject to subject. Homework may take the form of:
    Written exercises
    Observation and recording
    Study in preparation for class work or assessment
    Research for later class work
    Writing up, or completion of classwork
    General reading to enhance knowledge, understanding and experience
    Listening exercises

Frequency of Homework
The length of time spent on homework will vary from child to child and will
depend upon year stage and the subjects studied.

It is important that the homework or study habit is developed from first year
with pupils working towards at least one hour per night of homework by the
end of S1. This should increase throughout S2, reaching a level of up to two
hours during third year, depending on the particular course chosen. Senior
pupils should be applying themselves regularly and consistently to private
study at home. This should form a considerable part of each evening and
parts of the weekend. It is anticipated that examination preparation would
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It is not school policy to timetable homework nights for specific subjects.
Rather, Departments are asked to issue reasonable amounts of homework
and to ensure that at least one week’s notice is given in the case of major
pieces of homework. Homework will not be issued for 2 weeks prior to
examinations, to allow students to prepare adequately.

Supporting Homework
The partnership between home and school can be clearly seen in the case of
homework. Success depends upon both home and school providing support
and encouragement to pupils.

Role of the pupil
    To bring their homework diary to school on a daily basis
    To note details of homework in their homework diary
    To hand in homework on time
    To ensure homework is completed to the best of their ability
    To plan time effectively so that help can be requested if required

Role of Parent
    To try to assist the child with a suitable place for homework to be
      completed quietly and undisturbed
    To check that the homework diary is being regularly and properly used
    To encourage their child to complete homework neatly and hand in on
      time
    To help their child to establish a homework routine and not to leave
      everything until the night before it is due
    To encourage productive use of homework time even when homework
      has not been set by the school e.g. reading programmes, research,
      and revision
    To communicate with the school on any problems which relate to
      homework
    To take a positive and active interest in what is being done
    To reinforce the value of homework

Role of the school
    To provide a homework diary to help pupils plan, organise and manage
      their homework
    To provide opportunities for pupils to study outwith class time through
      the use of the library, homework club, subject study classes and Easter
      revision programmes
    To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the policy to ensure a
      consistent and effective approach to homework

Role of subject departments
    To ensure that the agreed department policy is adhered to
    To promote a positive attitude to homework and to develop high
      expectations
    To give guidance to staff on assessment, differentiation and so on




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Role of the subject teacher
    To ensure that appropriate homework is set and regularly assessed
    To insist that homework diaries are placed on desks at the start of each
      class
    To stop a minute or two before the end of the class and issue
      homework. Make clear what is to be done, how it is to be done and
      when it is due
    To ensure that homework is attainable and differentiated according to
      pupil ability
    To insist on a high standard
    To provide feedback to the student with suggestions for future
      improvement
    To use the whole school system for non-completion of homework. This
      will then inform parents, guidance and SMT that there is a problem.

Role of the guidance teacher
    To teach pupils how to plan, organise and manage their homework
    To check regularly that pupils are using their homework diaries
      effectively and follow up those who are not
    To monitor and follow up department concerns regarding non -
      completion of homework

Failure to hand in homework
In order to develop a positive attitude towards homework and to develop the
high expectations of staff, it is important that a clear, fair policy is applied
consistently, and that pupils are made aware of this. If homework is not
handed in on time, the pupil must hand it in at the following lesson or on the
following day. If this does not happen, a letter will be sent home to inform
parents and to ask them to ensure that the homework is completed.



A summary of homework by subject and by year stage is provided in the
following section.




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ART & DESIGN
S1/2
At the discretion of the teacher, pupils may be asked to complete homework
which may be practical or written work or could take the form of collection of
materials or gathering information.

A major part of practical homework is based around observed drawing but
many other activities can be set.

Clear instructions and good exemplar materials should be used to set
standards.

Duration:             S1 – 35 minutes
                      S2 – 40 minutes
Frequency:            Weekly

S3/4
Standard Grade homework will vary in frequency and content depending on
which type of unit is being undertaken.

Practical homework can take the form of observed drawing, collecting
information or information gathering.

As part of their Critical Activity, pupils will be given written work on a regular
basis. This will be undertaken as a compulsory part of each practical unit.

Duration:          This will vary according to the activity being set but should
                   average approximately 50 minutes per week.

S5/6
Higher and Intermediate courses are expected to produce both practical and
written homework on a regular basis but this will vary according to the units
that are being undertaken.

Observed drawing is a key aspect of practical homework but a variety of other
activities, especially in the Design unit, will be set. All pupils will be given
regular homework and staff may negotiate individual homework with pupils.

Art and Design Studies written homework will be issued regularly throughout
the course.

Duration and Frequency:          1 hour per week




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Advanced Higher
At this level pupils are expected to produce regular homework which relates to
their chosen field of study. This homework should be discussed and
negotiated on an individual basis with pupils. It may take the form of practical
or written work and should clearly relate to their selected topic.

Self-motivation and interest in the subject are key to homework at Advanced
Higher and all pupils will be encouraged to make good use of their sketch
books, produce observed drawings and create finished pieces of folio work.
Pupils will be encouraged to take responsibility for negotiating their homework
with staff.

Attendance of evening or weekend art classes can be considered as
homework if it supports classwork.

Duration and Frequency:    Approximately 2 hours per week

If homework is to be effective it is essential that all homework should be
marked promptly with feedback given to pupils. This may be done in the form
of marks or comments, a copy of which should be kept by staff.


BIOLOGY
S3/4 Standard Grade
The homework exercises for each unit are on the school’s website and should
be attempted on a weekly basis. The majority of these comprise of
examination style questions, and provide an opportunity to consolidate
knowledge and understanding of recent work, and to practise problem solving
skills. Pupils are expected to spend time referring to their class notes and
textbooks when completing this work, which should take around 30 minutes.
Written exercises from the textbook can also be issued. In addition to formal
exercises, pupils are expected to spend time reviewing lessons, again using
their notes and textbooks. Preparation for end of topic tests is also required
periodically.

Intermediate 1
Written homework is issued regularly, consisting of examination style
questions and other exercises intended to consolidate knowledge and
understanding of recent work, and to give practice in problem solving skills.
These exercises should take around 30 minutes. Preparation for end of Unit
tests is also required periodically.

S5 Higher
Homework is the responsibility of students at Higher level. The homework
exercises for each unit are on the school’s website and should be attempted
on a weekly basis. The exercises consist of examination style questions,
some being structured questions selected from past papers. These provide an
opportunity to consolidate knowledge and understanding of recent work, and
to practise problem solving skills. Others are extended writing exercises in


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the style encountered in the national examination. Reading of class notes
and textbooks is essential for completion of these exercises, which should
take up to one hour. In addition to formal exercises, pupils are expected to
spend time reviewing lessons, again using their notes and textbooks. They
are also encouraged to access SCHOLAR on-line materials. Preparation for
end of Unit tests is also required periodically.

Intermediate 2
Written homework is issued regularly, and includes exercises from the
textbook, and consolidation sheets, which support knowledge and
understanding of recent work, and provide practice in problem solving skills.
Reading of class notes and textbooks is essential for completion of these
exercises, which should take up to one hour. In addition to formal exercises,
pupils are expected to spend time reviewing lessons, again using their notes
and textbooks. Preparation for end of Unit tests is also required periodically.


BUSINESS EDUCATION
S2 - Business, Enterprise and Finance
Pupils will complete two homework projects during the course. These
projects are currently on Global Businesses and British Banks.
Pupils are expected to read over their work booklets at home in preparation
for end of topic assessments.

S3 and S4 – Business Management and Administration
Pupils will complete formal written homework exercises for each topic of the
course. These exercises will be based on recent past paper questions.
The formal homework exercises are available on the department weblog –
http://edubuzz.org/blogs/busednb
In addition to the formal exercises pupils are expected to spend at least half
an hour each week reading over class and course notes and more time in
preparation for internal assessments.

S5 and S6 - Business Management and Administration
In addition to completing activities started in class, pupils will complete a
number of formal written homework exercises for each unit of the course.
These exercises will be based on recent past paper questions.
The formal homework exercises are available on the department weblog –
http://edubuzz.org/blogs/busednb
Pupils are also expected to spend at least one hour each week reading over
class and course notes.
Pupils should also regularly read the business section of a quality newspaper
and are encouraged to watch business related programmes shown on
television.




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CHEMISTRY
In all year groups pupils are expected to look over notes on a weekly basis
and catch up on any work missed.

Intermediate 1
Homework given regularly; it may be from the textbook, a research task or
revision for tests.

Standard Grade
Regular homework questions given; usually from the ‘Standard Grade
Chemistry’ textbook. These are exam style questions which provide pupils
with an opportunity to consolidate knowledge and understanding of recent
work and develop their problem solving skills. The textbook should be used
alongside their notes to answer these questions. Homework may also be
revision for tests and exams. In addition, pupils should be reading through
their notes at least once every week and using the textbook and
recommended websites to revise any areas which are causing difficulties.

Higher
Homework booklet issued with every topic consisting of a short 10 mark
exercise to be completed and self-marked after every lesson. Consolidation
homework is issued every 2 to 3 weeks which is handed in to be marked.
Revision homework consisting of past exam questions is also issued before
end of unit assessments and exams. In addition, all pupils should be reading
through their notes weekly. Pupils also have a textbook which should be used
alongside their notes to answer homework questions. The study questions at
the end of every textbook chapter can be used as extra revision if required.

Advanced Higher
Homework may be reading notes prior to a lesson, writing up PPA’s, past
paper questions, work from the scholar website or a research task. Advanced
Higher students will also be expected to use free periods to complete practical
tasks and to carry out their Investigation. Students should also spend time
every week reading through their notes, scholar books or on-line resources.


CLASSICS
Latin
In language learning it is necessary to spend time consolidating classwork in
order to gain proficiency in the language. Therefore it is departmental policy
to give regular homework. This will normally be as a follow-up to classwork or
to reinforce and consolidate classwork.

S3
Homework twice per week of 30 minutes, learning vocabulary or grammar,
translation or project work.




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S4
Homework twice per week of 30-40 minutes, either set text, vocabulary,
grammar or sentence construction. In addition work should be done weekly
on the investigation.

S5/6
Homework four times per week of 30-40 minutes. This will involve reading or
preparation of the prescribed texts, answering interpretation questions and
practice in essays. These will be regular and essays will have notice of at
least one week. There will also be consolidation of vocabulary, grammar and
sentence construction on a weekly basis.

S5/6 Higher Classical Studies
There will be regular essays at the end of each play or topic. Advance notice
of two weeks will normally be given. Practical Analysis questions will also be
given. Other types of assignment, reading, research, consolidation and
revision will be given on a regular basis.


COMPUTING
S1
This is mainly a practical subject and pupils get one period a week.
Homework is given when appropriate in preparation for certain topics/
applications and for practising at home.

S3
Homework booklet and revision booklet issued. Approximately one
homework per 2 weeks (written). Revision for tests, exams and prelims.

S4
Homework booklet and revision booklet issued. Approximately one
homework per 2 weeks (written). Revision for tests, exams and prelims.

Int 2
Two homework booklets, one per topic. Given as required. Revision for
tests, assessments and exams.

Higher
2 homework booklets, one per topic. Given as required. Revision for tests,
assessments and exams.




CRAFT, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Introduction




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Homework is an essential part of the CDT curriculum, especially where there
are many different subject areas and topics, Through regular and targeted
homework assignments, pupils will be encouraged to develop good study
habits, maintain interest in projects and consolidate the work done in class.

The policy of the CDT department is to issue regular and appropriate
homework to all years, setting standards in S1 for layout, submission, marking
and feedback which will establish trends to be further consolidated in later
years.

The CDT department will follow School Policy on homework with the under
noted specific additions.

S1/2 Common Course
Research, written and graphics tasks which should take 15-30 minutes to
complete will be issued approximately every two weeks dependent on the
course being undertaken at the time i.e. for Craft and Design, Technological
Studies or Graphic Communication.

Standard Grade Courses
Homework will be issued on a regular basis as required for each standard
grade course. Tasks will be designed to be completed in about 30 minutes.
The main purpose of these tasks will be to consolidate and reinforce the work
done in class although there will also be a small number of assignments to
encourage independent research in preparation for final projects.

Higher Courses
Pupils following Higher courses will be issued with homework on a regular
basis and expected to spend around one hour per week completing set
assignments normally related to the current topic being studied at that time.
These homework assignments should be used to consolidate the work done
in class but there will be a growing expectation that pupils extend their work
beyond the classroom particularly where the context of the work is important.
Homework exercises will, where possible, be based on SQA type examination
papers to allow pupils to develop the required exam technique and become
familiar with the standards required of them. It will be emphasised that it is
the pupil’s responsibility for completing homework and a more adult approach
is encouraged in the senior school.




ENGLISH

During the course of every academic session, each student is expected to do
the following:



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        Regular personal reading (a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a
         week.) Ideally this should be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Texts
         can be accessed from libraries (school or town), home or friends.
        Catching up with work missed because of absence
        Finish work that is not completed in class
        Look over jotter work as much as possible (particularly in the senior
         school)
        Preparation for either a written or oral task in class
        Solo and group talk preparation (timed practices are helpful)
        Detailed note taking on text (Quotation searches/Evaluation
         statements) to help develop knowledge of the text
        Homework will be seen by students as a natural extension of their
         schoolwork and should be completed by the given date handed out by
         the teacher
        All homework should be recorded in the pupil planners

Below is a list of things that you can do at home in your spare time to enrich
your understanding and appreciation of English:

        Read widely
        Visit an art gallery and research the life of your favourite artist
        Take a trip to the theatre
        Go to the cinema and write a review of the film
        Join a library
        Visit the National Library of Scotland
        Write a book review for the school website
        Read the same book as another member of your family and discuss it
        Recommend a book to someone
        Form a book group with your friends
        Find out about the North Berwick witches
        Visit the website of your favourite author
        Interview an older friend, relative or neighbour and find out about their
         childhood
        Read a book by a Scottish author
        Watch a DVD of a Shakespearean play
        Visit a book shop and choose a book for your next birthday/Christmas
        Write a letter to your favourite sports star/pop star/actor/author
        Write a thank-you letter to a friend/relative
        Send a postcard to a relative or friend
        Log your thoughts in a diary /journal for a month
        Make a scrap book following a news item that you are interested in
        Choose a news story and compare the way that it is communicated
         through the newspaper, on the TV, radio, and internet
        Make a scrap book of your favourite author/actor/pop star/sports star
        Visit a museum and fill out a comments form
        Write a letter to a friend or relative, telling them about a recent
         adventure
        Watch/go to a sporting event and write a review of it
        Write to a newspaper or magazine about an issue you feel strongly
         about


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        Do crosswords and other word/spelling puzzles
        Read a newspaper regularly, particularly columnists
        Choose a recipe, and make it
        Help your parents construct flat pack furniture
        Play Scrabble
        Read a book of poems
        Write some poems
        Join a drama group
        Write and perform a play with your friends

www.highlandschools-virtualib.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/learning

www.channel4leaerning.com

www.english-online.org.uk/games/gamezone2.htm

www.funeasyenglish.com


GEOGRAPHY
S1
Regular homework will be issued throughout the course. This will preferably
be one piece per week although that will depend on the unit being studied.
The tasks will include reinforcement of work covered in class, individual
research into topics and revision for unit tests.

S2
The nature of the course in S2 means weekly homework is unrealistic.
However, there are excellent opportunities to introduce pupils to research
skills by setting an extended homework project – to be completed over
several weeks – for each of the units studied. Often these projects will benefit
from Internet research but, where this is impossible, the department can
provide materials for pupils to work from. Other homework may consist of
revision of unit tests

Intermediate
Pieces of written homework per week as appropriate. Pupils will also be
expected to spend time reinforcing work covered in the class and revising for
unit tests and exams. Occasionally, independent research requiring access to
the internet, either at home or at school, may be required.

Intermediate Travel and Tourism
Homework may include past paper questions, finishing off work begun in
class or reviewing notes in preparation for exams and assessments. During
the autumn term, work can always be carried out on the assessed folio if no
other homework is issued.



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Higher
Pupils will be expected to take a high degree of responsibility for their own
learning and progress. Homework may be issued on a weekly basis from
either past papers or unit booklets. Often, homework will be finishing tasks
begun in class to ensure notes are kept fully up-to-date. There may also be
small research projects issued from time to time. There is never an occasion
for no homework. If none is formally issued the time should be spent
reviewing notes in preparation for assessments and exams.

Advanced Higher
The Critical Issue and Geographical Study require large amounts of individual
research and preparation outwith the classroom.


HISTORY AND MODERN STUDIES
S1
In S1 pupils will have one piece of homework per week, which should last
approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Some pieces of homework are part of our
formal assessment programme and more time will be allocated to these. Staff
monitor the use of homework diaries when homework is allocated. Positive
referrals and stamps will be used to reward homework of a consistently high
standard. Failure to complete homework is recorded in the class profile. The
first time homework is forgotten a verbal warning is issued and completed
homework returned at registration the following day. Parents are required to
sign jotters if the pupil fails to complete homework at the second attempt.
Lines are issued on the third occasion that homework is not completed in a
term. Homework letters, Principal Teacher referrals and whole school
detentions will be used if the system is abused.

S2
In S2 pupils will have at least one piece of homework per week, which should
last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Some pieces of homework are part of
our formal assessment programme and more time will be allocated to these.
Staff monitor the use of homework diaries when homework is allocated.
Positive referrals and stamps will be used to reward homework of a
consistently high standard. Failure to complete homework is recorded in the
class profile. The first time homework is forgotten a verbal warning is issued
and completed homework returned at registration the following day. Parents
are required to sign jotters if the pupil fails to complete homework at the
second attempt. Lines are issued on the third occasion that homework is not
completed in a term. Homework letters, Principal Teacher referrals and whole
school detentions will be used if the system is abused.

Standard Grade
Homework is issued at least once a week. It will take the form of; workbook
tasks, completion of classwork, knowledge and understanding and enquiry
skills practice questions, and revision. Homework is closely monitored and
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teacher in monitoring progress towards their final grade. Completion of
homework is essential and rewarded via praise and positive referrals. If
homework is not completed after a verbal reminder, the Principal Teacher is
informed and will determine the appropriate sanction and inform Parent / Year
Head / Guidance.

S5/6
In the senior school students are issued with homework several time a week.
Homework takes the form of; course work, essay skills, source-handling skills,
revision, reading and exam preparation. A high standard of work is expected
and will be rewarded appropriately. The department will regularly monitor
homework and if a pattern of non-completion of homework emerges, this will
be dealt with by the Principal Teacher, appropriate Year Head and Guidance.
In extreme cases parents will be notified through the early warning system


HOME ECONOMICS
S1
Homework will be issued on a weekly basis in S1 and will vary in length
depending on Task (20 – 30 minutes)

a)   worksheets relating to classwork
b)   completion of classwork (where resources allow)
c)   preparatory research for a class lesson
d)   research for investigative exercises for project work
e)   revision for end of unit tests

S2
S2 students are expected to be more independent learners and much of their
homework will take many weeks to complete (research/project work). They
should spend 30-40 minutes each week on this task. Clear guidance will be
given to students regarding content.

S3/4
Homework should be set regularly throughout the study of a unit of work (1
hour approximately per week).

Homework may consist of:

a)   Completion of class work (where resources allow)
b)   Investigative research work
c)   Enhancement of revision of classwork e.g. case studies
d)   Practical investigation demands independent work at home
e)   Work from past examination papers

S5/6
Homework will be set as necessary where preparation is required for end of
unit assessments and external examination. Students are expected to keep
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collection of data or information from the Internet, books, magazines,
commercial outlets or television, in relation to unit studied, will be required.


MATHEMATICS
 Marking
Homework will be marked in accordance with the principles of Assessment for
Learning :

              -    comment only – no grades (though these may be recorded by
                   the class teacher)
              -    useful comments that highlight areas of success, point out areas
                   which need work AND provide meaningful strategies for pupils
                   to close the gap between their current performance and where
                   they are aiming to be

S1/2
Finishing off exercises and a hand-in homework every 2-3 weeks

S3/4/5/6
 Regular extra practice, investigative tasks from time to time and a hand-in
homework every 1-2 weeks


MODERN LANGUAGES

All pupils will have homework every week. Vocabulary learning is essential at
all levels. While this may not be set specifically, it should be understood by
pupils and parent that it is the individual pupil’s responsibility to learn and
consolidate vocabulary to ensure progress. Parents may support pupils’
learning by checking their homework and signing written work. A dictionary is
needed for some pieces of homework. Use of the Modern Languages blog is
recommended to support and enhance pupil learning. In particular the
weblink section has self-verifiable exercises which underpin classroom
learning (see school website).

S1
Regular vocabulary learning (new words, phrases and grammar items).
Reading, written work, (and preparation for tests) will also be set.

S2
As above, with reading/writing tasks becoming more extended.

S3
As above. A variety of reading tasks may be set, written preparation SQA
writing Folios and oral assessments is essential. A dictionary is definitely
required and should be purchased.

S4


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As S3. Increasing personal responsibility for meeting deadlines is given to
pupils.

S5/6
Weekly preparation and consolidation most importantly preparing extended
speaking and writing assessments, grammar practice, on-going revision.
Vocabulary now includes set phrases and idioms. Students increasingly
accept responsibility for their learning, and for managing their time and pace
of work.

Advanced Higher
Students are expected to consolidate classwork and widen their knowledge
through investigation and research on the set topics. Regular contact with
authentic resources in the language studied is highly recommended.
Students also have tasks associated with literature and film studies. In
addition to the taught periods, students should spend at least two hours per
week engaged in self-study.




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MUSIC
S1/2
One project to be completed each term. Helpsheets are available for these
projects.

S3/4
At least three hours per week (a substantial amount of this will be practice).

S5/6
At least four hours per week (a substantial amount of this will be practice).


PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Standard Grade
Homework is set on a weekly basis and should take around 30 minutes to
complete. This involves answering questions from textbooks, question books,
worksheets and past papers which relate directly to the experiences gained in
the practical, as well as the theoretical sessions. Pupils are also directed to
internet sites on occasions, to further their knowledge as well as for revision
purposes. Pupils are expected to spend time referring to class notes and
textbooks to aid the completion of homework. Teacher marking, pupil marking
and whole class group marking are the common methods used which aid both
the pupils and the teacher in assessing progress towards the final grade.

S5/6
Homework is set on a weekly basis and should take around one hour to
complete. Homework exercises are developed to aid pupils in the
consolidation of analysis of performance content taught in class. This
knowledge can then be applied to past paper questions, tasks set within the
classroom and independent reading. There will be a growing expectation that
pupils extend their knowledge through extensive use of media, for example
internet investigation and research of newspaper articles. Homework papers,
where possible, will be based around SQA exam questions to develop pupils’
answering techniques and their understanding of the standards expected.

Core
Core PE is a practical experiential setting where no written homework is
expected of the pupils.


PHYSICS
Standard Grade

Homework booklets for each unit are on the school’s website. Homework
exercises must be completed by the end of the unit. Homework can be peer
marked, self marked, or by the teacher. In addition to formal exercises, pupils
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resources. Preparation for end of topic tests and exams is also required
periodically.

Higher
Homework is the responsibility of students at Higher level. The homework for
each unit is on the school’s website along with fully worked solutions.
Homework jotters may be inspected occasionally. Class tests are based on
the homework. In addition, pupils are expected to spend time reviewing
lessons using their notes and web resources. Preparation for end of topic
tests and exams is also required periodically.

Advanced Higher
A series of tutorials and homework tasks are issued at the beginning of each
unit. Students are expected to complete approximately one homework per
week, which they will mark themselves. In addition, students are expected to
spend time reviewing lessons using their notes and web resources.
Preparation for end of topic tests and exams is also required periodically.


RELIGIOUS, MORAL & PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
S1/2
Homework is given on a regular basis but the type and frequency of
homework will vary with the nature of the topics explored in class and the
learning methods used. Homework assignments include constructing reports,
researching topics, investigating issues, completing questionnaires, revision
for assessments and consolidating work done in class.

Intermediate1/Intermediate2
Homework will mainly consist of consolidating class work and revising for the
assessments which are given on a regular basis.

Higher/Advanced Higher
Homework is given on a regular and consistent basis with the aim of
consolidating the work completed in class and allowing the opportunity to
practice the skills necessary to make appropriate progress in the subject.
Assignments will vary in nature but will include analysing texts, evaluating
philosophical arguments, critical thinking exercises, developing writing skills
and revising for assessments. Students are given an early warning of larger
assignments so that time can be carefully planned.


SCIENCE
S1/2
Pupils are expected to look over their notes each week to identify any problem
areas. Written homework is issued regularly. Exercises are designed to
consolidate knowledge and understanding of recent class work, and to give
practice in problem solving skills. Pupils should spend time referring to their
class notes and textbooks when completing this work, which should take up to


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30 minutes. Written exercises from the textbook can also be issued, and
preparation for end of topic tests is also required periodically.


SUPPORT FOR PUPILS
The Pupil Support Department offers homework on an individual basis to
students to support their learning needs. It encourages parents’ involvement
with their children’s homework through phonecalls, liaison jotters or, more
conventionally, through homework diaries. Homework may be issued to
consolidate skills. Time spent on homework would be very brief - between 5
and 15 minutes per evening. Use of the homework club is recommended.
Pupils are supported in this by teachers and senior students.




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