STALHAM HIGH SCHOOL & HUMANITIES COLLEGE Homework Diary Year 9 Summer Term April – July 2011 It is recommended that all pupils in Year 9 spend one and three quarter hours every night doing their homework. If parents wish to see copies of subjects booklets referred to by departments, please let us know. STALHAM HIGH SCHOOL Year 9 Homework Timetable Summer 2011 Class Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Science Technology Geography Technology Maths 4 History Music IT PE English Art French Maths Science Music Technology English Technology 2 IT Geography PE History French Art Music History Technology Maths Technology Science 1 IT PE English PE French Geography French RE Art Technology Maths Technology Science 3 Geography PE English Art History Music French IT Homework will be set on the days stated here. However, it will not usually need to be completed that evening. In some cases students will have 1 week to complete tasks. Year 9 English What are the First half term: Pupils will be working from the Poetry Collection they must study for GCSE homework English and English Literature, leading up to their first GCSE controlled assessment. They will be tasks? given exercises to develop their understanding of poetry. Second half term: Pupils will be given writing tasks intended to sharpen up their writing skills before they sit two GCSE controlled assessments in July Pupils will be given any necessary homework guide sheets and booklets in the first week of each half-term. What is the The purpose of these tasks is to prepare pupils for the controlled assessments which go purpose of towards their marks for GCSE English language and English Literature. these tasks? How can Please check that pupils have read the homework guides thoroughly. These will contain lists of parents and websites and resources that will prove useful, and which you can help them access or acquire. carers help? Obviously, parents can help most by checking that pupils are doing the homework regularly and spending the right amount of time on it! Timetable w/c 25th April Work on a poem from Poetry Anthology 2nd May Work on a poem from Poetry Anthology 9th May Work on a poem from Poetry Anthology 16th May Work on a poem from Poetry Anthology 23rd May Preparation for Controlled Assessment 6th June Writing skills practice 13th June Writing skills practice 20th June Writing skills practice 27th June Writing skills practice 4th July Preparation for Controlled assessment: Descriptive writing 11th July Preparation for Controlled assessment: Narrative writing 18th July Literacy Festival Year 9 Maths The homework for Mathematics is given in the Homework booklet supplied to each What is the homework student, which can be found in the back of his/her exercise book, or from the „mymaths‟ task? website. The booklet name relates to the textbook the students primarily work form in class and is set at three levels. 3G gives homework for students working in Levels 4 – 6 3B for those working at levels 5 – 7 3R for those working at 6 – 8 (with further extension work available) Homework is set each week and is due between 4 and 6 days later (dependent on the timetable). What is the purpose of The purpose of homework tasks in Mathematics is either to reinforce or revise skills learnt the task? in lessons. How can parents and By ensuring you know the day of the week that your child‟s homework is due and carers help? encouraging them to complete it by that deadline. By encouraging your child to do the work as soon as it is set, so that they can seek extra help from their teacher, if it is needed, before the deadline date Encourage them to look at examples in their book if they are having difficulty If you are working with them, ask them to explain their maths to you. By encouraging extra practice of skills using such websites as bbc.co.uk/bitesize SAMlearning or mymaths Timetable w/c 25th April Revision 2nd May Revision/Y9 assessment 9th May Numbers and Powers 16th May Numbers and Powers 23rd May Selecting Data 6th June Selecting Data 13th June Trigonometry 20th June Trigonometry 27th June Interpreting and comparing data 4th July Interpreting and comparing data 11th July Festival 18th July Science Year 9 Due to the modular nature of science we have not been prescriptive here on the task to be set. All students will be set homework tasks for each unit. (This depends on which unit is being studied as to the precise task.) Each unit lasts for a term. The homework is designed to build on the work covered in the classroom as well as supporting and extending the concepts covered. For all sets the GCSE Core Science course has begun. This course encompasses the KS3 course and extends to a level which allows the students to sit two GCSE unit tests in November 2011. This allows the students who will follow the Triple Award option to get a head start. Please refer to the parents guide for more details. Unit number Unit content Biology 1 Cells, respiration, plants and body processes. Chemistry 1 Limestone, global warming, metals and their extraction. Physics 1 Light, space, waves, electricity and light Pupils must complete three tasks which follow a similar pattern: What is the 1. Information: Students will complete a mini research project. This allows all students to homework task? research and develop ideas. 2. Application: Students use the knowledge and skills acquired in the class room to further develop ideas by applying their knowledge to unknown situations. Typically a „How Science Works‟ task will be completed. Knowledge: This maybe a knowledge based worksheet or revision for a test What is the purpose Pupils will be learning how to apply and extend the knowledge they have acquired in of the task? class. It is an opportunity for all students to develop ideas, challenge misconceptions and consequently improve their attainment level. How can parents and By helping pupils to develop and research their ideas. Using IT, the local library or carers help? personal knowledge. By testing them on the material covered when revising. By checking that pupils are doing the homework regularly, spending the right amount of time on it, and that they know when they must hand in their work. www.samlearning.com is an excellent revision resource. Timetable All groups w/c 25th April Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 2nd May Progress tests 9th May Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 16th May Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 23rd May Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 6th June Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 13th June Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 20th June Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 4th July Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 11th July Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) 18th July Chemistry units. (periodic table, limestone, halogens and rates of reaction) Year 9 Geography There are a variety of tasks, some written and some not. Most tasks offer a choice in What is the homework either the level of difficulty or activity. They should refer to their more detailed task? homework sheet to check this. What is the purpose of Tasks are designed to reinforce knowledge and understanding of the topic. Some are the task? designed to practice student‟s independent learning skills. How can parents and Please try and make sure students do their homework each week. Some can be done carers help? quite quickly but more time spent planning and thinking helps improve the quality of work. Please check students have their homework plan & plastic wallet. Note: sometimes homework will unavoidably vary from the schedule below. Timetable w/c 25th April Title page and research for new topic 2nd May Literacy task 9th May Skills focus task 16th May Test 23rd May Investigation work 6th June Investigation work 13th June Title page & research for new topic 20th June Literacy task 27th June Investigation work 4th July Investigation work 11th July Investigation work 18th July N/A Year 9 History What is the homework Pupils have to complete 2 tasks each half term task? 1. Write a comparative study on Hitler and Stalin. 2. To research the Holocaust. 3. To write a quiz on Civil Rights 4. To produce a poster on changes in the world since WW2 What is the purpose of Pupils will be learning about the concept of Dictatorship, how the Holocaust was the task? allowed to happen, the advance in the rights of ordinary people and big changes in the world since 1945. How can parents and By ensuring pupils complete all tasks set. carers help? Timetable w/c 25th April Begin task 1 2nd May Continue task 1 9th May Complete task 1 16th May Begin task 2 23rd May Continue with task 2 6th June Finish task 2 13th June Begin task 3 20th June Continue with task 3 27th June Complete task 3 4th July Begin task 4 11th July Continue with task 4 18th July Complete task 4 Year 9 Religious Education Animal Rights & Religion- Within this topic students should be familiar with the key What is the homework teachings of Buddhism and Christianity and explore and develop their own views on task? issues related to animal rights. What is the purpose of 1. To show independent research skills, applying skills of selecting and using the task? relevant and specific information. 2. Provide evidence of knowledge and understanding of different opinions and teachings from different sources. 3. Revise and practise exam style questions. How can parents and Encourage students to keep up to date with current affairs by watching the news or carers help? reading newspapers. Ask questions on the information that students have produced to see whether they have retained the information that they have written about. Sit and test students from past exam papers and through BBC bite size on areas they find most challenging Websites – www.rspca.org.uk; www.greenpeace.org.uk; www.wwf.org.uk; www.guidedogs.org.uk; www.countryside-alliance.org.uk; www.league.org.uk; www.britishfur.co.uk; www.peta.org.uk; Other organisation to investigate or watch – BBC News & website, Channel 4, relevant TV programmes could include Panorama, Nature Programme and Local news. Timetable w/c 25th April Using the internet or a library, find out how other animal rights‟ campaigners protest on behalf of animals. Record your findings to use as examples in the examination. Deadline w/b 2nd May 2011 2nd May How and why are animals used as pets, transport, and work? Give examples for each and explain what Christian and Buddhist teachings would be for using animals in such ways. Present your work as an essay, poster or spider diagrams. Deadline w/b 9th May 2011 9th May Produce a revision guide to Christian and Buddhist Teachings and Beliefs on Animal Rights - Deadline w/b 16th May 2011 16th May Find out and record the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan. Explain why you think some people choose to be vegetarian or vegan. Deadline w/b 23rd May 2011 23rd May Exam style essay question – Is it right to ignore the way animals are used in food production? Explain your views carefully, showing that you have considered an alternative view to your own as well as Buddhist or Christian teachings in your answer - Deadline w/b 6th June 2011 6th June In class and for homework you will be working on a mini project about the fur industry, ivory trade and the use of animals in experiments. This will last for 3 lessons and 2 pieces of homework. Deadline 13th June 2010 13th June In class and for homework you will be working on a mini project about the fur industry, ivory trade and the use of animals in experiments. Deadline 20th June 2010 20th June Choose one or more of the websites listed above and find out more about the organisations work and their beliefs. Prepare a 2 minute presentation about the organisation(s) to be delivered to the rest of the class. The presentation will be assessed by the class. Deadline 27th June 2011 27th June Revise the unit Animal Rights and Religion for an end of unit test. Deadline and test to take place w/b 11th July 2011 4th July Revise the unit Animal Rights and Religion for an end of unit test. Deadline and test to take place w/b 11th July 2011 11th July Feedback and evaluation on the end of unit test to be carried out in class. Deadline w/b 19th July 2011 18th July Completion of the unit Animal Rights Year 9 French What is the Tasks are designed to extend what has been done in class and will be explained to homework task? students in greater detail when they are asked to write the homework down in their homework diaries. What is the purpose The tasks are designed to allow research and investigation as well as ensuring that of the task? students learn the words which are important for GCSE studies next year. How can parents and Parents should allow a quiet area for students to work in and should ensure that carers help? students have completed the tasks set as well as any additional work which the individual teacher sets. Timetable w/c 25th April Vocabulary learning exercise based on clothes. 2nd May Written task – state what suits you and what colour is best. Use the past tense to say what you wore last week and what you are going to wear at some point in the future. Use your imagination and make your teacher laugh! 9th May Revision of numbers 1-100 for prices. 16th May Learn the phrases to say what you do to help and home and be able to give an opinion on each one. 23rd May Revision of vocabulary to be set by the individual class teacher. th 6 June Using the adjectives given to you on the vocabulary sheet write a sentence for each member of your family eg A mon avis mon pere il est tres farfelu. 13th June Choose a French speaking country and find out the capital and the total population of the country. 20th June Find out 6 main town and mark them on a map along with one major river. Find out and draw the flag of the country and what the name of their leader is. 4th July Research to find out one interesting fact about the country which most people would not know and prepare your notes for next week. 11th July Write up your notes in French using the help sheet given to you by your teacher 18th July Finish writing up and hand in your assessment. Year 9 Art What is the This term students are being given the opportunity to study the work of a contemporary, homework task? environmental artist and to use the ideas gained from the artist to influence their own work. Make a visual record of the literacy festival. Draw a picture or take a photograph. What is the purpose 1. To learn about the work of other artists of the task? 2. To show an understanding for developing art work 3. To be an independent learner by visiting an art exhibition to look for new ideas How can parents and Please give some time to discuss with your child ideas for presentation and to also check carers help? the content of their work. A selection of art materials is also useful. This term the use of the internet for research would be of great benefit. Timetable w/c 25th April To produce an information pack, booklet or poster about the life and work of a contemporary, environmental artist. This is a four week assignment and students will be given the opportunity to present their work to the rest of the class. A supporting booklet will be provided to students. 2nd May As above 9th May As above 16th May As above 23rd May Learn art words in student booklet. Make a visit to “Open Studios” exhibition held at Stalham High School 6th June Develop a major piece of work based on the contemporary artist studied last half term. Students are to produce a piece of work reflecting the ideas and techniques they have gained by looking at the artist. This is a four week assignment and students will be briefed in class. 13th June As above 20th June As above 27th June As above Make a visit to see Year 11 GCSE Art work in the main hall – Wed 29th June 3pm – 6pm 4th July Learn art words in student booklet 11th July Visit Stalham Cluster art exhibition June 16th – 17th June at Stalham High School 18th July Make a visual record of the literacy festival. Draw a picture or take a photograph. Year 9 Music 1) Learn the spellings of the technical terms and key words covered (spellings given out What is the homework in the lesson). task? 2) Complete the relevant section of the performance/composition log (to be given out in lessons). 3) Write three paragraphs about the song you are currently playing. Ensure you include facts about who wrote it, what else they wrote, facts about the song and any other points of interest about the song and group. (2 weeks for completion). 4) Create a project about either how songs are produced/recorded. Extra guidance will be given when the homework is set. (4 weeks for completion). (I will be giving additional support for any students who may find homework difficult). What is the purpose of The homework set consolidates the work completed in class and allows the students to the task? prepare for the next part of the course. It allows the students to show their own understanding of the concepts covered, and their individuality through the presentation of the work. How can parents and As tasks 3 and 4 will be staggered across the year group, a close check of the planner carers help? will be needed to know when the work has been set and the deadline for completion. Access to the internet is useful for tasks 3 and 4, using Google or Wikipedia, and specific information about the written work will also be available in the library, as will internet access at lunchtimes. Parents and carers can also help through checking spelling and presentation of written work. www.musicalfutures.org.uk gives information about the projects we are covering. Timetable Work will be staggered across the term, and students will be expected to write the work w/c into their planners when appropriate. The completion date will also be written down at this stage. 25th April Tasks 1 and 2 set and reviewed fortnightly. 2nd May Tasks 1 and 2 ongoing. 9th May Task 3 (please check planner to see if this task has been set for the group). 16th May Task 3 (please check planner to see if this task has been set for the group). 23rd May Tasks 1 and 2 ongoing. 6th June Task 4 set (please check planner to see if this task has been set for the group). 13th June Task 4 set (please check planner to see if this task has been set for the group). 20th June Tasks 1, 2 and 4 ongoing. 27th June Tasks 1, 2 and 4 ongoing. 4th July Tasks 1, 2 and 4 ongoing. 11th July Literacy Festival. 18th July Final review of all tasks set. Year 9 P.E. What is the homework Using the „learning diary‟ template on the school network record a narrative of your task? learning for each topic/sport that you cover. After each lesson a brief paragraph describing what you have covered will be required, at the end of the module these paragraph‟s will be used to complete the „module summary‟. What is the purpose of Making a narrative of one‟s learning ought to clarify and highlight progression made the task? throughout a module. Also in doing so we (pupil‟s or teachers) should be able to spot any areas that have been missed or select areas as a target for development or focus for next time. How can parents and Challenge pupils to reflect on what they have learned and in doing so how a particular carers help? skill will affect the bigger picture of how they perform in a particular sport and ultimately how it will improve their grade for our subject. Timetable w/c 25th April Learning Diary – Athletics 2nd May Learning Diary 9th May Learning Diary 16th May Learning Diary 23rd May Learning Diary 6th June Learning Diary – Strike and field 13th June Learning Diary 20th June Learning Diary 27th June Learning Diary 4th July Learning Diary 11th July Learning Diary 18th July Deadline for learning diary Year 9 Technology In Year 9 students work through a carousel around the different areas What is the homework within Technology. Pupils need to select the current homework that is task? relevant to the subject they are in for this term. Food Technology Homework task 1. Produce a student friendly cook book that encourage children into the kitchen. Set: 5th week into course. Pupils are to produce a child friendly cook book that will encourage pupils to starting cooking. This cook book could use existing recipes or recipes that the student has created themselves. The information must be laid out in a manner that is easy for pupils to follow and in a way that will appeal to students. Homework task 2. Research in to food waste. Set: 10th week into course. Pupils are to conduct a research study into the types of food that is wasted in an average week in their own home and find possible reasons why the food is wasted. Pupils are to then use this information to create a range of recipes that would use this food up and save it from being thrown away. Balancing toy Project Homework task 1. Brazing hearth health and safety manual. Set: 6th week into course. Pupils are to produce a health and safety manual for the brazing and hearth and heat treatment area the manual will inform users of the correct working procedure and the health and safety factors associated with the use of the heat treatment area. Homework task 2. Metal joining research. Set: 2nd week into course. Pupils are to research into different methods of joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals together and present the information in a poster or PowerPoint presentation. Clocks project Homework task 1. Soldering Health and safety Manuel Set: 6th week into course. Pupils are to produce a health and safety manual to inform users of the correct working procedures for using a soldering iron and the health and safety factors related to the use of the tool. The manual will need to include a detailed labelled illustration of a soldering iron and a guide to how it is used and the safety facts. Homework task 2. Electronic circuit diagrams. Set: 3rd week into course. Pupils are to produce a detailed drawing of the LED circuit they are going to use on their Clock. The circuit diagram must use the correct component symbols. Pupils will be given an information and task sheet to complete this homework. What is the purpose of All of the tasks that are set within Technology are designed to support the learning the task they are doing in the lessons. How can parents and Pupils may need assistance with completing some of the tasks that have been set carers help? support may be needed help with researching into different items.