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					                         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.

				
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