Portland Place School

Portland Place School

Homework Information

 

Homework Information

 

Please note that the times outlined below are approximate and should only be used as a guideline.  All pupils work at their own pace and some will complete the homework more quickly than the times stated below, and others more slowly.  If your child is spending significantly more or less time doing homework that the times suggested below, please contact your child’s form tutor or subject teacher.

 

Years 5 and 6:

Your child can expect homework twice a week in English and Maths, and once a week in Geography, History, Spanish and Science.  Each homework should take approximately 20 minutes.

Art homework is not set for Year 5.  Year 6 will have Art homework every other week which should take about 45 minutes.

There will be no homework set from PE, Music/Drama or ICT.

 

Years 7, 8 and 9:

English is taught three times per week and homework will be set every week where the teacher feels it appropriate.  The homework set will cover a range of activities to include reading, learning new vocabulary, writing and comprehension.  The total amount of time for English homework per week should be approximately 40 minutes in years 7&8, rising to up to an hour in year 9.

Maths homework will be set once every week and should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Art, ICT and Design Technology will set homework every other week.  Each homework should take 40 to 60 minutes.

Geography and History will set four homeworks per half term; some of which will be project or research work that will be completed over a number of weeks. 

French/Spanish/Italian: pupils can expect two pieces of language homework per week. One piece will involve writing and the other learning, eg. vocabulary.  Each homework should take 20 minutes, giving a total of 40 minutes per week.

There will be no homework set from Music, PE, Drama or Citizenship.

 

Years 10 and 11:

English Language and English Literature: Pupils have two lessons each of English Language and English Literature per week. Homework may be set after one or both lessons, when appropriate. The homework set will cover a range of activities to include reading, research, writing and presentations. The English Language and English Literature homework should each take about 1 hour to complete every week.

Maths: Two homeworks per week each of 30 minutes, giving one hour per week in total.

Biology: One piece of homework will be set each week and should take approximately 40 minutes. 

Chemistry: One piece of homework will be set each week and should take approximately 40 minutes. 

Physics. One piece of homework will be set each week and should take approximately 40 minutes. 

Drama: Written homework is set as and when required. In addition, the students will be expected to take part in rehearsals after school in the weeks leading up to practical exams.

Art: Pupils should be working at home a minimum of one hour per week

Music Homework is occasionally set and is often revision based at the end of units. Throughout the year students are expected to consistently practice their instrument and complete composition work in the music department computer suite.

DT:  Year 10 pupils will be set one homework per week which should take about 1 hour.  Year 11 pupils will be set two pieces of homework per week which should take about 1hr 30mins in total.

Media Studies: Homework will be set every week and can take up to 1 hour to complete.  Year 10 homework can be written, a presentation or practical.  Year 11 homework can be exam preparation or coursework. 

Economics: One homework per week lasting about 45 minutes. Students may sometimes bring additional work home to be completed if they have been unable to complete their classwork during the lesson.

Geography: One homework per week lasting about 45 minutes.

History: Two homeworks per week, one content based and one exam practice. Each homework should take 30 minutes, giving a total of one hour per week.

Classics: Two homeworks per week. Each homework should take 30 minutes; a total of one hour per week.

Computer Studies: One homework per week lasting about 45 minutes.

French/Spanish/Italian: pupils can expect to receive homework every lesson (twice a week) and each homework should take 30 minutes, giving a total of 1 hour per week.

Sports Studies: There will be one homework per week lasting approximately 45 minutes.

There will be no homework set from ECDL, PE or Citizenship.

 

Sixth Form:

We recommend that pupils spend a minimum of 5 hours work per week at home on each of their A Level subjects.  Creative Arts subjects, such as Photography and Fine Art, will expect considerably more time spent on the practical aspects of their courses each week.