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Five Acres High School

Homework KS3 - Y7 Y8 Y9

The Homework Model at Key Stage 3 - Year 7, 8 and 9


Years 7 and 8

Year 9


AR (30 mins) HM (30 mins)

AR (20 mins) HM (20 mins) TS (20 mins)


AR (30 mins) HM (30 mins)

AR (20 mins) HM (20 mins) TS (20 mins)


AR (30 mins) HM (30 mins)

AR (20 mins) HM (20 mins) TS (20 mins)


AR (30 mins) HM (30 mins)

AR (20 mins) HM (20 mins) TS (20 mins)


Students may choose to use this time to complete their homework, but good time management will allow them to keep their weekends free for other activities.

Although not compulsory, all students are advised to use the Tassomai Science platform over the weekend.  A little and often approach is proven to help improve a student’s progress.



AR = Accelerated Reader / HM = Hegarty Maths / TS = Tassomai Science

All homework in KS3 will be set on a Friday and due on the following Friday.  The expectation is that the homework will be completed over 4 sessions (Monday to Thursday is the proposal, but students are able to use their weekends if they prefer).

Accelerated Reader 

Read at least 4 times in 7 days and record the book title and page numbers read in your student planner.  Each child should be reading for a minimum of at least 20 minutes each time.  Although reading speeds and font size vary for each student and book, students should be targeting 10 pages per homework session - as a minimum. (2 minutes per page).  A parent or carer must then sign each entry to confirm the homework has been completed.  The school uses the Accelerated Reader programme which can be accessed through our website – this enables students to complete the reading tests and vocabulary tests on the book they have just read.  Please encourage your child to read a book from the list as this process has been proven to help students retain larger amounts of information when studying for their GCSEs.  It is not however, compulsory to read from this list or to complete the tests, as part of the homework model.

Failure to do any of this will result in a one-hour detention to be served on a Monday after school from 3:00-4:00pm. 

Tassomai Science 

Complete 4 individual days using the online platform Tassomai Science; The aim for all students is to keep their progress wheel blue and/or green, this means the student is either on or above target.  We are not setting a set number of questions to be completed, but we will expect students to have completed a sufficient amount of time (20-30 minutes) answering questions.  Being accurate with your answers and using Tassomai Science on a regular basis (little and often – daily) are both simple ways to maintain a blue/green wheel.  Students who just guess (and rely on a 1 in 4 chance) are unlikely to maintain a blue/green wheel, and will therefore incur an afterschool detention due to the presence of either red or orange on their wheel.  If a student has committed to using Tassomai at least 4 times during the week (Friday to Friday) and they have tried to be accurate with their responses they will maintain a blue/green wheel and therefore complete the requirements of the homework.

Failure to do any of the above will result in a one-hour detention to be served on a Thursday after school from 3:00-4:00pm.

Hegarty Maths 

Complete 4 individual tasks using the Heagrty Maths online platform: scoring at least 61% in each task.  The tasks will be set on a Friday and due in the following Friday.  If you have attempted the task and scored less than 61%, students need to do the following: watch the “help” video in full, and then re-attempt the task.  If after the second attempt, a student still struggles to gain 61% they should speak to their Maths teacher.  Maths intervention (help) is available every lunchtime in the ICT rooms from 1:40-2:00pm and Monday to Thursday after school 3:00-4:00pm in homework club.

Failure to do any of this will result in a one-hour detention to be served on a Wednesday after school from 3:00-4:00pm.