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Five Acres High School

Homework Expectations

Our homework model is designed around some tried and tested principles which favour regular repetition and interleaving through a deliberate practice model. We want every student to be successful and feel that homework plays a vital role in the process. Our students need to develop a variety of skills including time management, perseverance, resilience and determination, all of these come through independent study or homework as its commonly called. The extra knowledge or application of knowledge gained through regular homework is invaluable as these students seek to gain the grades necessary for higher quality further education or employment when they leave Five Acres High School.

Our model increases as the students progress through the school years, this is essential as the workload during the GCSEs is higher and our students need to be familiar with working independently outside of the normal school day to be successful during the summer of Year 11. Ideally in Years 7 and 8 students should be spending approximately 1.5 hours (4 times over 7 days) completing their reading, quizzing and Hegarty Maths. If carefully managed a student in Year 7 and 8 can comfortably complete their homework during the week and keep their weekends free for other recreational activities.       




Hegarty Maths

Seneca Science

 Seneca   English


Year 7

4 x 20 mins

4 quizzes 4 tasks     Bedrock

Year 8

4 x 20 mins

4 quizzes 4 tasks



Year 9

4 x 20 mins

4 quizzes 4 tasks Complete tasks    

Year 10

4 x 20 mins

4 quizzes 4 tasks Complete tasks Complete tasks GCSE subjects

Year 11

4 x 20 mins 4 quizzes 4 tasks Complete tasks Complete tasks GCSE subjects

The reading and low stakes quizzing will be checked on a Friday morning; students will need to have their planners with them and show their tutors their signatures/quizzes.

The Modern foreign languages (French and Spanish) team will be setting an additional “Look/Cover/Write & Check” quiz to help students learn their new vocabulary.  This should take no more than 15-20 minutes per week and will be due in, during one of their MFL lessons which there teacher will inform them of.

For both the low stakes quizzes and MFL quizzes, students should be using their knowledge organisers to find the relevant information.

Hegarty Maths 

Hegarty Maths is due by 8am on a Friday morning, at this point the Maths team will download the Hegarty information which shows what has or has not been sufficiently completed.  Students will also need to bring their Hegarty homework booklet with them every day to show their Maths teacher.  Further information will be available on the website shortly in terms of how to use Hegarty effectively.

Seneca Science 

Science homework expectations, current 14/02/2020

Students will be set a number of assignments each week. The precise number will vary, but in general will always include Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

Students have joined Seneca in school, and have a username and login that should be the same as their school e-mail addresses. The e-mail address is their school username with “”. The password is made by the student when they make the account. If a student forgets their password, they should click the link provided to reset their password. Teachers have no ability to change student passwords. When joining Seneca, the class teacher gave each student a code to join the class on Seneca; this is where all assignments are set.

1. There is a minimum score students need to achieve to successfully complete their homework:

                Set 1/Higher Tier students: 80% in each task

                Set 2 and Set 3/Foundation Tier students: 70% in each task

2. Homework is expected to take a different length of time depending on the year group:

                Year 9 and Year 10: 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes a week

                Year 11: 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours a week

3. All homework should be completed by 7am on Friday morning.

If your son or daughter is having difficulty achieving the minimum scores and spends the expected length of time on their homework, they should speak to their teacher, who will support them and provide further advice.

Subject specific homework at GCSE 

Subject specific homework at GCSE is set and therefore completed at different times, these deadlines are set by the teacher and shared with the students.  We are starting to use Google classrooms as a school and many tasks will be set via this platform.  As a general rule there should be no next day deadlines at GCSE level, where possible students will have a few days or even a week to complete their tasks.

As a school we do not set homework for any other purpose than to give each individual student the best possible chance of success whilst they are here. We feel strongly that our homework model works, and for this reason students who fail to meet the expectations are sanctioned with a one hour after-school detention. If for any reason there is a problem with your child’s ability to complete their homework please notify the school as soon as possible, before the deadline date.  In the first instance please ask to speak to either the subject teacher or your child’s tutor.
We currently offer study support (homework club) on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in ICT from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on designated afternoons for specific Year groups. Please contact the school Reception to book. Whilst in study support students will have access to a computer and the Internet (Hegarty and Seneca) and a member of staff who is available to help.
Years 7, 8 and 9 spend 1.5 hours (approximately).
Years 10 and 11 spend between 1.5 and 2.5 hours (approximately)