At Sharples School we believe that effective homework should support the educational goals of the school, take into account all students abilities and needs and strengthen the home school link.
Homework refers to any work or activities which students are asked to do outside of lesson time, either on their own, with their peers or with the support of parents or carers. Homework is an important part of the wider partnership between parents/carers and the school.
The Satchel One – Show My Homework platform is an essential part of our provision for parents for them to know and understand the type, frequency and quality of homework being set.
To help further support students the Sharples Library can be accessed by all students and contains a wealth of resources which can support them in the completion of their homework.
There is also a daily Homework Club providing internet and computer resources for those students unable to access these at home.
The Purpose of Homework:
- Establish effective independent working habits
- Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding developed in school
- Extend school learning through the development of wider skills of independent research and effective internet use
- Develop personal responsibility and work management skills for curriculum tasks and demands such as GCSE/BTEC assignments
- Strengthens the bridge in learning between Parent/Carers and in school learning
Homework at Sharples School
It is important that homework provides students with opportunities to practice skills, review content and deepen understanding of concepts learned. Homework and practice can also help students to develop self-regulation processes, such as time management and study skills. The most effective homework is in the form of short (30min -1 hour) activities specifically linked to the development or reinforcement of in lesson learning.
It is recognised that in order to be effective and efficient in promoting effective homework practices the frequency and type of homework is at the discretion of the Directors of Subject but across all curriculum areas the minimum expectation is as follows:
Key Stage 3
- Core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) to set a minimum of one piece of homework per week. Additional homework may be set as required.
- Subjects with 2 or more lessons per week to set one piece of homework per week
- Subjects with one lesson per week to set one piece of homework per fortnight
Key Stage 4
- All GCSE and BTEC subjects to set a minimum of one piece of homework per week
Satchel One Guide for Parents
What is Satchel:one?
Satchel:one is a simple online homework calendar your child can use to keep up to date and on top of all their homework.It gives you all of the information and tools to get involved and support your child with their homework. Also it can be accessed online and through the Satchel:one app on iOS or Android.
Logging in for the first time on the web:
- Visit the Satchel:one login page.
- In the “Enter school name” field, enter either “Sharples School” or “BL1 8SN” and select Sharples School from the list.
- In the “Enter your code” field, enter your PIN as specified in the school letter. The PIN is case sensitive.
- Tick the “I’m not a robot” box then click the “Submit” button.
- You’ll then be asked for some contact details, select your title from the “Title” dropdown.
- In the “First name” field, enter your first name.
- In the “Last name” field, enter your last name.
- In the “Email” field, enter your email address.
- In the “Password” field, enter in a secure rememberable password and enter it again in the “Confirm your password” field.
- When done, click the “Save” button.
Logging in for the first time on the app:
- Download the app for iOS or Android here:
- Once downloaded, open the app and in the “School name or postcode” field, enter either “Sharples School” or “BL1 8SN” and click “Search”. Select Sharples School from the list