Felixstowe School

Homework and Home Learning

Deliberate Practice 

Subject-specific written tasks (essays, scripted answers, paragraphs).
Subject-specific past-exam-paper questions.
Other practice questions.


Set-texts in English curriculum.
Subject-specific, non-fiction articles.
Reading for comprehension (answering questions).
Self-selected fiction or non-fiction books (Reading Room/library books/FXS 60/ texts/autobiographies/blogs)

Online Resources

Quizzes through Quizlet or other Google Classroom Resources.
Research/Investigation work (using an online encyclopaedia/other reference materials).
Multimedia resources (videos/games/blogs).
Subject-specific subscription sites (Mathswatch/Educake/Seneca/Linguascope/GCSEPod) – see table below:

DepartmentLinks for the website (subscription)Links for the website (non-subscription)
EnglishGCSE PodSeneca

Click here to visit Felixstowe School’s Seneca site


Knowledge Organiser, memorising/ subject- specific Tier 3 vocabulary.
Other content drills (memorising quotes/formulae).
Lesson review.
Teaching to someone at home/talking through a topic.
Specific pre-lesson tasks.
Self-directed study/revision sessions in school.
Using exercise books to make Cornell notes.

How much time should my child spend on their home learning each evening?

Key Stage 3Year 7Year 8Year 9
Core30 minutes30-45 minutes45-60 minutes
Non-core+ 20 minutes+ 30 minutes+ 45 minutes
Key Stage 4Year 10Year 11
All subjects (combined)2 hours per evening2 hours per evening

With our Home Learning Package….

No need to wait until specific tasks have been set by teachers.
Can manage the expectations of your own time + your child’s time at home more effectively.
Greater clarity on the types of work that will be marked by teachers- it’s worth the time spent completing it.
Able to see the additional resources available across subjects- website.
Greater emphasis on your child’s reading.
Helping make your child more independent for their future.

Empowering you with helping your child….

Encourage your child to use Homework Club to get work done in school.
Encourage your child to use The Reading Room to borrow books/quiet place to study.
Ensure your child has a quiet, home-learning friendly area (access to a table, pens/pencils/notebooks).
Keep distractions to a minimum- that means not using your phone yourself.
Model the importance of reading- children like seeing us reading too.
Be a motivator as well as a monitor. 
Take an interest in their day – ask them to talk it through.
Make sure they do the work themselves.
Contact us if you need help – we are a partnership.


Home Learning tasks are set on Go4Sschools.
Tasks are written by students into planners.
Every child has a reading journal.
Termly Reading PORTAL parent newsletter.