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How can I support my child with their homework?

We would like to thank you in advance for your support with implementing our homework system.  At Bristol Brunel we believe that good quality homework is integral to supporting learning.  Research shows that retrieval practice (on which a lot of our homework is based) contributes to embedding learning and helps with long term memory, which is important for recall (for example, in examination situations).  For more information, we base much of our research upon the work of the 'Learning Scientists' http://www.learningscientists.org

Due to the success of our distance learning timetable we have developed a homework timetable to help students become more organised with their homework.  The timetables are for years 7, 8 and 9 as GCSE homework is often more frequent.  The timetables show the day that the work will be set and it will be due on that day the following week. Most subjects are on a fortnightly rota, with English, Maths and Science set weekly:

 

All of our homework is issued on 'Show my Home work' https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk/login.  The easiest way for students to login is to use the Office 365 option.  This will be the same login as what they use for email.  Students are also issued a Show My Homework login.  It would be helpful if you are able to support them with this. In addition, it is important as parents that we are able to support our children in completing homework in the following ways:

  • Allow them a quiet space to complete any homework.  It is helpful if this is supervised.  Some young people may try to pull the wool over our eyes!
  • Ensure that  they complete their homework before any recreational activities.
  • Offer them regular breaks - ensure that they are hydrated, and eating sensibly
  • Where possible, allow them supervised access to a computer.

At Bristol Brunel, we are aware that families have different schedules and challenges.  To alleviate any issues around homework we have created a system of support where students can attend before school, at lunch and after school.  These sessions are subject specific, year group specific or generic, dependent on need. 

For further information regarding homework at Bristol Brunel Academy, please contact your child's tutor in the first instance.

Simon Jones

Assistant Principal - Outcomes

Bristol Brunel Academy

 

We also have a dedicated Student Homework page, this has useful info for you to explore.  Please click here to access this page.

Please note: If students are selected for school sports teams they risk this selection by not completing their homework, or indeed poor behaviour.  Please can parents support the academy in discussing this message with their children.

Click here - HOW TO LOG IN TO SHOW MY HOMEWORK

 

Follow this link:  Homework System Update

 

Exam Support

Exams can be very stressful for students, please see the below guide for parents and carers.  The guide offers tips and resources to enable you to assist your child through the exams.

Parent Revision Guide

There is a dedicated page to exams for students.  Please click here to access this page.


Dear Parents and Carers of Year 11

As part of our continued support for Year 11, we have decided to make the tutor period at the end of the school day optional during the mock examination period (February 24th to March 13th). 

Year 11 students will be able to leave the academy at 2.40pm, or at the end of their afternoon examination, whichever is earlier.  If your child would like to stay in school (or indeed if you would like them to) then of course they may.  SC1 and SC2 (computer rooms) will be open every day for independent revision.  Alternatively, if students wish to have a conversation with their Tutor or the Year Team, they will be available until 3pm every day.  For safeguarding reasons, students must register with their Tutor at 2.40pm if they intend to stay in school.

From the 16th March (following the mock exam period) we will be offering a new look tutor time which will focus on opportunities for both revision and pastoral support.  Similarly, we will be developing Period 7 to offer a much more bespoke experience, based on student need.  There will be more information for students and parents regarding these changes in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued support as we move towards the final few months of Year 11.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the year 11 team.

Yours faithfully

 

Simon Jones, Assistant Principal