Newstead Wood School

Newstead Wood School

Independent Study



Why do you have homework/independent work in this subject?

This is to enable students to practise their skills and to reinforce their learning especially if they can attend practical clubs.  It enables the gifted and talented to really hone their skills and to play against strong opposition.  It matters as the students will be able to have the time they need to learn the more challenging content in a safe environment where the coach can cater to their individual needs.  It connects with the learning in school because the students will develop the basic and intermediate skills to more advanced ones.  The impact of this work certainly aids the students’ knowledge and understanding of more advanced tactics and strategies and they progress much faster and to a higher level than those who do not do as much independent work.

All students who complete homework are going to increase their knowledge and understanding of the games and activities that they take part in.  The additional research will certainly help their practical in terms of understanding the rules or the background to a dance.


Quantity and frequency of homework

How much independent work should students expect in your subject at each Key Stage?

How much directed by the teacher and how much self-directed?

As a class teacher I will direct regular homework but the students do not receive homework every week and they are able to direct their own learning whenever they see necessary.  If unsure or not confident in an activity the student can always investigate the rules online, look up techniques for the practical activity and watch others perform on platforms such as ‘YouTube’.  This allows the students to see the activity as a whole and to fully appreciate the end results we are looking for.                                                                                  

On average students should spend 30 mins per subject per week in KS3, 55 mins per subject per week in KS4, 4 hours in Y12 and 6 hours in Y13.


Quality and impact of homework

What kinds of homework task can students expect?

There are a variety of homework tasks that can be set:

·         Research

·         Creating warm ups, practices, cool down.

·         Evaluations of activities that they or their peers have performed.

·         Setting targets for each activity they are taught in their PE Booklet and then                         evaluating these targets after the activity has finished.

·         Peer assessments of groups which can be verbal or written.

·         Essays and long answer questions which match the format of the examination that                 will take place.

·         To video a performances and analysis the techniques

How/when will it be assessed?

Homework is always given with at least a week to complete the work.  The work is assessed as soon as is possible and will receive comments and levels where appropriate.

How will it connect to the learning of the lesson?

All homework is directly related to the activity which is being studied at the time.  No homework is completed just for the sake of homework.  We often ask the students to work on dances for homework which will directly impact on their grades when they are assessed.  Students can be asked to work on fitness and health activities often with consultation with parents in order to maximise their ability to benefit from our lessons and to enable them to more fully realise their potential.

GCSE work will develop specific examination skills and the knowledge, understanding and application which is necessary to access all the grades that are on offer.


Student expectations

What do you expect of your students in their approach to homework?

To complete the work to the best of their ability and to spend an appropriate amount of time completing the work.  Have a good working environment at home which is free from distractions and thus conductive to learning.

What kinds of learning behaviours will help them get the most out of homework?

Persistence, diligence, thought about the skills they have acquired and can do well and those that they know but are not able to consistently apply.

What resources will they need to complete the homework?

Their PE booklet.

Pencil crayons, pen, pencils, ruler and paper.

A computer if they wish to print out their work and type it up rather than write it.

The internet in order to view video’s especially the use of ‘YouTube’.

What should they do if things go wrong?

Ask – there is never an issue if a student does not understand something or they forget a piece of work as long as they try to sort the problem out as soon as it occurs.  They will need to inform the member of staff immediately and if possible inform them before the lesson starts.  This demonstrates an appropriate level of respect which can then be reciprocated by the member of staff.  Staff want the learner to benefit from the extra work but do not want the learner to be anxious or unsure, any member of the department can be asked about work and they will be able to signpost the best ways to complete the work or to increase the understanding of the student.

Email – the student can also email their member of staff directly with any question that they have.  The earlier the email is the better as the member of staff will then have enough time to respond appropriately.