Homework plays a vital role in supporting pupil learning in Chemistry. The school’s homework policy is clearly explained in the school handbook.
The purpose of homework in Chemistry is summarised below:
- To enable pupils to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of their classwork.
- To provide both the pupil and teacher with a clear indication of the pupil’s strengths and weaknesses.
- To encourage skills of organisation of study time.
- To provide parents an opportunity to monitor and evaluate their child’s progress.
Homework in the Chemistry Department is set within the following guidelines.
- Homework is set regularly throughout the school session. The timing of the homework is planned on the Pupil Progress Sheet and/or the teacher’s guide.
- The quantity and level of difficulty of homework is dependent on the stage of the pupil. The homework exercises are designed to cover a range of problem solving skills and to enhance the understanding of the course content.
- In general, pupils are given one week to complete a homework exercise. This is to allow pupils to plan their study time effectively.
- All homework exercises are marked by the class teacher and comments are given as feedback. Pupil completion of homework is recorded.
- The Standard Grade Chemistry homework is differentiated into General and Credit levels but all pupils are encouraged to attempt both levels until after the prelim in S4.
- National 4 and 5 homework is set by the department and is completed on consumable sheets.
- Higher Grade homework is set from department derived homework sheets and past papers.
- Advanced Higher homework is set by the teacher from a selection of resources.
- Any pupil who fails to complete their homework should be logged in the Departmental Discipline Log.