Year 7, 8 & 9
- We have agreed as a faculty that in light of our contact time with students, we feel that one homework task per 6 week unit is most appropriate, and we foresee these tasks taking between 45 minutes to an hour in most cases.
- Tasks will directly relate to what is being covered in class and will both support and reinforce skills being developed in lesson.
- Tasks will generally involve preparation towards a final performance.
Tasks may include:
- Individual or group rehearsal for a performance. This may include learning lines individually or group rehearsal for a performance. Preparing props or costumes or finding appropriate music for their classwork.
- Individual research and preparation for planning discussion. This may involve viewing material on google classroom or online and preparing responses in advance of the lesson.
Year 10 & 11
- It is an expectation that students studying both Music and Drama spend a significant amount of time practising their performance skills in their own time.
- For Drama, this would include time spent learning lines individually and attending group rehearsals for the various performance projects undertaken. For Music this would also include private practice of performance skills on the nominated instrument, and rehearsals for ensemble performances.
- There is also an expectation that students will spend time at home preparing for the written aspects of both courses. Tasks might include completing past papers, research tasks and specific exam focussed revision. Drama students will need to spend significant amounts of their own time working on their Devising Logs and Music students will need to ensure that their Composing Log book is up to date.
- All homework set will be directly related to the exam board syllabus.
- Initially during Year 10, we will set an hour of homework a week, as appropriate. This will increase during more ‘crucial’ times. For example, on the lead up to a performance where students will be required to spend more time rehearsing prior to a performance exam or in preparation for written/listening examinations.
Year 12 & 13
- Homework for A Level study will vary greatly depending on the units being covered.
- For more academic written style units, students can expect to spend approximately an hour studying in their own time for every hour they spend in a lesson. Students will also be preparing for performances and it is an expectation that students will attend arranged rehearsals either individually or in their respective performance groups in their own time.
- Students will be expected to spend approximately an hour working in their own time for every hour they spend in lessons. This will equate to approximately 8 hours per week. However, students opting for performance pathways may find this increases during preparation for performance exams. This will be offset however, against the lack of written tasks during these periods.