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Prep (Homework) and Revision

Year 7, 8 and 9 Prep Guide


Number of Prep tasks set each cycle (every two weeks)

Approximate time students should spend 

Performing Arts,
DT, Art, PE


30 minutes each piece

Languages, History Geography, RE, Computer Science


30-45 minutes each piece

English, Mathematics, Science

2 (i.e once a week)

30-45 minutes each piece

Revision Techniques (The Life skills Company)

Revision techniques poster  

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Year 7 Homework Grids

Year 10/11 Prep & Revision

Years 10 and 11 Prep Guide

With the exception of a small number of subjects that complete coursework, Prep in Years 10 and 11 is based on retrieval practice activities, interleaving and/or examination practice activities. It is set on a weekly basis in all examination based subjects. All examination subjects set a minimum of 45 minutes of Prep per week. 

Retrieval practice and interleaving has been consistently proven to be one of the most effective methods of revision. The regular Prep set in all examination based subjects will improve student retention of subject knowledge and application of skills. 

Robert May's School - Prep Procedure


Year 11 Revision Sessions

From the Spring term of Year 11 departments offer some or all of the following revision session options:

  • Bookable revision sessions (taught 30 minute revision lessons with pre published topics).  These will be for groups of 10 students only.  More information about these will be out shortly.

  • Drop in revision sessions where students can complete prep or ask specific questions about topics areas they have studied in class.  These will take place after Christmas until the exams.

  • Breakfast revision sessions.  These will be short 10 minute revision sessions which include taught material or quizzes.   These will take place after Christmas until the exams.

Revision schedule from January 2024: 

Revision Schedule - Year 11 Revision Sessions 2024