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Homework is an integral part of life at The British International School of Kuala Lumpur. Involvement with the homework programme will obviously depend on the child’s age.

Homework should be:

  • Manageable for parents, pupils and teachers;

  • Directly related to children’s class work and the school curriculum;

  • Regarded as important and monitored by parents and teachers;

  • Objectives and feedback are clearly understood by all pupils.


Our Curriculum

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Primary and Early Years


Early Years Foundation Stage

Children will have optional practical tasks for literacy and numeracy enhancing learning.

Years 1 and 2

Children will be given a weekly literacy (e.g. phonics/spelling) and mathematics task of approximately 15 minutes. This may also be linked to their topic work.

Years 3 and 4

We encourage regular reading and mental arithmetic practice to improve fluency of number facts, particularly multiplication and division. In addition, children will be given two weekly 30-minute homework tasks linked to literacy (including topic) work or mathematics, as well as specialist homework for Modern Foreign Languages.

Years 5 and 6

We encourage more independent work in preparation for the transition to secondary. Children will be given two weekly 40-minute homework tasks linked to literacy (including topic) work or mathematics from their class teacher, as well as specialist homework for Modern Foreign Languages.

All children are expected to read daily at home as part of their school homework.




Year 7 and 8

One homework per subject per week (ten in total, two for Maths and English) of approximately 20 – 30 minutes each. For the first half of the autumn term Year 7 pupils receive organisational and reflective homework only.

Year 9

One homework per subject per week (ten in total, two for Maths and English) of approximately 30 minutes each.

Homework set will be recorded in the pupil’s planner. All homework will be marked, and feedback given, but please bear in mind this may be as part of a wider piece of work. We have a new and growing library, and pupils will be able to use this facility to complete work after school until 4.30pm from Mondays to Thursdays.


Year 10 and 11

English and Maths: 2 x 60 minute homeworks per week

Science: 3 x 40 minute homeworks per week

Option subjects: 60 minutes per subject per week.

Set 1 Maths: an additional 60 minute homework per week

Year 12 and 13

Each subject may set up to 75% of allocated curriculum time weekly.


Assignments may not always be written. Research, learning, revision and completion of projects may also be set as homework. Parents should inform the teacher if an assignment has taken markedly longer than the stipulated time. 
Parents are encouraged both to monitor their son/daughter and to ensure that they have a quiet place to work without distractions.