The Learning Approach to Homework
We have been working to ensure that pupils revisit previously taught material frequently, so that they are able to embed it in their memory and recall that information in the long term. Pupils need this core knowledge to solve more complex problems as they progress through our curriculum.
Now that pupils are used to completing recall questions in class, we feel that it is important for them to continue this learning at home, so that the knowledge is not lost.
We are introducing regular homework nights so that pupils have the opportunity to practise recall at home. This means knowledge becomes further embedded and gets pupils into good learning habits to help them secure excellent outcomes in the future.
We have introduced a homework timetable to show which recall questions should be practised each day. For example on a Monday week 1, a pupil in year 7, 8 or 9 should practise English recall questions for 30 minutes and read their library book for 30 minutes.
Year 7, 8 and 9
Year 10 and 11
To practise their recall questions, pupils should follow the “Look, say, cover, write, repeat” format that will be familiar to you. Please see the short tutorial video here which explains how to do it: LINK
Pupils will receive their practice questions from class teachers and we are looking to make these available on Teams. We are also looking to provide some folders for pupils to carry their homework with them.
Pupils of any age would benefit from being quizzed by family member. It is important to promote this way of practising to motivate pupils to engage in their learning outside of school.
It would be easy for pupils to copy out the answers but this will not help them to hold the knowledge in their long term memory. This just makes the pupils familiar with the content.
There is a lot of research which indicates that by learning the basics really well, pupils can go on to answer more difficult problems later on. For example, pupils with a strong knowledge of their times tables, find it easier to complete long multiplication questions and pupils who know their quotations in English are able to compare the characters in a Shakespearean play more easily.
Every few weeks, pupils will be given a recall quiz in class to show what they know. The pupil will hand in the practice they have done in order to demonstrate that they have done it.