We expect our students to do daily home study but this will only be set by teachers on a few occasions. We expect that every night students will read their current reading book for 30 minutes and complete their Knowledge Organiser. We also expect them to be going through their Knowledge Organisers and remembering all the key information for every subject that they are studying. At the start of every lesson they will be asked to recall this information and every half term they will sit a Masters of Recall multiple choice quiz as a year group to check their learning.
We ask parents/carers to join in with their child’s home study, to test students on their key knowledge and to listen to them read. We know this type of home study in the early years will boost their ability to read and write and will boost their long-term memory and understanding of key knowledge.
Learn the 5 weekly spellings. These are linked to the Y7 curriculum and will be recalled in their English lesson.
2) Reading for pleasure
Read for pleasure every day. This will contribute to ‘A Billion Words’ and Quantum Leap.
3) Sparx Maths
Sparx ensures students cover the essential building blocks needed to make progress in maths and provides an opportunity to consolidate student learning. Practice is a huge part of Mathematics. It significantly supports students to embed knowledge in their long-term memory, as well as building confidence and fluency.
Research (sparx.co.uk/evidence) has shown that an average of just 15 minutes a week of personalised maths home learning leads to clear progress by 83% of students.
Sparx provides a highly personalised weekly homework to students, tailored to their attainment level and working speed. Your child’s homework will be set on Mondays and due the following Monday by 7am each week.
4) Creative project
Creative STEM project led by Mr Dyer.
Masters of Recall
Students learn the weekly knowledge in their knowledge organiser using the self-quizzing process of look, cover, write, check, correct. This is completed in their yellow recall book. They must then answer the recall questions in their knowledge organiser, from memory. If they cannot answer the questions, then they need to go back and learn the knowledge again. Family and friends can support at home by quizzing and questioning. Termly knowledge organisers can be found on the TASE website.
Yellow recall books and knowledge organiser questions will be checked every Monday morning in form time. All subjects must to be completed in full each week.
At the end of each term, students complete a ‘Masters of Recall Big Quiz’.