Homework is set for students in each subject at least once a week. In line with our curriculum intent, we believe that homework should be set with the purpose of securing essential knowledge.
Students are set four different types of homework in each Learning Programme:
1. Reading tasks: These are set with the purpose of extending students’ wider knowledge and understanding of what is being taught within lessons. Students will read a range of different texts such as news articles, fiction, and non-fiction to build on their cultural capital.
2. Knowledge Organisers: Students will be set a number of facts to revise each week from a knowledge organiser. This will be tested within the lesson to repeat and secure knowledge.
3. High challenge, low stakes testing: Students will be set low stakes challenges that will make them think hard about essential key knowledge. These may take the form of hinge questions or multiple choice tasks, and are marked in class in order to allow the teacher to address any misconceptions.
4. Formal testing: Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in a formal way in the form of an exam question or exam task. This allows students to practice specific skills alongside demonstrating their secure knowledge.
By focusing on these specific homework tasks, we are providing students with the chance to get the material to ‘stick together’ and become coherent. Students are being challenged to move essential knowledge from their short term memory to their long term memory. This has been planned specifically to allow maximum knowledge retrieval in order to secure success.