Curriculum‎ > ‎

Homework


Core Homework

Here at Greenfield Community College we are piloting a new homework system that is built upon the idea that students need to develop a strong core knowledge to optimise their true potential. Students homework will take the form of a Knowledge Organiser.  A Knowledge Organiser arranges all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a page of A3 or A4 that is broken down into small bitesize topics.

The core homework is the minimum we expect students to complete It is recommended that if students are struggling to recall some elements of their work they should increase the amount of time they spend on it. 

The timetable below identifies the day that students should be working on a subject at home. 

*Please note that the day identified on the timetable may not be the day that students are given the homework. 

 

Key Stage 3 Students

Students may also receive core homework in subjects not listed below

 Y7 -8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week A

Geography/History

English

Maths

Science

French/RE

Week B

Geography/History

English

Maths

Science

French/RE

 

Key Stage 4 Students

 Y9-11

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Week A

Maths

English

Science

Geography or History and French

Option Subject 1

Week B

Maths

English

Science

Geography or History and French

Option Subject 2 

 

How will students use the Knowledge Organisers for homework?

Knowledge Organisers have six stages – chunking, memorising, covering, writing, checking, correcting.

Chunking 

Students break down work into bitesize chunks improving memory. Students focus on learning one section at a time as this will help organise the content as well as prevent them becoming overwhelmed by the amount of work.

 

Memorise the section

Students repeat the work to themselves or write it out on scrap paper from memory, increasing the amount they try to remember each time (for 15-20 minutes) over and over again, checking for parts they may have forgotten.  Students are also encouraged to get someone in the family to quiz them. Quizzing will help the students retain the information.

 

Testing using the Self-Quizzing Books  

Cover

Students cover up their Knowledge Organiser sheet so that they cannot copy it. This is the challenging part that will help students remember the Core Knowledge, and help it stick.

 

Write

For 15-20 minutes, Students write out what they can remember from memory in their self-quizzing books. Even if they are struggling they should not look back at the Knowledge Organiser sheet, instead they will need to engage and challenge their brain.

 

Check

Once students have filled a whole side of their self-quizzing book or completed the amount requested by the teacher they will need to check their work.

 

Correct

Students make corrections in green pen.  Students continue this process until they have truly mastered the section ensuring they have completed a minimum of one side of lined paper (2 sides if you are in year 11).

 

Click here to view a PowerPoint on how to use a Knowledge Organiser.


Checking in school

Quizzing

Students will have regular in class quizzes to make sure they are retaining the information.


Marking

Staff will initial next to the work to acknowledge that the student has completed the appropriate amount and to the expected standard.  


An example section of a Knowledge Organiser can be found below. 



Why has the homework system changed?

One hundred years of Scientific study shows retrieval practice helps students to apply their knowledge over time.  At GCC we want to support out student to understand, recall and apply the huge amount of information they need from year 7 to year 11 GCSE’s. Here are some examples of the recent studies https://bit.ly/2wW39KS

 

Teachers will set additional homework, which students will have recorded in their planner, as appropriate to ensure that students are fully supported to make the best possible progress. We take homework seriously at Greenfield and so not doing homework is likely to lead to a sanction. If the homework is not understood students should ask for support.

 

September 2018