Knowledge Organiser 'how to' video:
In years 7-10 students will be expected to complete knowledge based homework tasks for all their subjects. Students can choose to complete their homework at home, or they can attend our Learning Café (3.15-4.00pm every day) or our lunchtime Homework club (in room ML5), both of which are run by staff so students can access support. There is also a Sparx homework club that runs every lunchtime in the Maths corridor.
Our new homework system has been designed as a consequence of extensive research into how students acquire and successfully recall knowledge and from learning about the successful practice of other schools, many within the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. These are essential lifelong skills for our students so this new system will benefit them during their time at St Luke’s and in their post-16 education.
Each student will have a homework wallet that consists of an exercise book and a booklet called a Knowledge Organiser. The Knowledge Organiser will contain pages of essential information for every subject that has been produced by our teachers, for our students. This content will expose students to some of the greatest ideas, art and information that has ever been written, spoken, performed or presented. This accumulation of knowledge will form part of their final assessments at the end of each of our teaching and learning cycles. Students will be given a new Knowledge Organiser every term so that the knowledge they need to learn is current for their learning in the classroom. We also expect students to keep their booklets from each term so that they have a comprehensive set of revision resources built up throughout their school career for when they need to revise for their final exams in year 10/11.
Each Knowledge Organiser contains a homework timetable showing what subjects students should be studying on a particular evening. Students will need to complete one page of “self-quizzing” notes in their exercise book for each subject with the exception of Art & Maths. The work for these subjects will be completed in the same way as in previous years, with the work produced in class books and checked by the teacher. Each Knowledge Organiser explains clearly what students need to do. Details of what is expected each evening will also be posted on Classcharts – www.classcharts.com – by the teacher. If you have any questions about ClassCharts, please read the guide for parents by clicking here.
Students will need to bring their homework wallet (exercise book and Knowledge Organiser) into school every day and show their tutor in morning registration that the homework has been fully completed. The tutor will reward completed homework with a merit. All knowledge learnt as homework will be assessed in class during the following week in the form of a short quiz, exit card or similar type of task. If a student fails to produce the expected homework, they will attend a compulsory catch up session after school the same day for one hour.
Please note that some students in Y9 and Y10 may be asked to complete additional tasks by their teachers where it is necessary to help them make progress. This will be discussed with the students by their teacher, but it will not be checked in tutor time.
It is our hope that the use of knowledge organisers will provide more clarity on what St Luke’s expects from its students with regards to Homework, as well as strengthening their essential study skills. With the introduction of a timetable, we are supporting students with managing their time, which will in turn reduce the anxiety associated with school deadlines.
For an online copy of each year’s Knowledge Organiser, please click on the year group links below. Each Knowledge Organiser has introductory pages which explain how they should be used, the TANC expectations of how the work should be completed and a copy of the homework timetable.
Knowledge Organisers; what the research says – https://impact.chartered.college/article/organising-knowledge-purpose-pedagogy-knowledge-organisers/
Students in year 11 follow a revision timetable for their homework which ensures that they revise for all their subjects during the course of a week. This timetable is updated each half term to ensure it reflects the current course content. For the most recent version, please Click here.
If you have any questions about Homework, please contact Mrs Britton, Assistant Headteacher on firstname.lastname@example.org.