The St Luke’s 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 so this system will benefit students during their time at St Luke’s and in their post-16 education.
All students are expected to complete knowledge based homework tasks for all their subjects and are given a homework wallet that consists of an exercise book and a booklet called a Knowledge Organiser. The Knowledge Organiser contains pages of essential information for every subject that has been produced by our teachers, for our students. 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.
Students need to bring their homework wallet (exercise book and Knowledge Organiser) into school every day and show their tutor in 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 are expected to attend a compulsory catch up session after school the same day for one hour.
Please note – 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.
Students can choose to complete their homework at home, or they can attend our Learning Café (3.15-4.00pm every day in the library) 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.
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.