Homework at John Madejski Academy is used to deepen understanding and consolidate learning, preparing students for lifelong learning.
The homework will mainly be based upon using their knowledge organisers from each subject area. Students should fill in at least one page of A4 in their practice books per night to help them learn their knowledge organiser using the strategies explained below. Students will be tested frequently in subject areas to monitor knowledge acquisition. Students will be shown how to use these methods to help them with future homework.
GCSE Students at JMA use GCSEPOD. Click the link below for details about GCSEPOD:
How to Use Knowledge Organisers:
How to Use Knowledge Organisers
1. Look, cover, write and check
Students to look at a particular phrase or section of their knowledge organiser. Flip over the Knowledge organisers and the write down as much as you can in your practice book. Flip the knowledge organiser back around and check what you have written down, tick off each correct answer in green pen and add/correct anything you did not get right.
Challenge: Try to complete the whole knowledge organiser in a single attempt.
2. Definitions to key words
Using your practice books, write down the key word and then the definition next to it. Try not to use your knowledge organiser. The most effective learner will be able to define a lot of key words in one go. Use your green pen to mark your work.
3. Flash cards
You can create your own flashcards. Use the knowledge organiser and consolidate key points/sentences and write them down on a flash card (the use of pictures can help support). Another way you can use Flash cards is by writing a question on one side and the answers on the back. They can then be used to help support self-quizzing and/or paired retrieval. Keep your Flash Cards in your knowledge organiser folder.
Top Tip: Use different coloured pens/card. Keep them precise.
4. Self-Quizzing (Question-Answer)
Use the knowledge organiser to create questions to form a mini quiz and then test yourself. This can be done using your practice books and/or flash cards. Write down the questions using your knowledge organiser. Turn the Knowledge organiser over and then try to answer the questions. You can always give the questions to someone else in your family to ask you as well.
5. Mind Maps
Create a mind map in your practice book of all the information you can remember from your knowledge organiser. Check your knowledge organisers to see if there are any mistakes. Add more information to the mind map that you missed. Think about what the branches should be called which links all the knowledge.
Challenge: Can you link the pieces of information together by a fact or piece of knowledge?
6. Paired retrieval- parent/partner quizzes (Question-Answer)
Ask a partner to have the knowledge organiser and/or flash cards in their hand. The can then test you (ask questions) on parts of the knowledge organiser. Write down your answers in your practice book.
Challenge: Aim to answer the questions in full sentences.
How Much Homework Will Be Set?
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 45 minutes per piece of homework per night. Students should actively read throughout the week.
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 60 minutes per piece of homework per night. This can be in the form of knowledge organiser work, exam questions, and/or coursework. Students should be actively reading throughout the week.
Students should be expected to complete 5 hours of independent work per subject per week. This can be in the form of organiser work, prior reading, exam questions, and/or coursework.
How Can I Support My Child?
Home learning will support students in lesson time and will ensure students are able to progress academically.
Homework clubs will run as part of the extra-curricular timetable to support students. This will be run by teaching assistants who have a range of knowledge in different subjects.
We encourage you to use the strategies above to help support your son/daughter with their homework. If a child is able to explain a concept, key word or idea to someone else it shows that have fully understood something
You can also support checking what homework has been set in your child’s planner and if they have completed their practice page for that specific night.
How Will This Be Monitored?
Homework will be checked by teachers, and the Academy behaviour policy will be followed if homework is not completed or not completed to an acceptable standard.
There will be regular knowledge organiser quizzes in all lessons that will help monitor homework.