Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.

Homework

Homework has been part of education for a very long time with students taking pieces of work home to work on whilst not in the classroom and therefore increasing the amount of time they spend studying throughout their academic life, but the benefits of homework go further than just increasing the amount of time students spend learning.

 

Benefits of homework

1) Our homework allows students to re-enforce the concepts that have been taught in class.

2) Homework helps students to develop good study habits and positive attitudes.

3) Helps students to build responsibility and self-discipline.

4) Keeps families informed about what the students are learning and offers a way to help their child to learn.

We have a number of approaches to our homework but our main method of home study is self-quizzing through the use of the knowledge organisers that every student has been provided.

 

What is Self-Quizzing and why is it important?

First of all, self-quizzing is a skill and something that needs to be developed. Whereas some students will find the process natural and take to it straight away, others will need to practice and develop the techniques needed to get the most out of Self Quizzing.

Self-quizzing is, as the name suggests, a method of homework where students learn to test themselves on the key knowledge and concepts they need to be successful at school. A large amount of research has been done on the subject concluding that students who master and regularly use self-quizzing make significantly more progress than those who don’t.

As the chart above shows, students who test themselves with a quiz after studying a topic, are able to retain that knowledge for a much longer time than those students who simply restudy or re-read the material. When students quiz themselves on the knowledge they have learnt, studies suggest that much more of the information is stored in their long-term memory and in a world where students are expected to remember information for years before they sit their GCSE exams, having the knowledge that is key for success stored in their long term memory is vital.

So how do they do it? How do they self-quiz? Well one of the other advantages to self-quizzing is its simplicity. All it requires is access to the key knowledge, which as mentioned earlier has been provided in the way of our Knowledge organisers.

1) First students read the key pieces of knowledge that have been identified by their teachers.

2) After they have done this a few times so that they are comfortable with information they should cover it of close their knowledge organiser.

3) Next, using their self-quizzing book (pictured below), they should write down as much of the knowledge as they can, entirely from memory, they should not look at the knowledge organiser at this point. The key tactic with self-quizzing is to practise getting the knowledge out of their heads and onto the page, the more they practice, the easier it is to access the information stored in their memory.

4) Finally, once they have written all they can remember, they should reopen the knowledge organiser and check their answers. This will provide the important feedback that they need to judge their accuracy. At this stage the students should correct any of their mistakes and add any missing information to their answers.

And that’s it, of course, as with anything, the more they practice the better they will get and the more they will learn.

 

How can you help your child?

Another benefit of self-quizzing and the carefully designed knowledge organiser is that it is easy for family to get involved and help our students. Unlike with some other forms of homework where some form of subject knowledge may be needed to help our students, all of the answers are already provided. So you could pick up the knowledge organiser and ask students to give you key definitions, spell certain words, you could create questions based on the information or even describe a diagram and ask them to accurately recreate it. Self-quizzing allows others to be part of a student’s learning both at school and at home.

 

What other forms of homework do we do?

Although the benefits of self-quizzing are there for all to see, we don’t want to put all of our eggs in one basket and of course, we want to add some variety for our students to maintain their enthusiasm and drive to complete homework to the best of their ability. Below is a list of other methods of homework that your child will receive from school.

1) Online learning platforms, such as Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning or Sparx (year 7 maths.

2) Past examination questions. These are used mainly for KS4 students and help them to prepare for the style of questions they will face in their final exams.

3) Extended writing questions. Some subjects require students to develop their extended writing skills in order to fully explain their answers to longer questions.

4) Reading. The benefits of reading cannot be understated and with the higher than ever reading ages on the current exams, having the comprehension skills to decipher what the question is actually asking is vital. Exposing our students to regular reading improves their vocabulary and with it their understanding of more complex concepts.

As with everything in a child’s education, the more we can work together as unit, child-home-school the more they benefit. This benefit is not only from greater knowledge and understanding but from the reinforcement of the skills and characteristics they will need to successful in the years beyond school.

Homework Timetable 

Self Quizzing

For each subject, students should complete a minimum of one-half page of self quizzing in their homework books using their knowledge organiser. At the start of the lesson on the ‘homework due date’ (See tables below) students will display their completed homework and complete a quiz in place of their daily review linked to the knowledge they have covered in their homework.

 

 

 

 

 

KS3

English, Maths and Science will set homework once per week. In all other subjects, pupils will set a knowledge organiser homework once per two weeks.

KS4

All subjects will set homework once per week, this will include Knowledge organiser homework and/or extended homework. Some subjects will also provide access to online learning platforms. See next page for descriptions of additional/supplementary homework activities.

Homework timetable 

Subject specific home learning 

Due to the nature of their curricula some subjects may want to supplement the use of knowledge organisers, or in some cases, replace them with additional tasks. See below for a list of subjects and the additional activities that will make up their home learning offer.

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CEOP

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