Academic Prep (formerly Home Learning) within the academy is set with the purpose of providing students with rich learning experiences outside of the classroom environment, to develop as independent learners and to enable the embedding of knowledge and skills into long-term memory through retrieval, recall and application in different contexts.
The new and demanding GCSE specifications introduced in 2018 draw upon the recall of key subject content from memory. For example, students need to be able to recall twenty-two Physics equations alongside quotes from fifteen poems and three pieces of literature.
Each curriculum subject will issue knowledge organisers that contain the core knowledge and key terminology to be learned for each unit/topic, allowing equal access to all students. Students will be taught in lessons and tutor time sessions how to commit the information to memory through quizzing, note-taking and revision techniques. These strategies will also be shared with parents at key information evenings.
Academic Prep may include:
Academic Prep is set via an online platform: https://www.satchelone.com/ indicating the date the task is set and the deadline for completion (at least a week). There is an Academic Prep timetable indicating which night each subject is set and teachers will set tasks based on what will lead to the most successful outcomes for students.
Techniques to support the retrieval of knowledge
Proven techniques to support recall of subject content have been identified and placed below. The impact of these techniques can be significantly improved through parental involvement, as it improves a student’s attitude to learning, confidence and ultimately attainment.
Please click on the link below for techniques on how to revise with our knowledge organiser.