Home Learning & Revision

HOME LEARNING AND REVISION

Introduction to home learning and revision

Teaching students how to correctly retain knowledge and key subject vocabulary is fundamental to successful learning. Improving knowledge retention will have a positive impact on all levels of attainment and achievement.

When used appropriately, consistently, and in structured time at home, Knowledge Organisers (KOs) will help instil in students a wide range of knowledge to prepare them for lessons, the new style GCSEs and the world of work. KOs also encourage students to be independent when developing knowledge.

At CAN, we introduce our students to techniques that help make this key knowledge stick, through use of self-quizzing and retrieval practice within lessons.

NOTE: At the moment only Year 7 and Year 11 will have Knowledge organisers – these will be phased out to Year 8, 9, and 10 over the next few months.  For the moment they will have the following text and links.

How do I use a knowledge organisers

Illustration KO Spring 2

Music – Performance Skills KO Spring 2

Textiles – Recycling KO Spring 2

Art – Other Worlds K0

Food tech KO Spring 2

English – Gothic KO Spring 2

Ecosystems KO Spring 2

Tennis KO Spring 2

Science KO Spring 2

SPANISH KO Spring 2

Mathematics – Geometry 1 KO Spring 2

History – Black Death KO Spring 2

Gymnastics KO Spring 2

FRENCH KO Spring 2

Football KO Spring 2

Spanish KO – Summer 1

Science KO – Summer 1

Physical Education KO – Summer 1

Mathematics KO – Summer 1

History KO – Summer 1

English KO – Summer 1

French KO – Summer 1

Geography KO – Summer 1

Creativity KO – Summer 1

Day Subject 1 Time Subject 2 Time
Monday English 30 mins History 30 mins
Tuesday Maths 30 mins Science 30 mins
Wednesday Creativity 30 mins PE 30 mins
Thursday MFL 30 mins Geography 30 mins
Friday English 30 mins Maths 30 mins

 

Subject Knowledge organiser – Summer Term 1 – April-June
Science Chapter 5 – Energy Costs
Chapter 6 – Energy Transfer
Chapter 13 – Earth Structure
Chapter 14 – Universe
English Private Peaceful written by Michael Morpurgo
MFL French – Spring 2
Spanish – Spring 2
Maths Angles and Sequences
Creativity Art – Other worlds
Food Tech – Spring 2
Illustrations and animation – Illustration
Music – Performance skills
Textiles – Recycling
PE Gymnastics
Tennis
Geography Population
History The Tudors

Reading

Reading is not a skill for learning, it is the skill for learning. The research that links reading for pleasure and academic success is irrefutable, and improved range of vocabulary is directly linked to greater earnings in adulthood. More than that, reading opens up a rich world of experience for everybody. It empowers us and we must promote it.

Every student should read for at least half an hour between the end of school and bedtime every day. This reading can range from a personal choice of novel, to magazines and newspapers. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The intention is, over time, to ensure consistent exposure to standard English in all its forms.

Mathematics

Examiners’ reports in three out of the last five years have indicated that young people have learned many of the techniques and concepts required to secure good maths grades, but have been repeatedly let down by shaky arithmetic.

Students will use “MyMaths” to complete 15-30 minutes of maths weekly to practice the skills that they are learning in lesson time.

Log in at www.mymaths.co.uk

Students need to ensure that they use the school login followed by their individual login. These details have been given to students in a letter via their class teacher. Lost login details can be obtained from their class teacher or any member of maths staff.

Please note, other subjects will continue to set homework as and when it is appropriate to do so.

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers to follow

Reading

Reading is not a skill for learning, it is the skill for learning. The research that links reading for pleasure and academic success is irrefutable, and improved range of vocabulary is directly linked to greater earnings in adulthood. More than that, reading opens up a rich world of experience for everybody. It empowers us and we must promote it.

Every student should read for at least half an hour between the end of school and bedtime every day. This reading can range from a personal choice of novel, to magazines and newspapers. It can be fiction or non-fiction. The intention is, over time, to ensure consistent exposure to standard English in all its forms.

Mathematics

Examiners’ reports in three out of the last five years have indicated that young people have learned many of the techniques and concepts required to secure good maths grades, but have been repeatedly let down by shaky arithmetic.

Students will use “MyMaths” to complete 15-30 minutes of maths weekly to practice the skills that they are learning in lesson time.

Log in at www.mymaths.co.uk

Students need to ensure that they use the school login followed by their individual login. These details have been given to students in a letter via their class teacher. Lost login details can be obtained from their class teacher or any member of maths staff.

Please note, other subjects will continue to set homework as and when it is appropriate to do so.

Suggested revision schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend
English Option 2 Maths Option 3 Science Option 4
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Maths Option 3 Science Option 4 Option 1 English
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Science Option 4 Option 1 English Option 2 Maths
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Option 1 English Option 1 Maths Option 3 Science

Our children are now facing a return to 100% terminal examinations for the first time in a generation. Coursework has been removed from the curriculum. We know that cramming for exams does not work and preparing for examinations can promote high levels of stress and anxiety in young people, fueled by social media. Our challenge is to find a way of working that develops learning habits that enable pupils to remember core knowledge of the topics that they study.

We expect year 10 students to spend at least 90 MINUTES every nightsix times per week, revising and preparing for exams, using the resources discussed below.

Revision should be done using the GCSEPod website and MathsWatch website (see below).

How should students revise effectively?

  • Brain science shows that revision is most effective when students revise in 22 minute chunks, taking a five minute break between each chunk
  • Science also shows that students remember more when they focus on different subjects for each chunk of 22 minutes

Revision resources

Every student should use Mathswatch or GCSEPod to complete five 22 minute sessions every week to practice the skills that they are learning in lessons. See suggested schedule above.

Mathswatch

Log on at vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

Username: firstnamesurname@cityacademynorwich
Password:

canmaths

GCSEPod

Year 10 will be set assignments on the website GCSEPod in all subjects that they study. They must complete each one; progress will be monitored and tracked by their subject teacher.

https://members.gcsepod.com/login?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fmembers.gcsepod.com%2F

Instructions for logging on:

  1. Visit members.gcsepod.com/login
  2. Register as a student at City Academy Norwich using the NEW HERE? GET STARTED link
  3. Once you have registered use the same link to login whenever you use this resource

Year 11 students have also been provided with Knowledge Organisers for all their subjects (these can be downloaded here).  We expect students to learn and revise from their KOs every week, as directed by their subject teachers. For students to succeed it is vital that they learn by heart the information on these KOs.

English Literature Paper 1 Revision Tips

English Literature Paper 2 Revision Tips

English Language Knowledge Planner

Summer 1 – Private Peaceful Knowledge organiser

Yr 11 Maths knowledge planner

Yr 11 Trilogy-AQA-Knowledge-organisers

GCSE French knowledge organiser year 10 and 11

GCSE Spanish – Knowledge organiser for year 10 and 11

Yr 11 Computing Knowledge Organiser

Y11Creative iMedia Knowledge Organiser

Suggested revision schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Weekend
English Option 3 Option 1 Maths Option 4 Option 2
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Maths Option 4 Option 2 Science English Option 3
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Science English Option 3 Option 1 Maths Option 4
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Option 1 Maths Option 4 Option 2 Science English
5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break 5 minute break
Option 2 Science English Option 3 Option 1 Maths

We also provide after school interventions for year 11 in English, maths and science.

May Half term intervention timetable

Revision resources

Every student should use Mathswatch or GCSEPod to complete five 22 minute sessions every week to practice the skills that they are learning in lessons. See suggested schedule above.

Mathswatch

Log on at vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle/

Username: firstnamesurname@cityacademynorwich
Password:

canmaths

GCSEPod

Year 11 will be set assignments on the website GCSEPod in all subjects that they study. They must complete each one; progress will be monitored and tracked by their subject teacher.

members.gcsepod.com/login

Instructions for logging on:

  1. Visit members.gcsepod.com/login
  2. Register as a student at City Academy Norwich using the NEW HERE? GET STARTED link
  3. Once you have registered use the same link to login whenever you use this resource