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The Homework Jigsaw
In order to ensure that homework at St. Mary’s is of the highest standard, students, teachers and parents have a key role to play:
Types of Homework
Without doubt, young people need an ever widening repertoire of vocabulary in order to communicate their knowledge and understanding of subject specialism. When a V appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a challenge related to learning the spelling and/or the definition of key terminology.
Reading for purpose is an essential element of being a successful learner. Being able to extract key information from text using a range of styles is empowering for any young person wishing to develop as an independent learner. When a R appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set the challenge of reading a piece of text to be used in a future lesson as a basis for individual, paired or group work.
Arriving at a lesson having already prepared a series of questions, carried out some research on a topic, or devised a creative response to a set challenge, is a simple yet highly effective homework strategy. When a P appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student is required to prepare in advance of a future lesson in order to create pace and support student centred leadership.
On occasion, a subject teacher may wish to set a piece of investigative homework which spans a series of weeks. When an I appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a challenge in the form of an extended project.
Having the opportunity to consolidate learning which has taken place in a lesson is not only valid but sometimes essential. When a C appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student has been set a piece of work to reinforce what has taken place during the lesson.
An important characteristic of a successful learner is being aware of our own strengths and weaknesses. Only then are we better equipped to act upon that awareness and change the way we do things. This puts us, the learner, more in control! When a F appears next to a piece of homework, it indicates that the student is required to reflect upon their teacher’s feedback and plan, monitor or evaluate how to improve as a result of the Tip, Challenge or Think that has been set.
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