At Trinity Academy, we have an approach to homework that is based on knowledge organisers. A knowledge organiser (KO) sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic on a single page. For homework, students are expected to learn the information in one or more boxes from the knowledge organiser. They can do this in a variety of ways. This includes look-cover-write-check (LCWC), producing flashcards and making mindmaps. By developing these learning techniques, students are not only learning important information, but developing strategies that will help them with their revision for their important GCSE and A-level examinations. Research shows that the regular completion of quality homework can improve student progress by 5 months (EEF Research).
As the purpose of the knowledge organiser homework is for students to develop their own knowledge, teachers do not mark the work they have done. However, teachers will sign to show they have checked that the homework has been completed. If the homework task has not been completed, parents can be contacted by email. The evidence of learning comes in two forms - low-stakes quizzes in lessons and formal assessments. Students who regularly use the knowledge organisers effectively have a better chance of achieving their target grades.
We have created a handy guide about how students can use their knowledge organiser. This is found below.
How to Use Your Knowledge Organiser: