Home learning at TPS is set for every weeknight. Each subject has Core Questions home learning set for one night of the week in the form of retrieval practice of Core Questions (this will be explained below). Your subjects may set additional tasks too throughout the week – your teachers will tell you if you need to complete these.
How will home learning be checked/marked?
Students will be given quizzes on the core questions in every subject and will be expected to show that they have completed their home learning by practising the questions.
Additional home learning tasks will be checked by the teacher.
What are Core Questions and how should I practise them?
Core questions are sets of questions and answers that all students are expected to learn off by heart by practising using the "Look, Cover, Say, Check" method: cover the answers, read the question, say the answer, uncover the answer to check if you got it right. If you didn't get it correct then say the correct answer out loud and write it down. Repeat for all questions until you are confident in all of them. Paper copies of Core Questions will be given out every half term and they will be available through the school website.
When you are given a new set of Core Questions, you will need to add them to your practice but you must continue to practise the old ones as well, so that you continue to remember them. All our Core Questions have been chosen because they are important both now and later in your study – so it is very important that you do not forget them once you have learned them.
When you have quizzes and tests on Core Questions, you will be asked about questions from any point, to make sure that you are revising and practising all your Core Questions and not just the most recent ones.
How long should I spend on my home learning?
There is no rule for the amount of time you should spend on home learning, but as a guide between 30 – 60 minutes is usually a good amount for most students to learn what they need to whilst leaving time for other activities.
Why is it important that everybody does home learning?
Scientists have found that there is no limit to what the human brain can learn – all it takes is practice. You can get good at any subject just by practising it! So we must all do our home learning so that we can be the best that we can be.
In addition, we owe it to our classmates to do our home learning, so that our teacher does not have to waste time going over things that should have been learned as homework. We will all do well if we all work hard!
How can parents/older siblings/carers support with home learning?
Often parents, carers, or older siblings may wish to support with home learning. There are several things you can do:
1. Be aware of the homework timetable (above) and make sure you have copies of all the Core Questions as they are released.
2. Set aside time every evening for homework to be completed.
3. Create a distraction-free environment: people learn best in a quiet, tidy room, with no telly or music on, and phones in another room so they are not a temptation.
4. Ask questions from the Core Questions sheets to test your child. Ask a question, listen to their answer, check against the sheet and correct if necessary. Repeat for all questions.