The homework strategy at HLC is designed to support students in moving the core knowledge taught in lessons into their long-term memory. The aim is to enable students to free up space in their working memory so that they can complete their work with fluency. This is very similar to knowing how to drive. We know how to drive so well that we free up the space in our brains to focus on our route, any hazards and even conversations in the car. Through our homework strategy we aim to ensure that students know the information we have taught them so thoroughly that they will be have freed up space in their working memories to complete challenging tasks, such as write well argued essays and contribute appropriately to discussions.
We know that the human brain naturally forgets information, therefore in order for our students to move the knowledge from the lessons into their long-term memory they have to repeatedly recall that information. The more times they recall or retrieve the information the less likely they are to forget it.
We therefore want our students to practise remembering the core knowledge from their lessons at home. Teachers have created ‘Knowledge Organisers’, which is an A4 sheet of the core knowledge for each topic, for students to learn.
Below are videos on different strategies that students can use to help revise the core knowledge using the Knowledge Organisers.
When students get back into lesson their teacher will give them quizzes and activities to see what they have remembered. This will help them to know what they need to revise in the future; what is in their long-term memory and what they still have to work at remembering.
The Knowledge Organisers for each department can be found on Teams.
Look, Cover, Write & Repeat
How we set Homework
At HLC homework is set on Bromcom by the class teacher. Using the Bromcom Student Portal, which students can access on both a phone app or a web browser, students can keep track of homework that is set and give feedback on any submitted work.
On some tasks, students will be required to upload files. This can be done from within the Student Portal.
Where appropriate, staff will then provide feedback to students on the work completed.
Parents can access their child’s homework via the My Child at School website to see what homework has been set and what their child has completed.
My Child at School
MyChildatSchool is an online portal for parents that enables them to view their child's performance at school in real-time via the web. The facility allows the child's attendance, grades and behavior to all be accessed whenever the parent/carer wants.
As well as pupil performance data, the portal also provides general information about school, such as the school calendar and any announcements. Parents no longer need to wait for termly reports to obtain information about their child, they can check whenever they want for up-to-date information.