Home Learning: Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all curriculum areas pre plan all home learning tasks which follows the Key Stage 4 home learning frequency table. Home learning tasks at Key Stage 4 is subject dependent.

KS4 Home Learning 12.01.2022

What the research says

Home Learning and etymology

We are constantly striving to improve our standards to ensure our students have the best quality of education. Last term we launched our new home learning programme for key stage three students. This programme replaced our traditional homework policy for those students. As we move into a new half term, we have decided to add a new etymology task to our English and science knowledge organisers.

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which they have developed throughout history. As part of our home learning agenda, we want our students to develop their literacy through improved word recognition and spelling skills. Research tells us that etymology helps students to connect new learning to prior learning making it highly retainable and is far superior to rote learning of vocabulary.

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Sir Richard Owen came up with the name dinosaur in 1841 to describe the fossils of extinct reptiles. He coined the word by combining the Greek words deinos, which means “terrible”, and sauros, which means “lizard”.

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The word muscle comes from the Latin musculus meaning “little mouse“, as the ancient Romans thought flexed bicep muscles resembled a small mouse (mus in Latin).

From half term five, home learning knowledge organisers will have one etymology question based on the science and English knowledge organisers. It will be an expectation for all students to research the etymology of the selected word. This question will form part of their home learning retrieval activity during class time.

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