Home Learning

We are introducing an exciting new approach to Home Learning (homework) at Manchester Health Academy.  Staff have produced detailed Knowledge Organisers for Years 7, 8 and 9. The Knowledge Organiser holds all the key information that students need to learn for a topic for that half term in each subject area.

Our new Home Learning model is strongly focused on retrieval practice in the classroom, based on the learning conducted at home. Evidence shows that this approach facilitates improved retention of knowledge, and this fits with our knowledge rich curriculum.

Ms Whitworth, Assistant Principal – Curriculum, explains more about how this approach works:

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 home learning timetable and make sure you have a copy of the knowledge organiser booklet

2. Set aside time every evening for home learning 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 knowledge organiser to test your child. Ask a question, listen to their answer and check against the knowledge organiser.

Knowledge Organisers

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 received a set of Knowledge Organisers at the start of Half Terms 2, 3 and 4, click the Year below to see them:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

The aims of our new Home Learning model include:

  • Embed crucial knowledge in to students long term memory
  • Build a greater knowledge base to which new learning can be anchored
  • Take ownership and responsibility for their learning
  • Enhance their study skills e.g. planning, time management and self-discipline

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.

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X