At Castle Manor Academy, we have a knowledge based approach to learning where we believe that children require central, essential knowledge base to strengthen and deepen their understanding across the breadth of subjects studied. Therefore, home learning should be robust and support student progress in the form of either knowledge retention or development, or deliberate practice of skills. Students' home learning can be found on Go 4 Schools.

Knowledge based home learning

Knowledge based home learning will be supported by the format of knowledge organisers Students will be provided with a knowledge organiser per subject, per half term or unit of study, which will outline the essential knowledge they need to learn.  Each week, students are required to spend a minimum of 30 minutes learning from their knowledge organisers for each subject. This time may be spent in a variety of ways, as directed by the subject teacher such as creating flash cards or self-quizzing.

Knowledge retention will be tested at least once a week during lessons, where tests may take a range of forms such as peer testing, self-testing or a formal written test. 

Deliberate practise home learning

Teachers can take the option to set home learning that is deliberate practise, which could consist of tasks such as past exam questions, perfect paragraphs, subject specific skills practice or content drills that reinforce learning.  These will be reviewed in the following week during lessons, and outcomes tracked and monitored. Feedback for any written home learning will be provided by teachers within a week of submission.  Opportunities to reflect and improve will be given.