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Practice for Retrieval

Practice for retrieval plays a vital role in consolidating and extending learning beyond the classroom. Regular practice encourages our students to work independently and it establishes effective study and work habits. Practice for retrieval enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills. All students will have the opportunity to practice work independently that has been learnt within a current or previous lesson.

Classwork and Practice for retrieval

There is a strong link between active participation in class and practice for retrieval at home. Practice for retrieval encourages long term memory development and helps to improve pupils outcomes in exams.

Practice for Retrieval Frequency

Practice for retrieval tasks will be set in every subject. In Key Stage 3 each practice for retrieval activity should take approximately 15-30 minutes. In Key Stage 4 each subject will set approximately 1 hour of practice for retrieval each week. A variety of tasks will be set for this purpose which include (but are not limited to):

1. Spellings
2. Learning of the definitions of key words for assessments
3. Learning of the key facts from a topic
4. Practice exam questions
5. Opportunity to read a text/book/article in a subject area and complete a comprehension task on this

Study space

We encourage students to make use of the school learning resource centre at lunchtimes and after school. Our extensive ICT facilities are also readily accessible. It will help your child if you can provide a quiet place for practicing retrieval at home.

Practice for retrieval sanction process

If a student fails to complete their practice for retrieval work for a particular subject, they will receive a departmental detention. This detention will be repeated until the work is caught up with. Please note that this sanction can be repeated by each subject. As such, we encourage parents to remind students to continually work on their practice for retrieval tasks to avoid a build-up in workload.

FAQs

Q. What sort of tasks will be set?

1. Spellings
2. Learning of the definitions of key words for assessments
3. Learning of the key facts from a topic
4. Practice exam questions
5. Opportunity to read a text/book/article in a subject area and complete a comprehension task on this

Q. As a parent, should I help with Practice for Retrieval tasks?

We hope that parents will take an interest in their child's work and check that it is being done. Form Tutors also check students' progress regularly. We encourage your child to develop a routine in which parents’ are able to offer support. We recognise that balancing this with evening meals and bedtime routines can be demanding. We will always try to help where we can.

 

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