INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Independent Study Policy (Year 7-9)

For students to be able to select, organise and deploy a wide range of knowledge effectively Independent Study will be developed so that it is purposely and deliberately constructed. It will focus on supporting and developing long term memory and ensuring students recover academically from the long term absence due to Covid-19.

Independent Study will be streamlined across the year group for the core subjects through the use of the online platforms Bedrock (English), Hegarty Maths (Maths) and Tassomai (Science). Alongside this we encourage students to study from their knowledge organisers for at least two hours each week to support with learning the key knowledge that is required to access their subjects across the curriculum. 

Please see below for further details of each platform including the required amount for each year group:

Year 7 - 9

How much is there per subject?

Science

Tassomai (2 daily goals)

English 

Green face (Face turns green or 20 points)

Maths

3-5 tasks (70 and over on 3 tasks at least)

KO Quiz

Learn KO and complete Quiz


Suggested Day of Independent Study Completion:

Day

Subject

Monday

Tassomai (due Sunday)

Tuesday

Knowledge Organiser Quiz (due Wednesday)

Wednesday

Bedrock (due Sunday)

Thursday

Tassomai (due Sunday)

Friday

Hegarty Maths (due following Monday)


Year 10 and 11

How much is there per subject?

Science

Tassomai (3 daily goals)

English 

Green face/ 20 points minimum (approx 2 tasks)

Maths

3-5 tasks (70 and over on 3 tasks at least)

KO

Learn your KO as set by your classroom teacher


Suggested Day of Independent Study Completion:

Day

Subject

Monday

Tassomai (due Sunday)

Tuesday

Tassomai (due Sunday)

Wednesday

Bedrock (due Sunday)

Thursday

Tassomai (due Sunday)

Friday

Hegarty Maths  (due following Monday)


If a student is set any additional independent study to what is listed above, this will be posted on google classroom for the students to complete. We also encourage students to read for at least half an hour each night. This could be either their own book, an English set text, a novel, academic journal or broadsheet newspaper.

Q&A for students

Problem

Solution

I have forgotten my password

Contact your teacher as soon as possible. This is not a reasonable excuse for not completing your independent study

I have been unwell

Your LCO will be checking the detention list and will know that you were unable to complete your independent study

I do not understand my independent study

Attend the Early Bird Session to support you to ensure you meet the deadline. 

I forgot to go to my detention

You will now have a 1 hour Friday detention. Remember you still need to complete your Independent Study.

I have not done my homework twice in a half term for a subject, what does this mean?

You will now need to attend ‘Early Bird support’ between 7:30 and 8:20 at least once the following week.

I was meant to go to ‘Early Bird support’ but I did not go?

You will have a 1 hour Friday detention. Remember the Early Bird support is there to stop this happening.


Please click on the expandable sections below to access information about Independent Study & Knowledge Organisers.

Support and 'How to' Guides

Why are we using Knowledge Organisers?

  • The GCSE and BTEC courses have changed to focus on the retrieval of knowledge.
  • Students need to know specific dates, key words and formula.
  • By learning the key facts from as early as Year 7 the knowledge is becoming part of our students’ long term memory which will support them in reaching their potential in exams.
  • The knowledge organisers contain ­core knowledge which is essential for progress in each subject area.
  • Students are required to learn prescribed parts of the knowledge organiser each week; these will be formally quizzed in the following lesson.

How do I use a knowledge organiser?

  • Each knowledge organiser has the key facts for the topic you are learning
  • You will have specific homework set around each area of the knowledge organiser
  • You need to memorise the content of the knowledge organiser before you are quizzed in class
  • Use the look, and cover, and say, and write, and check method to learn the information.

Autumn 2021 Knowledge Organisers

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