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Study skills parents forum


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Study skills parents forum presentation delivered at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, Essex

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Study skills parents forum

  1. 1. Welcome to RVHS ‘Parents forum’ on – Study Skills, revision tools and how best to support your child's learning. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L@RodingValleyHS
  2. 2. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L Aims of the session: 1. To share with you RVHS’s T&L vision- higher level teaching and learning 2. To share some practical advice on study skills 3. To share some practical revision tools- KS3-KS5 4. To share some important subject specific information on exam boards etc. How do we get there?
  3. 3. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L Regular student voice Learning walks Lesson observations Book and work monitoring Coaching Our expectations ARE high. All lessons will encourage ASPIRATION, instil RESPECT and help all pupils ENDEAVOUR to realise their full potential, through developing a life- long love of learning. Examples: 1. Use of pupil learning checklists 2. Learning checks (AFL) to check understanding in every lesson 3. Differentiation of resources to make everything accessible 4. DO IT NOW tasks to get everyone engaged from the get go! Aim 2: To share with you RVHS’s T&L vision- higher level teaching and learning
  4. 4. What challenges do we face? - As students - As parents - As teachers We’re all in it together!
  5. 5. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L - You’re not expected to know subject specific terminology- ‘Mum, what’s mitosis?!’ - Provide STRUCTURE to learning at home: - A schedule- day by day. - Timings- ‘I will time 30 mins and homework piece 1 should be done!’ See SMHW for timing details- very handy - Monitoring- use SMHW to monitor- R.A.G- has it been handed in? - Communication- if your child cannot complete the homework- then they can contact their teacher directly using the app!
  6. 6. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&LAim 2: To share some practical advice on study skills Opportunities Recognition Interactions Modelling Try to create moments at home to ask questions about your child’s home work or reading- the 5 W’s are helpful- Who? What? When? Where? Why? Encourage them to tell you WHY they are doing this particular homework- how does it link to what’s taught? Example to follow. Using reading lists and available resources on the school website- curriculum maps for all year groups are also available. Year 11- revision guidance available from ALL faculties to keep you in the loop. Check SMHW and look for the green! Notice their organisation commitments- ask them for their books/assessments to see their progress. Here at RVHS, we are really trying to create a culture- the love of reading. Could you possibly share your favourite reads etc?
  7. 7. Aim 3: To share some practical revision tools- KS3-KS5 Questions that unlock thinking of students: Evidence - How do you know that? What evidence is there to support that position? Clarification - Can you put that another way? Can you give me an example? Can you explain that term? Explanation – Why might that be the case? How would we know that? Who might be responsible for…? Linking and extending - Can you add to what X just said? How does this idea support/challenge what we explored earlier in the lesson? Hypothetical – What might happen if…? What would be the potential benefits/impact of X? Summary and synthesis – What remains unsolved/uncertain? What else do we need to know or do to understand this better/be better? Metacognition – What was the most difficult part of that task? How would you do it differently next time? How could you approach this question? These questions can be applied to all subjects and can encourage your child to speak with you about their learning.
  8. 8. Recommendations from department areas. Skills needed to be successful: Subject area: Skills to develop through KS3, 4 and 5 to be successful: English ‘30 minutes private reading every day. Broad subject materials in reading materials. Ability to interpret implicit and explicit details. Reading comprehension of extended pieces of writing from Shakespeare to the current day.’ Head of English- Mrs Routledge Science ‘Debate on ethical scientific issues. Describe, Explain and Evaluate. Extracting information from data. Drawing conclusions. - Calculating means, mode, median. Metric prefixes. Use of remembered or given equation.’ Head of Science- Mr Poovilingham Maths ‘Place Value, number properties (factors and multiples) four operations including decimals, area of shapes, angle facts (straight line and around a point), converting metric units, converting and comparing fractions, operations with fractions, algebra, percentages and statistics’ Head of Maths- Mr Odeko Humanities Reading and Comprehension. Research. Note taking and annotations . Memory / Recall. Extended writing.’ Head of Humanities- Mrs Preston MFL ‘Using context, gist and knowledge of one's own language to work out meaning from texts. Learning and retaining vocabulary. Reading and Listening of authentic texts to increase ability to understand target language in different settings and contexts Speaking and Writing - Grammar study to construct sentences and manipulate language. Resilience to try to speak and write and learn from mistakes’ Head of MFL- Mr Melvin ICT, Business & Media ‘Comprehension, presentation skills to specified audiences, numerical skills, logical thinking, analytical and critical thinking, ability to make and justify judgements whilst considering the bigger picture’ Head of Computer Science- Mr Hussain Creative Arts Good written and analytical skills, basic drawing skills, ability to use a variety of sources to research the work of relevant artists and photographers, planning and organisation in arranging your own photo shoots/props/models/locations, thinking outside the box creatively and avoiding cliché and stereotype responses, superb time management and adhering to strict deadlines’ Head of Creative Arts- Ms Ball SEN department ASDAN award- ‘The programmes offer flexible ways of accrediting skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. They encompass preparation for life and work, enrichment, PSHE and Citizenship’ Head of SEN- Ms Lafferty
  9. 9. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L Aim 3: To share some practical revision tools- KS3-KS5 At RVHS, we would expect our mind maps to be: 1. Based on a particular section/ key topic or key skill from the exam board- IE Nazi Germany 2. Branches that break down the KEY information 3. Added detail to the KEY information 4. Pictures for memory 5. Thickness of stands to depict importance 6. Colour coding system A Buzan Mindmap
  10. 10. Ms Paige Larkin Assistant Head Teacher- T&L Aim 3: To share some practical revision tools- KS3-KS5
  11. 11. £1.80 for a full revision pack Everything available from the RVHS shop!
  12. 12. Revision style- taking notes Cornell Notes- useful for students who want a structure/ logic
  13. 13. The revision motto is: 1. Learn It 2. Define It 3. Use It •4. Link It •5. Deconstruct It
  14. 14. Aim 4: To share some important subject specific information on exam boards etc. Handout: 1. Important information regarding examination boards for our faculties and subject areas. 2. Resources- potential, accessible ways to access resources for revision and learning 3. School website- Take a look at our reading lists and curriculum maps to see what your child is learning per term I welcome your feedback on this evenings session!