The recently reformed curriculum has a much greater need for students to learn, recall and retrieve knowledge. In order to help students develop the skills needed to successfully learn key knowledge and to give them some time in College, outside of their normal lessons to do this, we have introduced the KITE programme. KITE stands for Knowing, Interleaving, Testing and Exceeding. Every student has been issued with a KITE booklet. The booklet contains the basic knowledge they are expected to learn this year in each subject. Students will learn how to put this in context and how to apply it through lessons. During Tutor time, students will be shown techniques to help them learn and remember this knowledge. Time will be devoted to creating revision resources and for low-stakes testing on the material during Tutor time.
We are extremely excited about this new programme and believe that it will support students to learn the key knowledge needed for each subject and, moreover, help them to develop the skills they need to become lifelong learners. The KITE booklets will also be used as part of the Home Learning in each subject and it is expected that students use their KITE booklets at home to self-quiz and to create flash cards and mind maps to help them remember this knowledge, use it in context and create connections. Please support your child in using their KITE booklet at home.
Marking and Feedback
Following the success of our introduction of the Ivybridge Learning Strategy and accompanying bespoke subject specific exercise books, we have made another exciting development in how we provide feedback to our students. In line with changes across the educational sector and on a local and national level, we are making a shift from teachers writing extensive comments in exercise books to more immediate, live marking and feedback. Teachers will be monitoring written work in exercise books regularly and recording learning points in a Log Book which will allow for more responsive and personalised planning for subsequent lessons. Our intent is for students to always know how they are progressing and what they need to do to improve; this approach will allow teachers to act quickly to support students to make rapid progress whilst allowing them to continue to enjoy their learning journey.