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Homework guidance - developing metacognition

Homework guide 2022 2023

Spring term homework schedule 2023

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Spring term homework guide 2022

Metacognition and metacognitive strategies - InnerDrive Online Academy

Learn everything you need to know about metacognition, metacognitive strategies and how and why to apply them.

What is metacognition?

Year 1 have demonstrated their knowledge of animals within Science using their chosen metacognition strategy.

Year 2 share their plans using metacognition

Summer term home learning guide example

Summer Term Home Learning Guide

Spring Term Home Learning Guide

This term the metacognition strategy we are learning about is bullet points. Bullet points are a useful tool to help us summarise knowledge and show that we have understood what we have read or heard.

We have devised some simple tips to help your child this term with this new strategy, so they can begin to understand the benefits of bullet points and how It can help them learn.


Bullet points are an excellent example of one of our reading vipers – It is about organising the important pieces of information into a bullet pointed list.



There are different ways to organise the bullet points. They can be done in one long list or can be organised under separate headings related to different areas within the topic. For younger children they might want to use pictorial representations of the topic, if this is how they learn best. If your children want to, they could also colour code the points that they find hardest or easiest to remember. 


Bullet points are key words or phrases that will help you remember information you have retrieved. Each key word is a different bullet point and they are not written as complete sentences.

To help we have made a model of the bullet point strategy, to show what could be expected from a younger child. This model is about hedgehogs, a Year 1 theme from last term, but please remember to make your bullet points list using the new knowledge organiser and information sent home. We look forward to sharing your child’s home learning with them and thank you for your support.



We spent a lot of time in the last term working with parents to produce a homework strategy that would benefit the children and add meaning to their learning. This is a work in progress but we are very happy with the results and can't wait to see the children engaging with their homework and enjoying learning how to support themselves in the learning process using metacognition skills.

Amelia in year 4 started with an A4 mindmap and then consolidated her learning, adding to a much larger, very informative mind map.

Examples of Early Years mind maps Autumn 2020

Various examples of mind maps from across the school - October 2020

A video explaining the new homework guidance can be viewed at:

The new 2020 2021 homework guidance leaflet

Alongside the guidance leaflet is the homework calendar. This shows what homework is due and when it is needed. Note: The Early Years version is slightly different from the rest of the school. This is stuck inside all homework books and journals termly.

Homework guidance leaflet 2020 2021