At West lakes Academy, we change lives through learning. Learning means being able to remember the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom for weeks and years after the lesson was first delivered. This is not easy! One key way of doing it is to make sure that knowledge gained is regularly revised so that it stays easy to access in the memory. Our conversations with students at the academy have shown that though students know they should revise, very few know how to do so effectively.
To help support students with long-term knowledge retention, West Lakes Academy has produced the poster attached to this email. The poster explains some of the most effective methods of revision as demonstrated by international research evidence. It is these techniques that we would like to encourage children to use when they revise as these are more likely to help them to remember information than any other method.
Your child has an electronic copy of this poster on their iPad and if they are in a year group that has examinations coming up soon, they also have a paper copy. Your child’s subject teachers will talk them through how to use these different techniques over the coming weeks.
We would really appreciate your support with encouraging your child to use the revision techniques outlined on this poster. You could perhaps do this by discussing their revision with them at home, testing them on some of their knowledge, or even helping them find room for the poster on their bedroom wall.
You can also visit the Learning Scientist website where there are many videos that can help support you with the techniques discussed in the poster below. We hope that you find these resources supportive. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the academy.