Purposeful homework: retrieval, practice and reading.


The purpose of homework at Wyvern St Edmund’s is for students to learn, retain, practice and extend the knowledge and skills that they are taught in school. Therefore, homework activities should require students to engage with retrieval practice, deliberate practice and reading.


  • The frequency of homework will vary according to the subject
  • A minimum of 5 days should be allowed between setting and completion
  • One piece of homework should take no more than 30 minutes to complete (except project work e.g. in Art)
  • Students will be sanctioned for failure to complete homework
  • Parents/carers and students can see what homework has been set on SatchelOne

Key principles


  • You child will be set work to recall material that they may have been taught weeks or months previously as well as more recently – this is to make their learning more ‘sticky’.
  • Your child will be set a range of retrieval activities e.g. self-quizzing, an online quiz, summarising, practice papers, gap filling or mapping.
  • The retrieval work set should be effortful and challenging – the more challenging it is to recall the information from memory, the better it is for long-term learning so please don’t worry if your child finds it hard to remember the answer to a question!
  • If revision work is set, we want students to know what the most effective strategies are: spaced practice, interleaving, elaboration, concrete examples, dual coding and retrieval practice (click here).


  • Sometimes, it will be more appropriate to set practice tasks so that students can improve a specific element of a skill e.g. adding tone to a pencil drawing.
  • Students should be given clear goals for their practice so that they can gauge that their practice is effective in moving them forwards.


  • Should be linked, thematically or contextually, to the curriculum content being taught in lessons to reinforce or extend knowledge or
  • Should be linked to previous curriculum content to reinforce or extend knowledge or
  • Should be linked to upcoming curriculum content to give students some prior knowledge or context to enable students to engage with future learning more effectively.
  • Should be accessible and appropriate for the age range of the students in the class (with scaffolding, adapted or alternative texts where appropriate).