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Good afternoon

White rabbits, white rabbits – let us have some luck on our side as well as a lot of hard work. We certainly have had a sunshine start to the term in so many ways and I am really looking forward to so many exciting things happening in the next 5 weeks. Mr Brotherston has called it mad March because we have so many careers activities planned.

This week my assembly has been about ‘thoughts’ and how we ‘retain information in our long term memories to draw upon during tests’. It is incredible how our brains work and how we decipher information every second of the day. No wonder it is tough to pass exams, how on earth do we learn so much, store so much, recall it when required and then apply it in so many different subjects.

Well according to guidance we need to make the information memorable, to do something active with it, to chunk it so we do not overload our short term memories, and then repeat it so that overtime we can transfer it to the long term memory. An interesting strategy that I like is to create a ‘memory palace’ by making connections to parts of a room and linking key information to it:

Steps to use the memory palace include:

  1. 1. Choose your palace. First and foremost, you'll need to pick a place that you're very familiar with.
  2. List distinctive features. Now you need to pay attention to specific features in the place you chose.
  3. Imprint the palace on your mind
  4. Associate with information that you need to learn
  5. Visit your palace.

It just might be worth trying? Apparently people can memorize the order of a deck of cards using this strategy. A good night’s sleep is also very important for us to function effectively and taking breaks, I think it is safe to say that cramming just does not work.

Next week we have a curriculum focus week to support and guide our pupils, this will either be exam focused support or opportunities to understand the different curriculum options on offer. I am sure that there will be photos to peruse in next week’s bulletin.

Mrs J Burton


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