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Masters of Retrieval

Masters of Retrieval


As part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum at Maritime Academy, students are required to gain key knowledge in all of their subjects. This knowledge will equip them not only to understand each subject in more depth and set the foundations for GCSE study, but will also help them to understand the world around them. At Maritime Academy we understand that learning knowledge takes time and this part of the website is dedicated to providing resources to help students revise the content needed each term.

In Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, students will be provided with a ‘knowledge bank’ from the following subjects each term:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French

As part of their weekly homework students will be expected to revise from each knowledge bank. This knowledge will be quizzed through the masters of retrieval quizzes. At the end of every term the knowledge that students are expected to have stored in their Long-Term Memory will be tested. From the results of these tests students will be able to see which subjects they are performing well in and which subjects they need to focus on.

Why is Retrieval Important?


Retrieval practice is a strategy in which recalling information to mind from memory subsequently enhances and boosts learning. Deliberately recalling information forces us to retrieve our knowledge and examine what we know. Often, we think we’ve learned a piece of information, but we come to realise we struggle when we try to recall the answer. It’s precisely this ‘struggle’ or challenge that improves our memory and learning – by trying to retrieve information, we exercise and strengthen our memory, and we can also identify gaps in our learning.

  • Retrieval practice helps students ‘use it or lose it’, just like practicing a language or an instrument
  • With retrieval practice, struggling is a good thing for learning (what scientists call a ‘desirable difficulty’)
  • Retrieval practice improves students’ understanding of their own learning process (what scientists call ‘metacognition’)

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