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We have identified the following characteristics of successful learners and strive to provide opportunities for all our pupils to develop these skills and qualities. Where learning is effective, pupils are motivated to:

  • Take an active interest in their studies through encouragement and support from their parents/carers
  • Improve their performance and are willing to learn from areas for development as well as strengths
  • Enjoy lessons and readily respond to the challenge of the tasks set
  • Care about the presentation of their work and look after resources
  • Be creative and use their imagination to; “Think outside the box”

They learn to take responsibility for:

  • Their learning
  • Evaluating their achievement of learning objectives/outcomes
  • Concentrating on tasks set and listening attentively when appropriate
  • Developing the confidence to ask questions
  • Helping each other and working collaboratively as well as independently
  • Developing over time the ability to work autonomously and to take responsibility for their own learning, increasingly taking initiative

We support this by:

  • Using regular positive marking
  • Assessing and measuring progress against the lesson objectives and feeding back to children
  • Setting achievable targets in Mathematics and Literacy
  • Celebrating and enriching learning through special subject weeks and the programme of visits
  • Focusing on using higher order, open ended questioning to challenge, support and develop each child’s learning
  • Encouraging, teaching and developing listening skills
  • Planning ‘ Time for Talk ’ to enable children to rehearse and develop their ideas with peers and adults
  • Setting clear boundaries through our ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy
  • Planning a variety of interesting, interactive and enjoyable activities
  • Praising effort and outcomes through the rewards system

Understanding the implications of the social dimension of successful learning by:

  • Making decisions to keep children safe and healthy
  • Allowing them to develop confidence in their own ideas but share a willingness and ability to respect and build on the ideas of others
  • Being punctual and ready to learn
  • Learning to adapt to different ways of working
  • Evaluating their own work realistically against agreed targets
  • Using SEAL and Circle time to develop co-operation, emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Using social skills groups, play leaders and learning mentors to support children’s social and emotional development
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