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Learning Statement

LEARNING STATEMENT

 

Definitions of learning

 

  • Acquiring skills and knowledge for real life that are useful
  • Accumulating knowledge and applying it
  • Practicing and retaining knowledge, understanding and skills
  • A unique process through which you discover, remember, rehearse and apply knowledge, values and skills.  This inclusive process enriches your emotional, social and cognitive development.  It is an individual and collective right. 

The need for key learning skills

 

As teachers we need to focus on the key learning skills in order to help children to become more effective learners and therefore raise attainment.  We want children to become better learners. 

 

Key Learning skills

 

Following a lengthy process of consultation with staff, governors and parents we have defined children’s key learning skills as:

 

  1. Making connections
  2. Motivation, enjoyment and curiosity
  3. Imagination and creativity
  4. Resilience and perseverance
  5. Reflection and self-evaluation
  6. Independence
  7. Team work
  8. Communication
  9. Literacy
  10. Numeracy

 

Key Learning Objectives

 

In order to address learning skills it is more helpful to consider them as learning objectives.These are not acquired in the same way as literacy or numeracy skills, rather children become more or less disposed to respond to them.We therefore use verbs rather than nouns to describe them.All adults will be proactive in teaching and developing these objectives.

Our agreed learning objectives

 

To communicate

  • To speak clearly and be able to make yourself understood
  • To listen to others and understand them

 

To be literate

  • To be able to read different forms of text
  • To communicate meaning in different written formats

 

To be numerate

  • To be able to reason with numbers and mathematical concepts
  • To be comfortable with logic and reasoning
  • To be confident and competent with numbers and measures
  • To understand ways in which data is gathered

 

To learn in teams

  • To have a sense of shared community
  • To take turns
  • To value each others’ contributions
  • To accept and take part in routines
  • To follow the lead of another child or adult
  • To show a sense of others’ needs

 

To be reflective and to self evaluate

  • To identify options or choices
  • To reflect on what they have learnt
  • To consider a range of options

 

To be resilient and to persevere

  • To understand that learning takes time and can be frustrating
  • To respond to new challenges
  • To stick at activities
  • To show determination towards a set goal
  • To take personal responsibility for learning
  • To take risks
  • To put in enhanced effort and performance following failure

 

To be motivated, to show enjoyment and curiosity

  • To have a willingness to try out new experiences
  • To ask questions
  • To try new experiences
  • To investigate or explore new ideas

 

To be imaginative and creative

  • To solve problems
  • To reformulate ideas
  • To make connections in learning
  • To be a divergent and critical thinker – there are a range of possible solutions
  • To construct their own learning

 

To make connections

  • To relate information in different ways
  • To use one skill taught on one area in another area
  • To apply information
  • To look for patterns and relationships, problem solving and reasoning

 

To be independent

  • To accept and take responsibility
  • To organise oneself and one’s own working environment
  • To make choices and decisions about friends, activities, interests and actions
  • To know when to seek help
  • To show self-discipline, accepting consequences of choices
  • To offer assistance to others