Sheddingdean Community Primary School

Sheddingdean Community Primary School

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Ofsted 2017: Teachers value the contribution that pupils make to lessons. They use questions skilfully to engage pupils and encourage discussion.
Ofsted 2017: The entire staff team is committed to ensuring that the school is a happy place for pupils.
Ofsted 2017: The values of the school, ‘reflective, resourceful, reciprocal and resilient’, are well embedded in the school’s culture and regularly referred to in assemblies and lessons.
Ofsted 2017: In the Early Years, adults support children well by listening to responses and asking questions that extend thinking, using appropriate vocabulary to support learning.

Notices:

Learning Powers

 

WE ARE LEARNING HEROES WITH LEARNING POWER!

 

At Sheddingdean Primary school we believe that learning should be a life-long enterprise. We aim to develop our pupils Learning Powers not just so they can complete school learning more easily and effectively but so that will leave school with the ‘disposition’ (a set of habits and attitudes) which will serve them well as they boldly go through the journey of life.

 

 

 

What is Learning Power all about?

Learning Power is about learning how to be a better learner. It is about the individual learner, their personal ‘disposition’ towards learning. The Learning Power ‘capacities’ are a set of ‘learning muscles’ that need to be exercised so that they grow strong this is something that can be learnt, practised and improved. It is about creating habits and attitudes which enable pupils to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively. It is about practical strategies that can be used in real situations. It is not a subject in itself, rather it is a ‘framework’ that sits within and across all lessons.

 

What are the details of Learning Power?

Learning Power is divided into 4 DISPOSITIONS, with each of these sub-divided into CAPACITIES, each of these focuses on specific learning attribute/ strategy to help the learner to ‘get better at learning’.

 

How is Learning Power used in school?

Across lessons and subjects teachers and pupils refer to the dispositions and capacities that are being practiced that could be useful for the task. Sometimes there will be specific activities relating to a capacity, other times it will be a simple reference.

 

In every classroom there is a display that points to the specific disposition and capacities that are in focus during that term. Teachers and pupils regularly refer to this. In Assemblies we find opportunities to tease out these learning attributes, as appropriate. Each week in Celebration Assembly, a pupil from each class is chosen as Learning Power Hero of the Week.

 

What benefits does Learning Power give pupil?

  • Pupils are more aware of, and are more confident in their own learning abilities
  • Pupils have learning powered strategies to help them cope with difficulties and to face confusion without getting upset
  • Pupil learn faster and learn better
  • Pupils concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable
  • Pupils can identify what is worth learning
  • Pupil know what they are good (or not so good) at
  • Pupils know who can help
  • Pupils know how to work independently and socially
  • Pupil know what is the best learning tool and learning process for the job at hand

 

How can parents help at home?

  • Ask your children about their learning muscles they have been using at school
  • Use the language of LP when undertaking tasks at home: e.g. ‘Well done that was excellent collaboration when you helped me to tidy up the room.’
  • Find particular opportunities to develop capacity: e.g. ‘Planning’ can be developed by sitting with your child and planning the day trip to the beach together
  • Use questions like: ‘How would you solve this?’, ‘What would happen if…?’, ‘What would you do next?’, ‘What skills would you need to use to be able to …?’

 

If your child becomes stuck in their learning ask them to think of what they would have to do at school to get unstuck

  • Welcome and foster your child’s questioning spirit as much as you can
  • Involve them in your own learning activities. Try to ‘think aloud’ as you try a new recipe or struggle with a bit of DIY. It helps children grow if they see that you too struggle with uncertainties but employ a range of strategies to cope with them

 

How will Learning Power grow and develop in school?

Our first steps are to gradually teach the pupil the meanings of each Disposition and their Capacities. One Disposition is focused on each half term:

Resilience

Reciprocity/ Relationships

Reflectiveness

Resourcefulness

 

The older pupils will also be choosing their own personal target capacities.