As a relatively new school (we opened in September 2003) we have yet to finalise our Teaching for Learning policy. We are undertaking a range of internal and external research and professional debates to design a policy which encapsulates the principles, aims and actions we think best suit our pupils and our context.
One of the key groups we have researched with is, of course, the children themselves. Our Y1 and Y2 pupils have spent a half hour session a fortnight this term discussing learning:
How do we learn?
When and where we learn?
Who helps us learn?
What they think are the most valuable things they learn?
All of this discussion was building towards the final question which was to ask the children what they think makes a great learner.
Being frank with the range of responses we got from these 5-7-year-olds I think our policy writing work is basically done.
Apologies that this is in list form, but I hope you enjoy the range of ideas:
try your best don’t give up
keen work hard
listen well practise
be patient ask for help
let others join in positive attitude
making mistakes reading
learn from others explain your learning
ask questions motivated
solves problems imaginative
tries hard things determined
take time enjoys
keeps learning search for clues
confident take risks
learn together use old learning
get excited practical
set challenges time to think