At Kingsclere CE Primary School, we teach and encourage all children to become thinkers, problem solvers and reflectors. At every stage of learning, we want the children to ask questions and be curious as well as approaching problems and struggles with a positive mindset. We teach and guide the children to use problem solving skills and reflect on their successes and ways to take their thinking and learning even further.
This year we have introduced ‘learning behaviours’ across the school to teach and encourage children to become masters of their own learning journeys.
In Early Years and Key Stage One we have the ‘Achievosaurs’ dinosaurs. Each dinosaur represents a different learning behaviour and celebrates the way children think and learn. It also teaches the children to recognise when a particular learning behaviour is needed such as being a ‘stickasaurus’ when learning becomes challenging.
In Key Stage Two, we build on the learning behaviours that the children have used and applied through the ‘Achievosaurus Dinosaurs’ in Key Stage One. In Key Stage Two we introduce the children to a sequence of learning that involves four steps; Process – the point at which children are acquiring and mastering what they are learning, Strategies – the tools and resources that children might draw upon to support their learning, Showcase – teaching children to take pride in the final outcome and encouraging them to share what they have learnt, Reflect and evaluate – a critical point in the sequence of learning where children are taught and encouraged to reflect on what went well and identify where they could take their learning next or improve to make progress on a challenge they are working through.
All of these learning behaviours are summarised and explained here for Early Years and Key stage One and here for Key Stage Two.