The Young Leadership Team have been very busy thinking about how we learn best, and how we can become really successful learners at Bowsland Green.
Firstly, we asked ourselves, ‘What is learning?’
These are our ideas:
- Learning is when you get your brain moving!
- Learning is you becoming an interesting person.
- Learning is when children have a chance to expand their mind, let their imagination run wild, and have fun!
- Learning is helping you when you’re older to do things.
- Learning teaches you new skills and lessons for when you’re older and need to get a job.
- Learning is finding out new skills and achieving targets.
- Learning is about when you try really hard and push yourself to your limits!
Secondly, we thought about what helps us in our learning, and what stops us learning. In other words, what are our ‘Movers’ and ‘Blockers’? Each class has tried to think about this, and here are the ideas from FIR class:
MOVERS – What helps you learn?
- Helpful talk
- Knowing what to do and what to do next in your learning
- Listening and concentrating
- Working with others
- Being prepared
- Being positive
- Using resources around the classroom
- Thinking of the school values
- Having fun!
BLOCKERS – What stops you from learning?
- Unhelpful talk
- General noises
- Being distracted
- No help
- Being hungry or thirsty
- Being unprepared
- Not being honest about your learning
We also are using the language of ‘Helpful’ and ‘Unhelpful’ talk throughout the school. This is to help us make sure our talk is helping us move our learning forward. Here are some of the ideas in FIR class:
FIR class responses to helpful and unhelpful talk
Helpful talk is…
- Giving advice
- Being encouraging
- Talking about learning
- Being polite
- Asking questions
- Sharing ideas
Unhelpful talk is….
- Telling tales
- Name calling
- Chatting – when it’s not about our learning
- Communicating with notes / hands
We’ve also been thinking about what a successful learner does. Here are our ideas:
Young Leadership Team responses to ‘What does a successful learner do?’
- Shows resilience
- Doesn’t distract others
- Feeling safe in your surroundings and not afraid to make mistakes
- Knows what to do
- Knows what to do if they are stuck
- Can work in a team
- Helps others
- Uses resources well and looks around them to learn.
- Asks questions
- Tries their best
- Has pride in their work
- Ready to try new things and has courage
- Listens to the teacher
- Is independent in their work
- Really LOVES learning!
Our next task is to develop the ‘successful learning jigsaw’ created by Di Pardoe. This will help all the children at Bowsland to be the best they can be. Here it is!
The staff at Bowsland have looked at each piece of the jigsaw in a staff meeting and thought about what excellent learning would ‘look like’ and ‘sound like’ in different areas of the school. We are going to use this information at our next meeting, alongside our own ideas, to create 3 levels of excellent learning for children to work towards. We have already begun creating certificates to give out in assembly when children and their teachers think that they have achieved a level. We look forward to introducing it to the children soon and can’t wait to give out some of our certificates!