Links in Learning at South Moreton School.
At South Moreton School, we strive to ensure all pupils make links in their learning across all the curriculum areas and the school’s Development Plan sets out this as a priority; to “Develop pupil’s appreciation of the skills they need to help them to learn exceptionally well” This will be achieved in part by embedding pupils learning behaviours through our work in school on Links in Learning.
At the start of their education, children in the Foundation Stage begin to make links in their learning as described in the Characteristics of Effective Learning which form an integral part of the Early Years Curriculum. These are described as: Playing and Exploring: Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to ‘have a go’ Active Learning: Being involved and concentrating, Keeping on trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do and Creating and Thinking Critically: Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things. These characteristics are critical throughout a child’s educational journey, not just in the Early Years and we believe it is vital that children and adults develop a language of learning which will help children make links in learning at school. Words and phrases such as exploring, having a go, concentrating, trying, enjoying etc. are very powerful when talking to pupils about ways in which they can develop their life-long learning skills. We encourage the children to recognise that with work, practise and perseverance, they can improve their skills whether this be academically or in an area of talent such as sport or dance for example.
We have high expectations of all our pupils and encourage them to develop resilience and not give up even if something is difficult or frustrating. Children (and adults!) learn a great deal about learning if they independently try to find ways to solve a problem and learn from mistakes that are made. We reassure pupils that it is normal to make mistakes and that we can learn from them. Our Learning Ambassadors enjoy meeting visitors to school and welcome the opportunity to talk about their learning and the topics being studied in each class. Visitors remark that it is wonderful to see how enthusiastically the children talk and how knowledgeable the children are across all of the year groups.
We look forward to developing this next phase in learning behaviours at South Moreton School and encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher or Lyn Cracknell if you would like further information about this whole school focus.
The whole school focus on Links in Learning looks different in each class because it is customised to meet the needs of the children and the areas each class wishes to develop. Next time you visit your child’s class have a look at their Links in Learning display and ask your son/daughter to tell you all about their learning activities.