Stonebow learning Powers
Some information about ‘Learning at Stonebow’ 2016
This academic year we are working hard to improve the learning culture in school. We want our children to become more effective learners who are willing to work really hard, not afraid to make mistakes and enjoy learning with, and from, each other.
We are introducing Stonebow ‘learning powers’ – which will be part of the daily learning dialogue in every classroom. Children will recognise that the process of learning involves
Perseverance – never giving up even if things get tough!
Concentration – focussing and resisting distraction
Curiosity – asking questions and wondering why
Co-operation – learning together and from each other
Resilience – learning from your mistakes and bouncing back, bravely
Enthusiasm – being excited to learn!
We are training our children never to say ‘I can’t do it’, but instead to say ‘I can’t do it yet’.
We are helping children to understand that when they are learning something new, practising a skill and trying out their ideas - the pathways in their brain start to link up and ‘grow’ so their brain gets bigger and stronger. They have much to learn about their fantastic, amazing brain, which we hope they will tell you about at home.
We don’t want children to believe that they are ‘clever’ at some things and not others, nor do we want them to feel they are failing if they are finding something difficult. Challenge is what learning is all about!
As parents you can support us by giving your children praise and encouragement which focuses on their effort and achievement, not their ability. Replace ‘You’re really good at this, so you should find it easy’ with ‘When you have to try hard at something you are learning so much more!’ Express delight when they find things puzzling or challenging and be willing to learn alongside them by trying things out together. Try not to say things like ‘Well I was never any good at maths’ or ‘I’m rubbish at spelling’. Using your ‘learning powers’ you can achieve anything!
We will be teaching your children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning. We hope you will too!
‘Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment: full effort is full victory’ – Mahatma Gandhi