Learning without Limits at Crockerne

At Crockerne Church of England Primary School we want our children to become the outstanding learners, who never give up when faced with a challenge – who truly love the challenge!  We want our children to have excellent basic skills in English and Maths and to give them the learning dispositions to adapt these to new areas of learning.  We will achieve this through working with all our stakeholders to develop our ‘Learning without Limits’ philosophy in line with North Somerset.

North Somerset ‘Learning without limits’ criteria

  • enable all children to have the chance to surprise us – and themselves – about what they can achieve when they experience a richly creative, broad and balanced curriculum;
  • develop expert teachers who trust in every child’s learning capacity, and focus their energy on planning high quality learning experiences including real life reasons to learn and real experiences to present learning.
  • offer appropriate challenge within lessons so children develop the dispositions to work (Gem Project) at the very limit of their current understanding;
  • provide feedback about learning which is kind, specific and helpful and builds motivation to approach new learning in a very powerful way;
  • Use learning loops to ensure children are involved in the learning process e.g. being able to answer the question, where are they going? How are they doing? And What do they need to do next In their learning?;
  • find a way through for every child in order to remove ‘barriers’ to learning;
  • develop leadership by creating a culture of professional learning across the school;
  • find ways to encourage the growth of inventiveness and openness to new ideas;
  • look beyond the limits of our own locality to incorporate current international research into limitless pedagogy;
  • engage with others in collaborative projects to explore and develop our own understanding of what it means to learn without limits.
  • continue to use ‘Achievement for all’ to develop parental engagement.

 

In our classrooms we will see:

  • Teacher and teaching assistants taking risks with the curriculum – doing things a bit differently.
  • Our children using their core skills (Maths and English) in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Learning loops in use so that the children can see and use them. Learning loops do not have to be permanent – using a flipchart and saving your loops during the year to use again when you return to that objective/subject.
  • Gems being used in lessons to develop positive learning dispositions.
  • Opportunities for self-differentiation / flexible grouping /challenge to be a significant part of each child’s week.
  • Children accessing classroom resources to support their learning for example word mats, writing scaffolds, moving to a quiet space to be independent in their own learning.
  • Effective feedback, with children given appropriate time to respond and develop action points, to move learning on and close the gap.

We will add examples of our ‘Beautiful and Excellent ‘ learning during term 2.

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