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Believe, Aspire, Achieve

Learning Superpowers and Home Learning

 Our Learning Pedagogy

 

At Willow Primary School, skills for learning are broken up into four areas: Resilience, Collaboration, Evaluation and Investigation which are taught and nurtured across all areas and ages.

They are referred to as the ‘Learning Superpowers’ and are represented by four Learning Superhero characters for the pupils to relate to: The Incredible Investigator, Captain Collaboration, Agent Evaluation and Major Resilience.

 

In order to secure progression in learning superpowers, it is important to ensure they are incorporated into all lessons and all areas of school life, such as the school’s recognition and behaviour policy. In order to achieve the highest possible outcomes for all learners, pupils must understand that learning is a process not just an outcome on a test so that they become lifelong learners.

 

 Overview of Learning Superpowers

Resilience

 

  • Ability to organise themselves and work out goals and priorities
  • Show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise
  • Anticipate, take and manage risks
  • Commit themselves to learning and self-improvement
  • Respond positively to change

Collaboration

  • Engage actively with issues that affect them and those around them.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school
  • Take responsible action to bring improvement for others as well as themselves
  • Discuss issues of concern, seeking resolution
  • Present a persuasive case for action
  • Propose practical ways forward
  • Try to influence others, negotiating and balancing diverse views
  • Work confidently with others, adapting to different contexts and taking responsibility for their own role
  • Listen and take account of others’ views
  • Form collaborative relationships, resolving issues and reaching agreed outcomes
  • Adapt behaviours to suit different roles and situations
  • Show fairness and consideration towards others

Evaluation

  • Evaluate their strengths and limitations as learners
  • Review their work and act on outcomes
  • Set themselves realistic goals and criteria for success
  • Monitor their own performance and progress
  • Invite feedback and deal positively with praise, setbacks & criticism
  • Make changes to improve their learning
  • Communicate their learning in relevant ways to different audiences

Investigation

  • Gather, process and evaluate information in their investigations
  • Plan what to do and how to go about it
  • Draw conclusions and evaluate outcomes
  • Take informed and well-reasoned decisions, recognising that other have different beliefs and attitudes
  • Use range of techniques to collect and organise information

 

 

 

 

Home Learning

 

Research tells us that children who complete regular homework are usually more successful in their school life as it supports the development of lifelong learning skills and it promotes engagement in the curriculum.  Parents can have a positive effect on homework completion and help children to develop positive learning habits.

 

Learning beyond the classroom is a vital part of ensuring that our children succeed. It helps teachers to maximise the learning time in class, and gives pupils the opportunity to extend and deepen their understanding. Activities such as Brownies, Cubs, Sports, Dance & Drama all develop important skills and they promote positive mental and physical health. This is why we encourage our children to take part in after school clubs during weekends and evenings as well as the clubs offered by Willow Primary School.

 

We believe that our children should be allowed the freedom to engage in lots of activities out of school as these activities support their learning in school so the amount of homework we expect allows for family and social time.

 

 All children are expected to read at least 5 times per week at home, this is recorded in their Reading Journal and they can record their progress in Reading Passports. 

 

We use Mathletics  and Timetables Rockstars along with other resources  for Maths homework and pupils have access learning set by their teachers through Purple Mash and Bedrock Vocabulary. 

 

Our children love to show how engaged they are in their topic work so we encourage them to complete ONE project linked to their current topic. Teachers suggest projects that develop research skills and support creativity.

Projects are displayed in the classroom or around the school building to celebrate how engaged children are in their learning.

 

Further Challenge through Homework

All children have a login to Purple Mash  and teachers set additional learning through this online resource. Children can challenge themselves in all areas of the curriculum and ‘hand in’ the work to their teacher using Purple Mash.

 

Children can also independently challenge themselves in certain subjects by completing the Willow Graduate Programme, available in its own section on the website.  

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