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Behaviours for Learning

As a school, our primary aim continues to be to give our pupils the best possible start to their education, which will enable them to grow into happy and successful teenagers and adults. Our six values have been a fundamental part of the school for several years. They are: love, thankfulness, forgiveness, grace, compassion and community. They are drawn from and inspired by our Christian ethos and describe our shared moral code – they guide the expectations of behaviour and relationships of all who are part of the school. They are our ‘Values for Living’. 

What are ‘Behaviours for Learning’? 

This term we are introducing ‘Behaviours for Learning’, a new scheme devised after much reading and research by the school’s leadership team, which seeks to describe the skills for learning which our pupils will need as they adapt through changing times during their secondary school lives and beyond. Research suggests that approximately 65% of today’s 12 year olds will go on to do jobs which don’t yet exist. If this is the case, we cannot possibly teach the precise knowledge that our children will need. Therefore our role is to ensure that children love learning and do it so well that they will be able to adapt to whatever the future demands of them, whether that be next week, next year or in 20 years’ time. 

Our curriculum has been designed to engage and inspire the children with its rich range of knowledge and learning experiences. The new ‘Behaviours for learning’ programme, designed specifically for our primary school aged pupils, will weave through the curriculum, ensuring that as the children learn from the content, they are consciously and subconsciously developing vital skills for future success. 

Behaviours for Learning 

Learning behaviour Key skills What does it mean?
Be Creative

Connecting ideas

Playing with ideas

Visualising Intuiting (trust your intuition)

Having an applied and purposeful imagination
Be Curious

Wondering

Questioning

Noticing

Exploring

Experimenting

Having an inquisitive approach towards life, the world around you and learning
Be Collaborative

Leading

Empathising

Open minded

Accepting/receptive/

Listening

Communication

Negotiation

The ability to make good choices about how you learn and who you learn with. To be able to balance being open-minded with being able to stick with your own ideas even when you are in the minority.
Be Organised

Independence

Planning

Self-discipline

Methodical

Be methodical and systematic about learning
Be a Critical Thinker

Analysing

Deducing

Critiquing

Reflecting

Open-mindedness

Problem solving

Communicating

Working things out with clarity and accuracy
Be Determined

Concentrating

Persevering

Take calculated risks Being courageous Being positive Recovering Practising Have a growth mindset

Stick with challenges which matter to you

Recommended further reading: 

‘You are awesome’ Matthew Syed (2018) 

‘The Learning Power Approach’ Guy Claxton (2018) 

‘The Greatest: What sport teaches as about achieving success’ Matthew Syed (2017)

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