We are proud to be a ‘thinking school’ where children are encouraged to learn in different ways and think for themselves. So we have ensured that the the curriculum is very carefully planned by all staff with this in mind.
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It is taught through topics that last for around 6 weeks. We believe that children learn in many different ways and so plan topics that start with an exciting visit, visitor or activity. The children are then eager and enthusiastic to get involved. They show a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning.
Staff also ask children what they would like to find out about, and they ensure that ideas suggested are included.
Children map out what they know already about a topic, before generating questions about the things they want to learn about next. We develop ‘Wonder walls’ to focus on asking questions and the process of learning. As the topics progress, more learning is added to tell the story of learning from the beginning to the end of a topic. The best learners ask the best questions. The slideshow below shows some of our wonder walls. Links between subjects are made, so if history is all about the Great Fire of London, the children will develop their learning through drama, writing, art, ICT, design-technology and geography too. Activities are designed to be stimulating and engaging so that all children can take part. Speaking and listening are valued as children discuss, act out and explore their understanding. We know that all children learn in different ways, so ensure that learning is varied and active. We also plan our curriculum to prepare children for life in modern Britain through a wide variety of experiences and visits and visitors. We believe they should experience positive role models from a wide variety of different backgrounds, cultures, faiths, beliefs and ways of life, including different families.
Our children learn to read through a variety of methods, one of them being the Letters and Sounds programme we use. They learn the sounds that letters make and follows a carefully planned sequence of activities, building up their knowledge of sounding out. The programme runs from nursery through to the end of year 2. If you would like more details please contact the literacy co-ordinator.
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The Brain and Learning
At Ladycross, the children are taught about the importance of being a good learner. They understand that the brain is part of learning and to learn, they need to be happy and relaxed, have fun and keep hydrated. Our curriculum reflects the exciting activities children do. If they are stimulated and having fun, they will learn more. If they eat good food and drink water, they will also be ready to learn. When they are relaxed and not under pressure, they are receptive to new things.
The children begin each new year with activities about learning and how to be a good learner. They talk about their brain and what it needs. They are taught to drink water and be active. Each day, all children receive a drink of water and have a piece of fruit. Water fountains are also around school.
The children know that when we learn someting new, it is almost like a new ‘learning star’ appears in their brain. Their brain likes this and wants to link up these stars, so we therefore link experiences and parts of the curriculum to help this.
All children learn in different ways, and we talk about different types of learning.
Are you a visual learner?
Do you like to move when you learn?
Are you able to learn through listening?
All children are good at something. We talk about being smart in different ways.
Are you a language smart? You like to use speaking to learn.
Are you nature smart? You are good at looking after plants and animals.
Are you number smart? You like to explore puzzles and patterns with numbers.
There are other ways of being smart. See the posters around school for more information.