Our Learning Culture

At Our Lady of Lourdes we believe in supporting all our children to be the most successful learner they can be. We believe it is important to set a firm foundation for all children and have developed a Learning Culture in the school based on Shirley Clarke’s Formative Assessment.

This starts in each year group by getting the children to understand what makes a good attitude for learning. By using an analogy based on the brain being seen as a muscle, the children quickly understand that ‘intelligence’ is owned by everyone. By putting in effort, as we do in growing muscles through exercise, all children are intelligent and grow their intelligence through effort and owning a ‘Growth Mind-set’.

A ‘Growth Mind-Set’ is achieved by knowing: all intelligence is expandable, challenge is embraced, to persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the way and learn from constructive feedback. Children realise that through this they can reach ever higher levels of achievement and their full potential. The sky really is not the limit but just the beginning!

The children learn through a combination of a series of lessons, and being introduced to eight learning skills as characters, how to become the most successful learner they can be. Here we introduce you to the eight learning characteristics and skills:

You are a

‘Perseverance’ Penguin

if you

  • Work hard
  • Practise lots
  • Keep going
  • Try new strategies
  • Ask for help
  • Start again
  • Take a brain break

You are a

‘Keep Improving’ Koala

if you

  • Keep reviewing your work
  • Identify your best bits
  • Improve one thing first
  • Try to be better than last time
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, only yourself!
  • Take small steps

 

You are

‘Imagination’ Giraffe

if you

  • Are creative
  • Let your imagination go
  • Think up new ideas and questions

 

 

You are a

‘Have a Go’ Hippo

if you

  • Have a growth mindset
  • Don’t worry if it goes wrong
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Be excited to try new things

 

You are

‘Enjoy Learning’ Elephant

if you

  • Feel proud of all your achievements
  • Feel your neurons connecting!
  • Imagine your intelligence growing by the minute!
  • Use what you have learnt in real life
  • Know you can do it if you have input and you practise

 

 

You are

‘Curiosity’ Meerkat

if you

  • Ask questions
  • Notice things
  • Look for patterns and connections
  • Think of possible reasons
  • Research
  • Ask ‘What if..?’

 

You are

‘Cooperation’ Cheetah

if you

  • Listen to others
  • Say when you don’t understand
  • Be kind when you disagree
  • Explain things to help others
  • Be tolerant

 

You are a

‘Concentration’ Chimp

if you

  • Manage distractions
  • Get lost in the task
  • Do one thing at a time
  • Break things down
  • Plan and think it through
  • Draw diagrams, jot down thoughts or things which help you think

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