At Barns Green Primary, we understand how important it is for pupils to be able to talk about their learning.
We noticed that our pupils could tell us what they did at school, but not what or how they have learnt. As a staff we felt it was important to develop the ability to talk about their learning. We reviewed the framework of 6 personal, learning and thinking skills put forward by the QCA. Although these were designed with older students in mind, we felt they could be a useful tool for our pupils. For each of the 6 areas, we discussed with groups of pupils and staff how they could apply to learning at (what was then) Itchingfield Primary.
We came up with our Learning Team of Creative Chrissy, Independent Ian, Reflective Rachel, Tess the Team Worker, Eddie the Effective Participator and Simon the Self-Manager.
Time moves on, and the Learning Team have moved out of the limelight for a while. We
Every classroom displays these characters on posters, and teachers refer to them in their lesson planning. At Friday celebration assemblies, we give out special certificates for pieces of work or activities that show a pupil has demonstrated ability in one of the areas. They are used throughout the school in many different areas. For example, our Reception children have a playground booklet from Independent Ian with pictures that show what they should do in the playground.
We hope that by equipping our children to talk about their learning, we will be able to take them further.
The pdf files below are copies of the posters. You may wish to view them and use them as prompts for discussions about what your child learnt at school today.