Approaches to Teaching and Learning
At St. Patrick’s we provide a stimulating, engaging curriculum. Our children enjoy learning. We provide daily opportunities to develop skills essential for children to become lifelong learners. Effective, embedded formative assessment strategies ensure our children make progress and are involved in their own learning. Staff are motivated and make educating children their first concern. Continuous professional development is given priority in the school to maintain high standards of teaching and learning, and staff self-reflect on their pedagogy, making them better practitioners.
We begin to introduce our children to ‘characteristics of learning’ in the Foundation Stage. Children use 'Learning Superheroes' toys to develop the skills that they need so they can become lifelong learners.
Key Stage One
Other ‘learner skills’ superheroes are introduced in Key Stage One.
- Curiosity – Cat
- Creativity and imagination – Unicorn
- Changing - Chameleon
- Resilience – Tortoise
- Relationships – Ant
- Planning Ahead – Owl
- Making links – Spider
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Having been introduced to the concept of growth mindset at St Patrick's in September 2015, pupils have participated in a range of activities to learn more about it and try to display a growth mindset in school (and at home). Pupils are taught h
ow their brains work and how new connections are formed when we try new things and practise them, over and over. Pupils have learnt about famous and influential people who have succeeded due to having a growth mindset and not giving up on their goal. We have had PSHE lessons and assemblies about growth mindset, but most importantly, teachers and pupils have embraced the language and the way of thinking that promotes using a growth mindset in all lessons.
Key points for growth mindset in our school:
We remember it’s always OK to make mistakes – we learn from them
We never give up! We try a different approach, or use a different strategy
We learn from each other – you guys often make the best teachers!
We don’t compare ourselves with others, but we do learn from others
We challenge ourselves – which really helps us make progress
We take risks – we don’t limit ourselves by taking the easy option
We join in as much as possible – and we learn much more by being involved
We remember that mastering something new feels so much better than doing something you can already do
We remember that the brain is making new connections all the time – the only thing you need to know is that you can learn anything!
Some useful links to documents you can read for more understanding of the growth mindest approach see below;