We no longer group the children in class by their academic achievement, and we do not set across year groups either, as a HUGE amount of educational research shows that this has little or no effect on improving learning. The children are now working in their own class for all their lessons.
Learning partners are chosen at random, and for the whole week the children sit next to their learning partners, or work with them if they are out of the classroom. Sometimes they will work on a project together, sometimes they will discuss their ideas, and sometimes they will read through and feedback back on each other’s work. At the end of the week, the names are jumbled up again, and new learning partners are chosen for the following week.
The children tell me they love learning like this, and our learning walks and lesson observations show it is already having a very positive impact on learning.
We believe that it is very important for children to be taught how to be a good learner. They might ask themselves the following questions:
We have identified six Learning Skills, which we will teach the children alongside the National Curriculum, and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. They are:
Curriculum lessons will be structured to teach these skills alongside the traditional content of the school’s curriculum