What will the school do differently?
The curriculum and the timetable remains the same. Teachers will alert the children to the learning muscles that will be actively exercised in their lessons and they will be encouraged to develop their learning behaviours with each other and individually. The learning process involved during each lesson will be made explicit and the children will be encouraged to talk about their learning. When faced with challenge, the teachers will not step in too quickly but allow the children time to ‘exercise their learning muscles’. In addition, the teachers will model themselves as good learners, sometimes saying that they don’t know but show how to find out. We will praise the process of learning rather than just the academic outcome. This reinforces the idea that ability can be learnt and we are all learners at something. We want our children to know that making mistakes means you are learning something new.