Learning Behaviour at Parkhill
We at Parkhill, constantly explore new boundaries. In our journey to becoming a Rights respecting school, we actively promote a Rights-Respecting ethos. We follow our class charters every day and at the beginning of each term we reinforce our commitment by revisiting them. Whilst we continually develop our capacity to learn in new and challenging circumstances throughout our school life, we are currently in the process of developing and implementing a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in our children. In the developing field of learning to learn, research suggests that there are several broad characteristics that we need to develop in order to become successful learners. We have adapted these to fit the Rights-Respecting ethos and values at Parkhill Junior School and we practise them in our learning everyday. We call our learning behaviours the six Rs.
The teaching of positive learning behaviours is designed to maximise learning power; to help children learn how to learn. This involves building and developing particular habits of mind to enable children to face difficulties calmly, confidently, and creatively and so be better prepared as lifelong learners. Our framework encompasses, embeds and effectively contributes to our Rights-Respecting practice and ethos. At Parkhill Junior School, everybody is encouraged to achieve their reach their full potential. The six Rs allow us to nurture this ethos and build the children’s learning power through a variety of strategies and techniques. The six Rs are beginning to allow us to develop a common language for learning across the school and embeds effectively the Rights-Respecting language too. The language is used in all classrooms, by all staff and with all children. This helps everyone talk about understanding learning to learn whilst respecting each other’s rights to learn. We focus on a different learning behaviour every half-term. Every half-term, a learning behaviour is split into ‘learning skills’. We focus on a different learning skill every week (see weekly LBIs – Learning Behaviour Intention). Children are encouraged to model and practise these learning skills within their everyday lessons and activities and apply them to different aspects of their learning. We call these learning skills, the Parkhill Skills to Success. This approach reinforces positive beliefs, behaviours and language.