Towards Successful Learning
The main aim in school is to make the children more independent thinkers and learners. We believe that in partnership between school and home we can create the right environment for our children to flourish with skills that will enable them to learn not just at EVPS, but set them as lifelong learners and achievers.
At school we encourage children to:
· Think for themselves – use initiative and not expect adults to do everything for them.
· Challenge themselves – Try tasks which take them out of their learning “Comfort Zone” and help them aspire to greater achievements by being in the “Challenge Zone” of learning.
· Organise themselves - Be responsible for their belongings.
· Give their best effort in everything they do
· Work with determination and be well motivated.
To help foster this independent approach, at home you could:
· Encourage your child to talk about their learning – particularly focusing on things that have challenged them, the efforts they made and the things they think they achieved.
· Ask your child to pack their own bag in readiness for the following school day, as well as take charge of carrying their belongings. This has a small but important impact on making them responsible for themselves!
· Help your child to think about their time management when completing homework, and allow them to have a go themselves, but stop short of doing it for them. They need to think about how to complete it when they are finding it hard and try different approaches. If they find it too hard but have tried, tell us on the return slip. Challenging ourselves and not “giving up” are really important messages to them. It’s ok not to succeed first time, but not to give up at the first hurdle.
With the many changes in the curriculum in the coming year we have produced a map of the subjects and topics which will be covered by each year group during the 2015/16 school year, which you can see below.