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Learning Detectives - Coming Soon






Why is the initiative happening and what does it hope to achieve?

  • Help children develop the skills and attitudes to become better learners
  • Boost peer to peer learning
  • Have a positive impact on motivation, confidence, independence, self-esteem and attainment
  • This initiative also hopes to encourage children to be active, questioning learners.
  • It aims to further develop a constructive dialogue between students and staff about teaching and learning at St Michael’s CE Junior School.

What is its focus?

  • Independent Learning – the ability to take control of one’s learning.

Examples of Independent Learning:  sharing ideas in pairs/groups, problem solving, connecting classroom learning with the real world, self/peer editing, reflecting on progress made.

  • Behaviour for Learning – the value positive behaviours, which enable and maximise learning
  • Develop social and emotional well-being
  • Develop language and talking about learning

Which students will be involved in this initiative?

Six students, 2 from each year group, from year 3 to year 5 have been chosen to participate in the initiative. 

These students will find out about learning across the curriculum accompanied by Mrs Heather the Head of School.  They will observe pupils in lessons in terms of the 5Rs –

  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience
  • Readiness
  • Reflectiveness
  • Responsibility
  • Respect

The pupils will focus on what a successful learner needs to do and what they will look like to the observer.  Once this has been agreed the Learning Detectives will participate in a learning walk and make notes from their observations, which will then be shared with teachers and pupils in each class.  From these conversations and discussions we hope that the children will develop a formal audit to determine what a successful learner needs to do in order to achieve and ‘BE THE BEST THEY CAN BE’– this will be introduced in all classes and monitored by the learning detectives.