Learning at Rushen Primary School
At Rushen Primary School we aim to develop children’s learning dispositions (the 6Rs) to enable them to become effective learners. Each of these 6Rs has six statements which support each focus. One of these is the focus for our ‘Star of the Week’ assembly each week.
To help develop these dispositions we encourage children to develop their ‘Learning Muscles’; tools we use to become effective learners, now and in the future. All our children are encouraged to discuss them, understand them and make use of them when they are learning.
A list of the learning muscles and what they mean, together with the 6Rs and their statements, are to be found on our website, along with information about assessment and how you might be able to help your child at home.
We recently began a strategy for teaching Mathematics, called ‘Maths Mastery’, which has inspired our teachers and enthused the children. The ‘How to Help at Home’ sheets for Mathematics are now organised by year group and have a brief explanation about ‘Maths Mastery’ included. Each sheet explains the end of year expectation for a particular year group. The main idea behind ‘Maths Mastery’ is that children do not move up through the levels at different rates, they are encouraged to apply their understanding at ‘greater depth’. All children are expected to achieve the end of year expectation.
The English ‘How to Help at Home sheets’ are as before and organised in levels. For most children, moving from one level to the next is a two-year journey. During this time, they will become increasingly engaged in developing their understanding and skills and applying them to their everyday challenges.
The 6Rs and Learning Muscles, together with level guidance and end of year expectation information, are used to support a curriculum designed around children’s interests, essential knowledge and skills. Every child has different needs within this framework. The challenges and activities provided for your child aim to ensure that they make progress and develop at a pace which takes into account their prior knowledge and understanding.