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"Use your God-given gifts to serve others." 1 Peter 4: 10

St John's CE Curriculum Materials

The curriculum of any school is vitally important. It gives the children knowledge, skills and attitudes. It sets the tone for the development of a child's character and their view of the world.

 

There is so much to teach children, and so many viewpoints from which to teach it. How do we ensure that our children are learning about the most important things? And how do we explain that there is always more than one way to understand a situation? How do we prioritise what should be taught and when? As parents, we know that children learn from imitating us. They repeat things we do and say, and they often show us the best and worst of ourselves.

 

Our curriculum is designed to be holistic: the ethos of the school pervades it; the adults in the school live it; and most importantly, the children in the school are learning how to learn through it.

Cooperative Learning at St John's CE Primary

 

At St John’s we are all different, all equal, all growing together. We teach children to embrace others’ differences; appreciating everybody as an equal is fundamental to our children’s development. This is key within a cooperative approach to learning – that everyone in the classroom is valued as equal. Actively engaged children are more successful learners. In Key Stage 2 we have begun our journey into using cooperative learning in our lessons. 

 

Cooperative learning encourages every child to be actively engaged in the learning process. Through the use of learning structures, children are taught how to learn cooperatively with their peers, while being simultaneously required to have individual accountability for their own learning. These structures are cross-curricular, and can be used in any subject in school. They are effective because every pupil shares in the successes of the group, having all played their part in the set task. 

 

The structures promote: 

  • Active engagement – all children are actively involved in their learning 

  • An environment where students feel it is safe to participate (praising, coaching, a culture where it is ok to get things wrong) 

  • A wider variety of teaching and learning strategies to promote enjoyment 

  • Teachers as facilitators, rather than leaders of learning 

  • Activities to promote higher levels of thinking 

  • Accessibility for different learning styles 

 

Research shows that cooperative learning greatly improves: 

  • Team-building 

  • Social skills 

  • Communication skills 

  • Knowledge building 

  • Decision making 

  • Processing information 

  • Thinking skills 

  • Presenting information 

  • Increase self-esteem 

  • Enjoyment of learning and achieving 

 

 

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