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Gorefield Primary School

Teaching & Learning

 

How Children Learn.

All young children learn, think and reason in all the same ways as adults – what they lack is the experience to make sense of what they find. Their learning depends on the development of multi-sensory networks of neurons distributed across the whole brain. In other words, watching an ice cube melt may stimulate neurons in networks concerned with seeing, deducing, remembering and moving. So we seek to promote their active and enthusiastic engagement in their learning, to foster skills across a broad integrated curriculum and to develop their independence through a growth mind-set to enable them to respond positively to adversity and success and to profit from our learning.

Children learn from every experience, their brains distributing the information across these networks, with stronger ‘representations’ of what the experiences have in common. In this, their biological, intellectual aspects of learning are inextricably interwoven with their social and emotional. So, we seek to address the needs of the whole child, and pay particular attention to the wider learning environment, so teaching them to relate to others with courtesy and respect. We promote positive role models to make good choices, to develop our understanding of how to resolve problems, and to play our part in the school community and the wider world.

Even the most basic learning relies on effective language and social interaction with parents, teachers and other children. Children, like most of us, tend to interpret the world in line with their own explanations as to why things happen. So we build curiosity and excite imagination by encouraging collaboration and dialogue, and opening up a wide breadth of experiences.

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