This is an exciting new subject that we have introduced for Years 5 and 6. In today’s modern world the ability to apply what has been learnt to a multitude of different situations is a key skill, but all too often pupils see subjects and skills learnt in isolation and don’t know how to apply these skills in a multi-faceted way.
Lifelong Learning is aimed at equipping pupils with an understanding of how they learn, how their brains work, transferable skills that can be used in all subjects and a recognition that much of what they learn in each subject in school can be applied to many other areas of life. This will allow them to better prepare for the transition to the senior part of Spratton Hall where the expectation on them is to be independent learners who are well organised and in charge of their learning. It will also give them skills such as revision techniques, organisational strategies and general learning skills that can be used in any situation at any point in their lives.
Year 5 follow a course called the ‘Thoughtful Learner’ which encourages pupils to acquire 10 skills which are at the heart of learning, such as Perseverance, Imagining, Reasoning, Question Asking and Collaboration. One of the most significant aspects is learning that ‘Being Stuck is an Honourable State’, and how to deal with the feelings of being stuck and overcome them so that learning can begin from this position of ‘stuckness’. We finish the year looking at strategies for being successful, through playing different games, but applying the lessons learnt in a broader sense to how we can be successful at school.
Year 6 follow a course called ‘Ready Study Go!’ which encourages them to think about their own minds, how they work as people, and again to develop strategies to make the most of their potential. We also take a look at ways of revising effectively, exam techniques and organisational strategies that can be used to make them ready for the start of Year 7.
We finish the year discussing Democracy around the World and in the UK. We consider what it means, why it is important, and some of the democratic systems in place in this country.