These pockets of learning are designed to be used separately as well as part of a series that will work together to enrich the young persons learning. They promote a growth mind-set, encourage resilience, and change the way a child or young person views themselves as a learner to maximise attainment.
The Learning Pockets in the Series’ below, can be delivered on a ‘one to one’ basis, with small groups, whole classes of pupils or as CPD for Teachers.
For Pupils Promoting individual self-esteem for more effective learning in groups. Each of these Extension Series learning pockets take approximately 1hr to complete (1.5hrs if Booster series not experienced first).
For Teachers Creating inspiring and challenging learning environments. Each of these Classroom Series Learning Pockets take approximately 3 Hours to complete.
A Pocketful of Infusion
A Pocketful of Enquiry
A Pocketful of Collaboration
A Pocketful of Active Learning
OUR LEARNING POCKETS FOR SCHOOLS
It is recognised that some learners lack the confidence to engage with their education in a way that they show the potential for, so the Learning Pockets provided to schools are designed to provide specialist teaching and learning for raising attainment. There are Learning Pockets to support the improved confidence and self-esteem of individual learners, group activities that introduce non-subject specific skills that transfer successfully into the curriculum, as well as support for teachers on how to organise a successful learning environment in the classroom where pupils thrive on a growth mindset and become more resilient learners.
A Pocketful of Learning Looking at brain structure (in simple terms), so as to understand the learning process, before analysing the individual’s own learning preferences so that they can engage with their education in a more informed and confident way.
A Pocketful of Intelligence Considering the meaning of the word Intelligence, as well as looking at historical and current thinking about how it is displayed, before analysing the individual’s own ways of being intelligent in order to gain confidence in their ability to succeed.
A Pocketful of Brain-Power Appreciating the unique thinking ability of the human brain in comparison to other living things, and taking personal responsibility for its healthy development through a range of lifestyle choices that enhance brain-power for greater confidence.
A Pocketful of Challenge Understanding a personal learner’s profile and grasping some key phrases designed to get effective support when needed, before looking at the importance of staying in the ‘challenging zone’ and using mental strategies that will help promote continuous learning.
A Pocketful of Engagement Reviewing the range of ways in which people approach learning and the application of their intelligence, before considering the need for a positive attitude towards ‘difference’ in the classroom to maintain purposeful engagement.
A Pocketful of Knowledge Recalling how learning actually takes place and the impact this has in the classroom, before considering the individual’s responses to learning situations and taking positive steps to raise attainment by knowing how their brain functions best.
A Pocketful of Potential Discovering what potential means and how that applies to the individual, thinking about future goals (including possible career paths) and how to achieve them, as well as learning how to handle stressful situations along the way.
A Pocketful of Study-Skills Thinking about ways of personally consolidating information gained in the classroom so as to create more effective memory traces for learning, and introducing a range of techniques for effective re-call of that learning for assessment later.
A Pocketful of Latin Introductory session to basic Latin through fun activities linked to life as it would have been when the language was spoken by the common people. This could be followed up with a series of sessions based around the ‘Minimus Primary Latin Project’ by Barbara Bell, as pupils who have been exposed to Latin when they were younger, are more likely to succeed with Modern Foreign Languages at GCSElevel.
A Pocketful of Socrates An introduction to philosophical thinking designed for children, including how to listen to, and validate the opinions of others whilst being prepared to take on the ‘big’ ideas that have no right answer. This could be followed up by further ‘Philosophy for Children’ sessions which have been recognised as a supportive activity for reluctant speakers and listeners, as well as improving thinking skills for all pupils.
A Pocketful of Revision Generic strategies that support revision are introduced in a group setting, enabling greater familiarity with the way that the brain works for ‘learning’ and encouraging the personal mind-set required to succeed.
A Pocketful of Infusion Raising attainment, using the principles of Joseph Renzulli’s ‘Infusion’ model, to identify where individual learners perceive they have the most success, and supporting extension in those and other areas where they enjoy learning most, before building a personal curriculum around each child.
A Pocketful of Enquiry Promoting thinking skills whilst ensuring equality and diversity through the creation of a ‘Community of Enquiry’ in the classroom, where ‘interesting’ ideas are debated, pupils learn a range of ways to state their opinion, and learn to listen to others in order to make informed decisions.
A Pocketful of Collaboration Challenging pupils to engage with group tasks that require collaboration to achieve the outcomes, where each has a role to play in mixed ability groups that are supportive and allow each child to demonstrate their potential and experience success.
A Pocketful of Active Learning Modelling a ‘growth mindset’ for pupils as they are immersed in making meanings for themselves from activities that cater for all learning styles, encouraging making mistakes as a valid learning strategy, and promoting resilience.