Avening Primary School

Learning to Learn

As well as the help we get from our superhero animal learners in working our learning muscles, we also have some other strategies we use to develop lifelong learning skills.

‘Walt’ and Steps to Success

Lessons from Year 1 to Year 6 have clear objectives – ‘Walt’ (We are learning to) - which are shared with the children. Success criteria, ‘Steps to Success’, are often devised with the children and are used to help focus learning and encourage children to become independent learners, helping them be challenged and to make progress. 

Great Green and Pink to Think!

At Avening Primary School, feedback is seen as key to whizzy learning; our books contain a dialogue which promotes progress. They are filled with green highlighting showing where the children have been successful against the learning objectives and success criteria. Where pink is used, the children need to think – ‘Pink to think’.  They are encouraged to revise their work, using a different colour.

Self/Peer Assessment and EBI

Children are regularly encouraged to evaluate their own learning and the learning of their peers. Using the ‘Steps to Success’, they identify star features - where they have met or exceeded the learning objectives. Sometimes we underline our writing in different colours to show where we have met the success criteria. EBI is short for ‘even better if’. EBIs show how we are going to improve our work next time. However good we are, we are always looking to aspire further!

WWW Thinking Corner

We love to ask questions and be curious about the world around us. WWW stands for ‘We Were Wondering’. The questions often don’t have a right or wrong answer, and usually get our brains really thinking! We publish a 'WWW' question on The Hoot each week.

The Power of Music

You can often hear musical melodies drifting out of classroom doors. That is because we believe that music aids learning and can help to create a calm, purposeful learning environment. We even have music in the corridors…and if you’re lucky you’ll smell some beautiful essential oils to stimulate our brains too! A rich learning environment, which stimulates all of our senses, is one where the best learning happens.

Getting ready for Learning!

In Key Stage 1, an important part of our day is ‘Wake and Shake’, a short blitz of exercise to awaken our brains, ready for learning.  In the Owls class, mindfulness is key - ensuring we are focused and ready for the challenges that come our way!