HPS Growth Guide
Mr. Tribble's vision for the Honiton Primary School Growth Guide.
Our Growth Guide is a very important aspect of our school, it forms who we are and how we want to grow our children.
"From humble acorns, mighty oaks grow!" - this is a metaphor for our children. The children are our acorns and we need to give them the right elements in which to grow. So, what does it take to produce a fine strong oak?
It needs deep roots, settled in fertile soil - this is our environment, safe nurturing and full of encouragement
It needs sunlight and encouragement to reach skywards - this is strong staff, strong teaching and a progression of skills.
It needs water, a broad and balanced flow of nutrients inward - this is our curriculum, wide and deep, engaging and inclusive to all.
As an oak, the stronger and older it grows the more acorns it will produce. the older and stronger our children grow and mature the more acorns they shall have, the acorns of: collaboration, making links, empathy and the like.
We, like Mother Nature, have a duty to provide the fertile soil, the bright light and the nutrition rich waters of education. We can do this by linking our learning days to the Growth Guide, here we can help children see how they are progressing and collecting their acorns day by day..
What is the pedagogy behind the Growth Guide? How does it empower our children to become life-long learners?
At Honiton Primary School, our aim is to develop the whole child. We put the utmost stock in academic progress and attainment. Yet, we also know that developing children who are resilient and accepting of challenge, can collaborate in work and play, are able to reason and show empathy - will be richer more capable learners, happier in their friendships with others and much better equipped for secondary education and adult life.
Developing learning behaviours is to develop our pupils' life skills - and, therefore, their life chances. Developing learning behaviours is to develop a child's ability to thrive in education, work and relationships. For this reason it is as important as - and complementary of - academic progress.
Embedded in a culture of a growth mindset and the school motto of 'Good, Better, Best', the learning behaviours are progressively introduced from EYFS to Year 6. The language of each learning behaviour is taught through the learning itself. For example, the language and ideas of 'empathy and listening' might be heard in a paired science investigation in Year 1, 'making links' in applying writing skills independently in Year 4, or 'reasoning' to solve a multi-step maths challenge in Year 6.
In taking this approach, the Growth Guide has become part of the fabric of our school culture as we strive to build skills to last a lifetime.
How does the Growth Guide begin in EYFS?
The journey begins in Nursery and Reception where the children are introduced to the concepts of: collaboration, questioning and perseverance. These are core learning behaviours in young children as they begin to explore their world and the relationships within their lives.
How does the Growth Guide work in Key Stage 1? (Years 1&2)
As the children leave the EFYS and move into KS1, they are introduced to the new skills of: empathy, listening and managing distractions. As our children begin their journey through the national Curriculum they are taught these essential skills that facilitate effective learning in all lessons.
How does the Growth Guide develop in Lower Key Stage 2? (Years 3&4)
When the children move into the upper school, they are now taught and encouraged to think about the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to this point in their education. The Growth Guide focus at this stage teaches: reflection, making links and improvement. We encourage all of our children to use what they have learnt before as they are introduced to deeper learning opportunities within lower KS2. These are key life skills that all adults use within their lives.
How does the Growth Guide empower our children in Upper Key Stage 2? (Years 5&6)
As the children work towards the end of primary school they now have a bank of learning behaviours and social skills to draw and build upon. At this stage of the journey, the children are taught the importance of: reasoning and capitalising.
Reasoning aims to develop the ability of pupils to articulate their opinions clearly based on evidence - or apply prior learning to solve and unpick challenges.
Capitalising develops how pupils do this. They start off with what they know or can do already (their knowledge and understanding 'capital') and use it to build on, deduce, infer and reason NEW unknown information or skills!
Yearly overview of Growth Guide skills.
The Growth Guide in action at HPS!
Reflect and Improve!