Learning Habits

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At King’s, our approach to teaching is based on Building Learning Habits - an extensive body of research into learning and the brain based on the pioneering work of Professor Guy Claxton. It is designed to help young people to become better learners by developing their portable learning skills and preparing them for a lifetime of learning.

At King’s, we have identified five learning habits that we plan to deliberately develop during lessons alongside the usual subject content.    

Through planned activities and learning events, we are developing these underlying habits within pupils alongside our subject content. The anticipated benefits of Building Learning Habits are:

  • raised achievement

  • increased motivation

  • increased enjoyment in learning

  • established habits of lifelong learning

  • enhanced creativity

  • greater confidence and independence in pupils

For more information: see Building Learning Power and Guy Claxton.com

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a timetabled subject on the curriculum for Year 7 and 8 pupils. Lessons last year engaged pupils in debating thought-provoking subjects such as the monarchy and its role; developing ideas relating to creating their own country; reading and discussing texts which explore injustice and reflecting on injustice in their own lives; as well as saving the planet. 

The response to our introduction of Critical Thinking and King’s Learning Habits has been extremely positive, with great enthusiasm for them shown by both staff and pupils.

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Teaching Gold Standard

We were the first school nationwide to gain the Learning Quality Framework's Gold Standard, which underlines using creative and innovative methods of teaching to make sure children better understand and remember knowledge. It's not just about giving the children facts and expecting them to absorb that knowledge but enabling them to discover and explore knowledge for themselves by prompting and guiding them.

Head, Jason Slack explains: "We have very strong teaching with very well qualified and experienced teachers making sure the children learn what they need to know. More than that, we continually emphasise the broader skills, enabling children to take responsibility for their own learning."

He added: "We aim to ensure that whatever sparks and motivates a child's interest is fed inside and outside the classroom. It's a complete package because we know happy children make good learners."