In 2011 we created new Learning and Resource Areas around the school.
The changes to the school environment had a tremendous impact on children’s motivation to learn independently. The new areas enable us to deliver the Creative Curriculum more effectively and allow the children to learn more independently. The Den and Zone areas are stocked with iPads, iPods, e books, netbooks, laptops, as well as Non Fiction books. Each area has hard work surfaces, as well as soft furniture, to facilitate different styles of learning. The Studio, The Labyrinth (Prayer Garden), The Retreat (Chapel) and The Shelter (Nurture Room) have also been developed to enhance the learning experience. Children use all these areas independently and, for part of each school day, choose what they would like to learn about and how they will learn it, linked to their Creative Curriculum and RE topics. Every class has an Independent Learning session from 9-9.30am when a range of resources are available to them both in and out of class, specifically at that time, but also throughout the day. They may also choose to work with children in their parallel classes which will broaden relationships.
This is real innovative, 21st Century learning which aims to motivate children to become lifelong, independent learners. We already have evidence of the positive impact it has had on the progress children make in all subjects.