Pillar 1: Behaviour for learning

1.1 Every Moment Matters

At Avonwood we...

  • bring learning to life every day.
  • expect teachers to deliver lessons that live up to our ambition of inspiring wonder and intellectual curiosity.
  • nurture a thirst for learning.
  • teach an understanding of our eight Earth Charter principals which underpins our school ethos.

We believe that...

  • every minute of learning matters.
  • routines are the bedrock of creating a sense of belonging and this enhances intrinsic motivation.
  • the awe and wonder of our curriculum makes Avonwood a unique, academically rich and special place to grow and learn.

The impact is...

  • children are empowered to be the best version of themselves.
  • children progress and acquire cultural capital regardless of their individual starting points.
  • children are excited to come to school to discover the rich learning experiences teachers have planned each and every day.
  • children understand their responsibility as global citizens, caring for our earth community.

1.2 Positive Relationships

At Avonwood we...

  • create equitable classrooms through a supportive environment for learning.
  • teach children to form positive relationships through listening to one another’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
  • teach and respect an awareness of what makes themselves and others unique and different.
  • build and cherish relationships of trust and respect between children and teachers, and amongst children.

We believe that...

  • all children have the right to be listened to and heard.
  • motivation is built upon a secure sense of belonging to our school community.
  • relationships are the fundamental context for learning to happen resulting in happy children, staff, and parents.
  • teachers who have a good knowledge about their children will be better able to teach them.

The impact is...

  • the teaching environment encourages pride and mutual respect through high expectations.
  • children feel supported, motivated, and challenged allowing them to take risks and make mistakes.
  • children develop a positive attitude towards their learning.
  • children show respect, empathy and sensitivity towards each other’s needs, emotions, culture, and beliefs.
  • children become an outstanding role models.

1.3 Self-regulation, Metacognition & Growth Mindset

At Avonwood we...

  • nurture self-regulation so that children are ready to learn.
  • develop pupils' metacognition skills by promoting thinking about learning through 'plan-do-review'.
  • narrate our thinking and decision-making journey to develop our children's awareness of this process.
  • celebrate 'marvellous mistakes' as a valuable part of the learning process.

We believe that...

  • just like any 'muscle', the brain can be trained and that ability is not 'fixed' or 'set'.
  • all children should be taught how to self-regulate.
  • 'plan-do-review' are essential facets in the learning process.
  • everyone should make informed judgements and challenge their own thinking about their learning.
  • achievements should be recognised, celebrated and shared.

The impact is...

  • children are able to talk about their thinking and learning processes.
  • children approach each new sessions with an emotional 'clean slate'.
  • children recognise that effort is required to improve and progress.
  • children enjoy being challenged  through tasks that offer 'desirable difficulty'.
  • children experience success as a learner, embracing growth mindset and a thirst for knowledge.

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