At Montagu Academy we provide rich, relevant and varied learning experiences utilising the philosophy of the Learning Challenge Curriculum, which allows children to develop their skills, interests and abilities.
Through our teaching we:
- develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core and foundation subjects
- focus on children’s attainment and progress in English and Mathematics
- enable children to become confident and independent learners
- develop children as resourceful, resilient learners using empowering learning skills
- foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with others
- develop the highest standards of behaviour and conduct
- develop children’s self-respect and self-awareness and encourage them to show positive attitudes and respect towards the ideas and feelings of others regardless of race, culture or religion
- enable children to understand, feel valued within, and make a positive contribution to the local and global community
- help children grow into reliable, independent-thinking citizens
- help children be proud of their own work and recognise the achievements of others
Montagu Curriculum and our Teaching and Learning Culture
Our teaching will focus on motivating the children and building on their skills, knowledge and understanding in each area of the curriculum, so that they can reach the highest level of personal achievement. The school’s curriculum is made up of the National Curriculum plus the additional areas we believe are important for our pupils to learn – these are our Montagu Curriculum Drivers. The school curriculum is organised in a way that teaches the skills necessary to make progress against end of year expectations. Learning is planned through topics. The school utilises the principles behind the Learning Challenge Curriculum and Building Learning Power approaches to teaching and learning. Learning is question based, usually pupil led, cross curricular and designed to foster empowering learning skills (teamwork, effective participation, reflection, resourcefulness, independence). Launch activities are planned at the start of each topic to hook the pupils into the learning. Topics are enriched further by visits, visitors, development of the arts etc. The school is fortunate to have extensive outdoor grounds, which are used for teaching and learning whenever possible. Talk for Learning, whereby pupils are taught how to ask and answer high order questions to extend their learning as well as how to speak and listen with confidence and respect, is a key feature of the school and is evident in all classes. These skills are explicitly taught and modelled.
Building Learning Power
"Term on term, year on year, a BLP school breeds young people who are more curious; more willing to take a risk and give it a go; more imaginative; more creative; more thoughtful; more ready, willing and able to learn with and through others. It is developing that adventurous spirit that counts." Professor Guy Claxton, originator of BLP
What is Building Learning Power?
Building Learning Power is an approach to learning that we are beginning to embed at Montagu Academy. This approach was created by Professor Guy Claxton. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners. BLP applies this directly to the work of teachers in the classrooms, to provide a practical framework for fostering lifelong learning in all young people.
- It is a learning culture that encourages children, and teachers, to become better learners.
- It allows children to approach difficulties in learning without fear of failure.
- It allows children to make small steps within learning.
- It develops confidence.
- It is not additional to teaching but should be embedded within everyday teaching and learning.
- It gives clear labels for children to use to develop their understanding of learning processes.
What does BLP look like?
Professor Claxton suggests there are four main learning dispositions:
- Resilience - Not giving up but persevering when the going gets tough.
- Resourcefulness - Being able to use a range of learning strategies and knowing what do when stuck.
- Reflectiveness - Being able to think about yourself as a learner and how you might be able to better succeed.
- Reciprocity - Being able to learn with and from others, as well as on your own.
These dispositions are 'split' between seventeen 'learning muscles' that children are encouraged to stretch and exercise within their everyday lessons and activities and apply to different aspects of their learning.
At Montagu Academy, to help us remember the Learning Dispositions, we have enlisted the help of four superheroes.
Click on each hero to find their super power!