The initiative allows all at Topciffe to gain a greater understanding of how our children learn and develop providing an insight into how our children learn and how they behave towards their learning. Through this we are able to enhance our provision, support our children and investigate aspects of our ‘school life’/ teaching and learning. Therefore the employment of our own educational psychologist is at the heart of this initiative and forms part of our pupil premium funding.
An analysis of the emotional learning diaries across the school enabled us to see what the children reported helped them to learn well and things that bothered them. We subsequently changed the layout of the diaries from their feedback to more accurately capture their thoughts and feelings.
Children in two year groups were tracked to see how their enjoyment and motivation changed following the introduction of the new Visual Maths ™ techniques. Both year groups demonstrated greater enjoyment of maths, and more intrinsic motivation for numeracy following Visual Maths ™
We are currently tracking the motivation of a group of children in the school to see how we can improve children’s intrinsic motivation for their school work.
This is a research based project imported from the USA. We are in the early stages of implementation but are expecting to see an increase in children’s use of language, which in turn should help with their reading.
The Friends for Life Cognitive Behaviour Group was run by Beverley Davies as part of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools project. We are very proud to report that this programme demonstrated significant effects in decreasing children’s anxieties in a range of domains. Parents were also involved and helped the children with the new techniques at home.