Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Learning 2 Learn

Learning 2 Learn in Year 7

 "Since we cannot know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance.Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned."
John Holt

Learning to Learn is a subject offered once a week to our year 7 students. In essence, it involves teaching a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, help learners learn more effectively and so become learners for life. At its heart is the belief that learning is learnable.

In brief, 'learning to learn' offers pupils an awareness of:

  • transition and the differences between learning at primary school and learning at secondary school
  • how they prefer to learn and their learning strengths
  • how they can motivate themselves and have the self-confidence to succeed
  • some of the specific strategies they can use, for example to improve their memory or make sense of complex information
  • some of the habits they should develop, such as reflecting on their learn
  • ing so as to improve next time.

Over the course of the year, students will look at aspects of learning specific to their time at Bishop Rawstorne, but also pick up skills of learning and revision to take with them beyond their years at secondary school. The course is split into topics taught over each half term:

  • Learning at secondary school
  • What kind of learner am I?
  • Developing a growth mind-set Learning collaboratively
  • Preparing for examinations
  • Project based learning

The course aims to engender skills to suit each learning style and skills that are transferrable to the world of work; from independent learning and working; to working as part of a team and overcoming differences in opinion.