Our core aim at Honywood is to ensure that all learners are happy and successful whilst at school and in their lives beyond the age of sixteen. All learners are placed in a Learning Group, in which they will remain during their time at Honywood. The Learning Group Leader (LGL) is a key person in the life of a learner, they are the member of staff youngsters see twice a day and they will be the main point of contact for any parent or carer. On three occasions each week in Learning Session Three learners will spend twenty five minutes with their LGL; this session is designed to focus on sixteen life skills, attitudes, behaviours and dispositions which we believe will equip learners with the skills they will need in order to be happy and successful. The sessions are designed to be receptive to current learner issues and will be facilitated by the LGL, and at times by the learners themselves. The learners are encouraged to focus independently on their own personal journey of skill acquisition. They will be encouraged to record learning highs and lows and analyse what they need to do to become more effective with their learning which will consequently lead to them to lead a happier and more successful life. Each week there is a Cohort assembly which is either led by the Cohort Leader, visitors to the school, Lead Learners, Creative Teams or Learning Groups themselves. In assemblies we celebrate the progress learners are making as well as address our core values.
|| Topics through the My Learning Attributes|
|| Topics through the My Learning Attributes|
|| Short Session due to extracurricular and LS5|
|| Gazette and news discussions|
The topics and attributes we shall be covering this Autumn term are:
Communication - finding out about each other, listening and recalling information.
Confidence - bullying including cyberbullying, moral confidence, raising self- esteem.
Craftsmanlike - healthy lifestyles.
Collaboration - encouraging teamwork, being able to identify individual strengths.
On Monday’s, the Pause for Thought programme provides learners with an opportunity to discuss various ideas initiated by a collection of stimuli and concepts that encourage empathy and also encourage learners to consider other people’s perspectives of thought-provoking situations. This session is also used to expand the learners’ knowledge and understanding of the outside world by debating current affairs. It enables learners to start to develop and form opinions of their own in a friendly environment, as well as encourage them to use their listening skills with others.
On Tuesdays, learners can reflect on the skills, attitudes, behaviours and dispositions that can affect the way they personally learn and the relationships they form. They discuss and think about various issues and themes which they may face and about which they may have to make decisions. Learners also focus on the skills that will help them to be happy and successful.
Cohort 7 covers a broad range of topics in assemblies, each one designed to support the development of the key skills, attitudes, behaviours and dispositions required for a healthy, successful life; fitness for life, valuing the struggle, being creative, taking responsibly for their life and learning and being healthy in body and mind. Each Learning Group gets a chance during the year to produce their own assembly on a theme entirely of their choice.
On Fridays, the learners have choices on how they reflect on the learning that has taken place that week. They have their own personal scrapbook to record those reflections on both their learning and their personal skills. They annotate this work and reflect on why they feel it should go in their scrapbook. This becomes part of their overall showcasing material. Learners also have time to read the Gazette and discuss any current news items.
Each morning LGLs have a topic/current event in mind which promotes discussion through igniting interest.
The rest of the week is as follows however the order in which these occur is decided by LGL and LG:
Monday – Organisation skills
- This time should be used to help the learners acquire the skills to organise themselves to achieve a higher level of independence.
- Examples of this include: organising emails, IPAD docs and others, IS, booking sessions etc.
- Find time to do an email check and delete process every day, until it becomes natural. Later in the term check once or twice a week.
Tuesday – Exploring our respect code
- Learners engage in good practice of listening to others as well as expressing their own opinion.
- A platform where learners contribute to ideas about friendships, litter, bullying, current events.
Wednesday – 5 mins
Thursday – Assembly
Friday – Skills Development Day
- Opportunities to get learners more familiar with MLA.
- Mixture of more explicit learning. E.g. 'How do I criticise constructively?' to more implicit problem solving activities.
- Underpinning prompt questions – to be shared across their curriculum and with parents. These can be added to over time.
- They will also be using the time to reflect in their own personal scrapbook.
- Learners can develop genuine observations about their progress and practise the ability to be as honest as they can with their development as a work in progress.
- They may record their reflections either in a scrapbook or using their own recording method. This should continue throughout their time at Honywood to create a learning journey for themselves.
- Up to LGL how often they are completed (weekly may become too contrived and reflections would not be as genuine).
Assembly (A variety of topics delivered by staff or external speakers)
GCSE Learning Focus (time to reflect on learning, skills and progress. LGLs are on hand to advise, facilitate discussions and answer questions)
Short Session due to extracurricular
Interform Challenge day (challenges designed by each learning group for all of the other Cohort 9 groups to take part in. Designed to encourage competition, collaboration, thinking skills, creativity and persistence)
Gazette Focus (class discussion based around the message in the iGazette)
Once we have completed our full rotation of learning group challenges on a Thursday our theme will change to ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ and will involve topics such as Alcohol, Drugs, Sex and Relationships. On a Tuesday, we will look to incorporate work around future careers, colleges and university which will lead nicely up to our proposed cohort trip in the summer term on a similar theme.
Each morning learning group leaders choose their own way of stimulating learners thinking prior to their day of learning. Examples range from controversial statements designed to challenge thinking to current affairs or short quizzes. Learners can use this time to prepare themselves for their learning and to ensure they are organised for the day.
In addition to the programme offered by the Cohort 9 team, learners can see Ms Martin to discuss anything they may need support with, whether this be about their learning or their own personal development.
Over the duration of the academic year LS3 will follow the same weekly structure:
Monday - Challenges
Tuesday - Assembly
Wednesday - N/A
Thursday - Termly Focus
Friday - Learning group choice
Autumn Term - CV's, Personal Statements and Applications
The first term will see us work together to prepare learners for their work experience by helping learners to writing CV's, statements and letter of applications. They may also take part in practice interviews with the LGL's and write out their applications to become a Lead Learner, Prefect Co-Ordinator or Prefect. This should hopefully result in all learners being able to obtain the work experience placement they desire and get their applications in before other candidates from the surrounding area.
Spring Term -
This term will be dedicate to teaching learners more about how their memory works and to utilise it to its full potential. This will then help them in their revision for the GCSE exams in their final term and for the following academic year.
Exams and Revision
LS3 in the final term will be used as opportunities for mini (subject specific) revision sessions. We will work with all subjects teams across the school to create mini revision sessions for the subjects which learners will be completing their GCSE's in at the end of C10.
Monday - Currently College references etc will eventually become Monday Challenges
Tuesday - Topics relevant to that week - College applications, revision, exams etc
Wednesday - N/A
Thursday - Current Affairs Quiz & discussion
Friday - Assembly
C11 enjoys much reflection and target setting for learning during their LS3. Given that the focus of their learning is now around gaining the success they need to move through the transition to their next place of education, the LGLs are intent on helping them hone the skills they need to do this. In particular a great deal of their energy is placed in managing their time and creating the right balance between school and leisure time. Getting this is hard and what learners have habitually done may not be the best for achieving their potential so LS3 is the time for them to explore different ways of dealing with this and with the emotions which are related to finding their way.
There are the practical matters of this time such as writing application forms for college, going for interviews and getting careers advice all of which are the kinds of things on which their LGLs are spending a great deal of time so that the learners are the best informed they can be. All learners have had visits and meetings from further education providers and these have taken place during assemblies and LS3 over the last term.
As we move towards the end of the time at the school, they will be spending time dealing with revision techniques and better managing the completion of their own preparation for controlled assessments.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are spent doing the above and Friday is Assembly day.