This year our key focus is on embedding key skills and knowledge. Our staff have been learning about ‘metacognition’ which is about how the brain works and the thought process. We have been discussing the differences between short-term ‘working’ memory and long-term memories. Our goal is for children to expand their long-term memories for key facts and processes so that they can easily use these, when needed, in lessons and in test conditions. The key way that information is taken to the long-term memory is by making the brain realise they are important. This can be done through repetition (drilling facts or seeing the same information in different ways) or through making the learning particularly emotionally memorable.
You can help us to embed key skills by talking to your child about their learning and asking them to explain it to you. Games are really useful for helping to embed facts as they are repetitive and fun, ‘Times-table Rockstars’ is a great example of this. Moreover, reading has been recognised as the most important thing a child can do to develop wider knowledge. Please encourage your child to read for pleasure. We have lots of books in school which can be borrowed and local libraries are free to join and always have the latest children’s books.
If you want to learn more about how your child can develop as a learner make sure you sign up for parent’s evenings next week.