Brookham becomes a member of ‘NACE’ National Association for Able Children in Education.
NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) believes that the most important factor in turning ability into achievement are the opportunities a school provides within and beyond the classroom to motivate and engage, as well as deepen and extend pupils’ learning.
Strategies to deepen and extend learning will include:
• Tasks and questioning that involve analysis and evaluation
• Tasks that require problem solving, enquiry, critical thinking and research skills
• Tasks that encourage metacognition and talking about the learning process
• Tasks and classroom management that encourage the use and development of independence and choice
• Encouragement of transfer of knowledge across curriculum areas
• More advanced and conceptually difficult content
This is all part of classroom practice at Brookham; however, our new Challenge Area is exciting way to stretch our children's problem solving skills further.
Each week on the ‘Thinking Skills’ wall there will be a question; this may be maths focused, philosophy or literacy based, but all the tasks will encourage higher order thinking. The questions will also go into the newsletter each week for you to discuss with your child over the kitchen table, in the car or perhaps at bedtime. If your child feels they want to answer this formally, then there is a little postbox to pop answers into, which can be found next to the light table. Answers will be read at the end of the week and discussed in assembly and class time.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Every few weeks the open ended activity on the light table will change to challenge children to think both critically and creatively and to encourage problem solving and innovation. We are educating the future generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians.
Watch this space!