LEARNING WALKS. How we can share good practice and learn from one another. Why have a learning walk?. A learning walk can have many different purposes: To monitor or audit practice throughout the school. Providing a ‘snapshot’ view.
How we can share good practice
and learn from one another.
A learning walk can have many different purposes:
- pre-set criteria or your own?
- general observations or a checklist?
- good way to introduce new initiatives such as Every Child
- can raise awareness of provision for groups e.g. EAL or SEN
- will you have an outside facilitator to chair the discussion?
- will any form of written report be produced?
- who will be responsible for feedback?
- who will be responsible for any action points which arise?
There are certain ways to behave on a learning walk:
Our aim is to enhance children’s learning through providing a stimulating learning environment.
A rich learning environment can enhance learning by:
the children about topics.
belonging and responsibility.
school, the classroom and learning.
Recent research into the brain suggests that a classroom that is interactive, interesting, personalised and relevant will enhance the developing brain. Classroom displays must be changed and updated regularly to keep them relevant and interesting to pupils.
Here is a basic classroom checklist that can be used when assessing the learning environment that you create.
These are the criteria used to successfully incorporate display for learning into the school environment,to reflect and consolidate the learning process.
Topic, Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics/Spellings;
Vocabulary that is related to the year group.
Definitions, facts, information, posters, diagrams.
Annual, termly, topic, overview; Learning aims displayed;
Progression of a topic displayed, for example, displaying planning with work.
Interest tables, interactive tables, children’s 3-D work.
“Toolkit” reminder poster with symbols displayed for staff and pupils. Learning tools as plans displayed with finished work, blank learning tools displayed for inter-active use by the children and for whole class work.
Symbols and pictures displayed with key vocabulary. Use colour for key words in display.
“Getting stuck isn’t a problem, staying stuck is!”
“Pupil of the week /day”.