Curriculum
STUDY SKILLS
Foreword
  • It is our belief that learning is crucial to everyone’s success and is the means by which children will become successful, confident and responsible citizens. This means that learning must be engaging, relevant, challenging and meaningful.
  • Good learning is underpinned by a firm understanding of the attitudes, skills and knowledge which are required on the part of teachers, learners and everyone involved in children’s learning.
  • Our approach, together with the learning environment that we create, will foster a love of learning and the ability and desire to learn independently. This must be balanced with an emphasis on basic and transferable skills.
What is Study Skills?

At the St Leonards Academy we will teach our students how to study, revise and prepare and equip them with an understanding of how they learn best as individuals. This will include tasks and activities which help learners to become sociable, skilled learners who have the resilience and independence to achieve excellent outcomes throughout their academic journey at St Leonards and in the future.

Examples of study skills
  • personal organisation skills
  • listening skills
  • scanning
  • comprehension
  • summarising
  • note-making
  • memory skills
  • time management skills
  • peer teaching and learning skills
  • evaluation skills
  • personal and collaborative decision-making skills
  • leadership skills
  • conflict resolution skills.

The Study Skills programme will develop students’ attitudes towards:

  • resilience (the will to be self-disciplined, stick with things, avoid distraction and temptation, defer gratification and bounce back after disappointment)
  • resourcefulness (the inclination to take initiative and be inventive in solving ones’ own problems)
  • reflectiveness (the habit of thinking back over experiences and learning from them)
  • responsiveness (adaptability, adjusting to changing circumstances, a desire to grow)

Learning in the 21st Century

There have been a number of social, technological and educational changes that support the explicit teaching of learning knowledge, skills and attributes at the St Leonards Academy. With GCSE’s now being 100% exam based, it is vital that students in every year, understand each lesson is part of a longer journey and retaining and recalling prior learning is essential in preparing them for exam success.

We are all aware that the internet, mobile phones, I Players, Facebook, You Tube, and gaming devices are all powerful influences on all areas of (ours) and young people’s lives and are increasingly personalised and participatory. To pretend such an influence doesn’t exist is naive and so must embrace the benefits they can bring to our students lives but teach them to use this new technology in a positive and evaluative way. Our young people need to taught the awareness and critical skills required to be an informed and critical user.

Ofsted, 2009, defines outstanding learning as:
  • Pupils acquire knowledge, develop understanding and learn and practise skills exceptionally well.
  • Pupils demonstrate excellent concentration and are rarely off task, even in extended periods without direction from an adult.
  • They have developed resilience when tackling challenging activities in a range of subjects.
  • Their keenness and commitment to succeed in all aspects of school life and ability to grasp opportunities to extend and improve their learning are exceptional’.
This is how we revise at The St Leonards Academy
  1. Key information from a text/topic/unit of work is read
  2. Idenitfy the key information
  3. Create a mind map using one of the two methods below
  4. Banks of mind maps are created which can be added to over a period of time which can be used to revise from