Ethos, Values & Metacognition
Our Vision and Ethos
Our vision is to be an excellent, happy school where we all work together to help everyone be the best they can be. Our ethos is one of inclusion, aspiration and positivity; valuing everyone's talents and abilities and using them to the best to help each other progress.
To help the children understand what this means, we use this motto:
Be kind Be hardworking Be part of our team Be Woodfield!
We want anyone, whether they are children, staff, parents, volunteers, governors or anyone else to feel that they are part of our Woodfield team. We expect that members of our team will act in the way shown in our motto, being kind, working hard and helping each other.
Our school values underpin everything we do in school; we teach the children what they mean, how to show them and how to recognise when someone else is showing them. Our values are:
Kindness - We show care and consideration in everything we do.
Respect - We are polite, treat other people nicely and think about their feelings.
Thankfulness - We appreciate everything that is good in our lives and are grateful for it.
Collaboration - We work well together to achieve something.
Honesty - We tell the truth so that other people can trust us.
Forgiveness - We understand that we all make mistakes, we accept people’s apologies and help them to make a new start.
Charity - We help others when they are in need, either by giving our time, running or supporting an event or making a donation.
Metacognition and Self-Regulation
At Woodfield Infant School, metacognition and self-regulation are promoted and drawn upon throughout all areas of learning and during all times of the school day. Metacognition and self-regulation are about children thinking about thinking, knowing what learning means and taking charge of their own learning. Even at this young age, with consistent modelling from all adults, the children are able to think about themselves as learners. The Education Endowment Fund have found that getting children to focus upon themselves as learners improves their achievement.
In order to be metacognitive and to be able to self-regulate, children need to know, and be able to use, a set of learning dispositions. We have previously used our 7Rs of learning to support the development of these dispositions but we have recently explored ways to make these more child friendly. As a result, the learning dispositions are now represented as 5 Learning Powers, through the use of The Learning Jungle.
Each learning power is represented by an animal from the learning jungle and each learning power has certain behaviours and attributes associated with it.
The learning powers are: to concentrate, to be resilient, to be curious, to co-operate and to self improve.
The learning powers, the learning jungle and each of the animals are introduced to the children through a series of introductory lessons. The adults within each class make the vocabulary explicit to the children and model each power and its associated behaviours. In EYFS, each class has a set of soft toys as props and all staff have access to a set of animal costumes to really bring each character to life. The learning powers are then reinforced through assemblies and everyday activities, with the language of metacognition being used by adults and children alike. When children are seen modelling the learning powers they are rewarded with verbal praise and may also receive a stamp for their work like those seen below.
The Learning Jungle Poem explains the different Learning Powers and their associated behaviours and attributes.
The Learning Jungle
Tiptoe through the jungle
Pass the swaying vines
Hidden in a clearing
Are the most amazing crowd
Emily is an elephant
Who likes to pause and think
Her favourite task is concentrating
She tries to see if things will link
Martin and Marvin - the monkeys
Chatter all day
Talking about learning
Sharing feedback each way
Albert is an armadillo
With a very tough shell
When things go wrong, they bounce off him
And he always tries again
Kelly the koala clings to the tree
Always asking questions
And wondering about the world she can see
She is extremely curious and keen to learn new things
Sadie the squirrel
Loves to co-operate
Helping here, helping there
She loves to look at learning in a pair
The metacognitive and self-regulation skills that the children develop and use during their time at Woodfield Infant School are built upon as they continue their linear learning journey at St. George’s Junior School, throughout the primary phase.
By using the values and learning powers through everything we do, we aim to ensure that all adults and children are enabled to become great team members and are able to achieve our motto:
Be kind Be hardworking Be part of the team Be Woodfield!