As a Church school we ensure that reflection time in our RE sessions allows children to explore big questions and moral dilemmas. These sessions enable children to know they are of immense worth and that they can make a valuable contribution to their school community and the wider world.
We look for opportunities to embrace our our local area, ensuring children to learn to understand and appreciate the wonders and beauty of nature. We want to spend time learning beyond the classroom; to explore and discover. Our aim is for each school within the federation to have their own allotment area in which children will look after. Producing fruits and vegetables that they will use in their food technology lessons. We also aim for children to spend time using the outdoor area to enhance the learning in their current topic – whether that is a trip down to the river or looking for bugs under stones!
Children have an opportunity to think and talk about learning every week in our weekly ‘Learnology’ sessions.
‘There appears to be a new notion that an appreciation of ‘how’ students learn is at least as important as ‘what’ they learn’. – Beere.
The sessions allow children to understand themselves as learners and to know about the process of learning. Children have opportunities to look at lifelong learning skills such as collaboration, empathy, resilience and many more…
Why it is important?
At the heart of Learnology is a fundamental belief that education is about preparing children for life beyond the walls of the classroom. It is about helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources so that they can enjoy challenges and cope well with uncertainty and complexity.
This is particularly relevant in a society that is full of change, risk, opportunity and complexity. Learnology is not a quick fix or a bolt on but should be seen as a way of refreshing our thinking about the culture in our schools.
We recognise the importance of preparing our children for life in modern Britain. We will continue to celebrate diversity through our inclusive community. We will forge strong links with contrasting communities and look for learning opportunities beyond The Dales.
At Cracoe and Rylstone we have a strong link with Horton Grange Academy in Bradford and meet with them twice a year to do joint learning projects.
Promoting healthy living is a key feature within our schools. Through our excellence in sports, lessons in food technology and promoting a growth mindset, we are helping our children to develop healthy bodies and minds. We have a cookery teacher that works across the federation providing practical workshops for children and parents.
Every week our children have access to a PE specialist teacher, Mr Baines, who teaches a PE. In addition, key stage 2 pupils swim every fortnight at Upper Wharfedale. We take part in cluster sporting events.
In April 2019 our schools were the host schools for Compass Buzz – a mental healthy charity based in North Yorkshire who provide training for schools about supporting vulnerable children and families with mental health issues. Our future aim is to have a designated person within the federation who can be a point of contact for families in need.