Langstone Learner Award – Adult Guidance

Thinking, Resilience, Reflectiveness

At Langstone Junior Academy, we aim to develop learners who are reflective, resilient thinkers and challenge themselves in all areas of learning both in and out of school.  We believe that children need to develop a skills set that enables them to achieve this and become confident ‘Master Learners’. The Langstone Learner award is a three-tiered system which empowers children to recognise and develop a set of progressively challenging skills as they develop as independent learners.

Tier 1 – All NEW children to the school (8 skills per area = 24 skills)
  • ALL Children (regardless of year group) start this tier upon entry to LJA.
  • Introduction to basic, core skills broken down into smaller steps
  • Children self-assess once they have an understanding of the skill using a smiley face scale. This is updated by children as they progress.
  • Teacher observation and discussion with the child will result in a sticker (Dididot size) being awarded and dated once achieved over a consistent amount of time.
  • When all stickers for an area are awarded, booklet is passed to Year Leader for validation (consistency across team) and a larger sticker is awarded at bottom right with initials. Year Leader could discuss with child (where appropriate) during Year Leader Release Time. Year leader could also follow up with children not yet achieving Tier 1, especially PP children.
  • When all 3 areas have been approved by Year Leader a sticker is put on front cover to easily demonstrate completion.
  • SLT member to stamp approved on the front of the book and award Tier 1 blue band.

Child to celebrate achievement in Celebration Assembly.

Tier 2 – Typically Year 4 but progression when appropriate from Tier 1 (5 skills per area = 15 skills)
  • Children start this tier once they have completed Tier 1.
  • Builds on Tier 1. The layout is also slightly different with children being required to self-assess using a smiley face and number system. This is updated by children as they progress.
  • They are also beginning to record evidence, supported by an adult. Each skill has room to record evidence underneath. There are also additional pages in the booklet for recording evidence and discussion.
  • Teacher approval as before
  • Passed to Year leader as before. Follow up on those not yet achieving Tier 2 especially PP children.
  • SLT approval (Award Pink Tier 2 band) and recognition in Celebration assembly as per Tier 1.

0 = Not YET
1 = Beginning to with reminders
2= Often with reminders
3 = Sometimes on my own
4= On my own

Tier 3 – Typically Year 5 but progression when appropriate from Tier 2 (4 skills per area = 12 skills)
  • Children start this tier once they have completed Tier 2
  • These skills build upon and consolidate skills from Tier 1 and 2, promoting true independence as a learner.
  • The layout is different. Children are required to self-assess using a scale of 1-4. This is updated by children as they progress.
  • They are also required to demonstratethat they are a master of the skills by applying them in different situations. They need to record evidence in the numbered boxes from 3 different areas of the curriculum. This can include evidence from outside of school. This is completed independently and after discussion, verified by an adult
  • Teacher approval as before
  • Passed to Year leader as before. Follow up on those not yet achieving Tier 3 especially PP children.
  • SLT approval (Award Yellow Tier 3 band) and recognition in Celebration assembly as per Tier 1.
Master Learner – Awarded upon completion of all the tiers in all 3 areas – thinking, resilience and reflectiveness.
  • Children awarded a Yellow ‘Master Learner’ T-shirt from Headteacher
  • Celebration in Monday Assembly to show whole school
  • Photo on school website – subject to signed permission slip from parent/carer (GDPR compliant)

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