1. The acquisition of knowledge or skills.
1. Impart knowledge or instruct as to how to do something.
Abbot’s Way provides ‘inspirational learning with a difference’
It is said that “ a child has a hundred languages” (Malaguzzi)
Put simply, we teach each student in the language through which they best learn.
Moreover, we will not teach them in a language through which they cannot learn. Teaching pedagogy will echo a student's profile and preferred learning style.
1. Exceptional talent or intelligence
Our young people possess their own personal brilliance in areas which serve as their 'superpowers'. This exceptional talent provides us with a way in to be able to unlock learning for them, enabling their brilliance both to shine and to support their greatest challenges.
Students at Abbot's Way learn how to learn, and learn to love learning, because they can access the curriculum in the way that it is tailored to suit their learning profile
Metacognition is woven throughout our Abbot’s Way experience.
Students reflect on themselves as thinkers and learners in order to develop and achieve a growth mindset. They analyse and evaluate their own thought processes, approaches to situations and to the resolution of problems, comprehension….Young people can self-regulate more readily if they have a more thorough understanding of themselves.
Relationships between students and staff are at the heart of unlocking our young peoples’ potential.
A deep understanding of our learners’ strengths and challenges is essential for delivering a personalised programme that enthuses and inspires.
Teaching is inspiring, so that learning is experiential and memorable.
Expectations are high, yet achievable so that success is possible with determination and focus.
Learning opportunities widen at Abbot's Way, and students are supported in engaging with these and making progress.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand!” Chinese proverb.
'Learning by doing' is our watchword.
Our broad curriculum is brought to life with vibrancy and energy; visiting experts, trips out and a hands on, modelled approach in learning sessions.
Our students require explicit explanations, in lots of different ways, to achieve secure understanding.
They need recapping, embedding and application of what is taught. We aspire to move students on not only in terms of subject attainment but in terms of the skills that they gain.
We plan for personalised learning and strategies adopted to effect this include modelling, memory games, practical work, creation of memory hooks, peer work and much sharing of good practice within the staff team. Our students become knowledgeable, independent and proactive learners who know that they have potential and know how to achieve it.
“Your life is enriched with meaning when you allow yourself to become inspired, set goals, and charge after them with passion” Anon
Our Abbot's Way cornerstone values are Honesty Kindness Courage Endeavour.
Abbot's Way is a learning environment which nurtures self worth and fosters confidence, enquiry and aspiration. These qualities, together with the acquisition of key skills, means that our young people can reach their potential, in part because they have learned to believe that they can.
Wherever Abbot's Way leavers are destined, they will be rounded, articulate, empathetic and equipped to face their next steps after Key Stage 4.