Pedagogic Principles & Video Library
As a dialogic learning community, we are very thoughtful not only about our curriculum design, but also about the pedagogy that underpins our ethos.
A great many pedagogic theories underpin our work at Milton Road School. Our work is relational and pro-social and we believe in the uniqueness and preciousness of every child in our school community.
As a relational school, we are also acutely aware of the essential role that parents and carers play in their child's education, and see them as partners in learning. Research is clear that when families are actively involved in their child's school there are improved positive outcomes not only for academic success but also for behaviour and life-long learning. This partnership can also be captured in our mantra #WeAreCrew as we want parents and carers to also feel included in the learning journeys!
For this reason, communication at every stage of the learning journey is key. We inform families regularly of the termly and weekly objectives that their child will encounter, through our learning platform SeeSaw, children update their parents on what they have been learning, we report Termly on the children's progress through written reports and parent/teacher meetings, and at the end of the learning sequence, families are invited to participate in Expert Showcases which are designed and curated by the children themselves.
CREW - We Are CREW not Passengers
CREW ethos, CREW campaigns, CREW time
Drawing on the thought leadership of Ron Berger, and the work of EL Schools, CREW is the fundamental principle in our pedagogy; it is central to our curriculum design and helps us to achieve our school's aims. Students and educators trust in their school communities to be safe, affirming, and therapeutic places. When students and educators feel a strong sense of belonging at school, nurtured by supportive relationships, research shows they are resilient and they achieve their best and secure success. Students and educators who experience an authentic community at school thrive personally, socially, morally, and academically, and can make meaningful contributions to a better world.
We are Crew Not Passengers is a key maxim and runs through everything we do. Children and adults work in small or whole class teams to achieve better outcomes for individuals and for the school as a whole.
CREW Time is a planned activity with specific aims and appears on the weekly timetable.
CREW Time - this is a (minimum of) weekly occassion when the class CREW comes together and through dialogue collectively makes meaning of aspects of the curriculum that has been taught. This could be discussing an assembly.
CREW Time could be when the children share moments of peacefulness through a mindfulness activity.
CREW Time could be a check-in with the class, a reflection of the CREW values Courage, Responsibility, Excellence and Wisdom or could be a time to review class agreements and expectations, or it could be to reflect on the learning, experiences and achievements of the week.
CREW Campaign: is when a small group decides on a positive activity that will improve the environment such as the Litter Picking CREW, or the Library CREW, it can also be when the Eco-Council decide on a positive action they want the whole school to work on, or the Cambridge Youth Citizens create a campaign to make positive change in their community.
The experiences a child has in the Early Years of life can have a profound impact on the likely outcomes later on through childhood and into adult life. For this reason, we employ highly thoughtful, qualified, specialist educators to deliver the education of our youngest children though the Statutory Early Years Framework as well as through the school's own curriculum.
Several educators inform our practice including
Dialogic Practice - Paulo Friere
Oracy and Dialogic Practice
Cultural Capital - A Toolkit of Ideas
The Future School - Valerie Hannon
Future School - Valerie Hannon
Valerie Hannon's work has influenced the design principles in our school's curriculum, particularly those set out in her book "Thrive - Schools Reinvented for the Real Challenges We Face"
Milton Road Primary School was very proud to be mentioned in the second edition of this book, by Valerie Hannon "Thrive - The Purpose of Schools in a Changing World."