These are delivered throughout the school from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5 and underpin learning connections and constructions in order to develop the 21st century skills needed for our students to be successful throughout their lives. At Arcadia we focus on the development of the 4 C’s of:
Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions. Examples include:
Working together to reach a goal and putting enterprise into action. Examples include:
Critical thinking is focused, careful analysis of something to better understand it. When people speak of "left brain" activity, they are usually referring to critical thinking. Examples of some of the main critical-thinking abilities are:
Creative thinking is expansive, open-ended invention and discovery of possibilities. When people speak of "right brain" activity, they most often mean creative thinking. Some common creative thinking abilities are:
The development of learning skills within the curriculum is also accentuated by a number of programmes which support their progression. Examples include:
Oracy is the ability to articulate ideas, develop understanding and engage with others through spoken language. In school, oracy is a powerful tool for learning; by teaching students to become more effective speakers and listeners we empower them to better understand themselves, each other and the world around them. Inspired by the work of the Voice 21 organisation in the UK, students across Key Stages 2 and 3 are encouraged to develop their ideas through a high quality oracy-style education. They develop and deepen their subject knowledge and understanding through talk in the classroom, which has been planned, designed, modelled, scaffolded and structured to enable them to learn the skills needed to talk effectively.
During the transition through Key Stage 3 students will be exposed to a strand of learning through the Harkness Method. Our aim is to equip every student with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. Learning is an active and exciting process in which everyone participates and at times leads and where teachers are facilitators of learning. We believe that excellent teaching is more about helping students to find information and figure things out, rather than telling them things. Harkness teaching and learning is central to this. The Harkness teaching method is an intrinsic part of our approach to teaching and learning. It links closely to our focus on developing learning power and character through our ‘Arcadia Values’ programme and is delivered across a range of subject areas and disciplines.
Developed in partnership with the Sands Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the United States, the Entrepreneurial Leadership programme priorities the development of four key traits that comprise the entrepreneurial mindset:
Equipped with this mindset, students take on interesting challenges that connect with their passions and graduate with a competitive advantage. To instil this mindset in every student, the Entrepreneurial Leadership programme is integrated into the Key Stage 3 experience. Project-based challenges in the classroom provide an opportunity for students to build this way of thinking while practising entrepreneurial skills in the areas of business, design, and technology.