Toolkit of ESSENTIAL Skills
At Brockwell Junior School, we encourage all our children to develop a toolkit of essential skills alongside a growth mindset which they will use throughout their lives. Each term a skill is explicitly considered before each child endeavours to practise it. All members of staff have their eyes peeled to catch children being brilliant and meeting their core skill. When they do this, they receive a special sticker to share their achievement at home. An explanation of each of the key skills is below.
Social and Collaboration
Relate to others; taking an active part in a group; negotiating and resolving differences; supporting the learning of others; understanding and predicating the feelings of others; modifying one’s own responses; managing own feelings; self-awareness.
Having a go at something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests our ability; to develop a growth mindset and will know that mistakes are part of learning.
Communication and Digital Literacy
The ability to speak effectively for different audiences; to listen, to understand and respond appropriately to others; participate in group discussion; communicate using a range of media (dance, art, song, thought).
Digital literacy refers to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate, and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms. Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy; instead it builds upon them.
Enquiry and Reasoning
Asking relevant questions; posing and defining problems; planning what to do; planning how to research; predicting outcomes; anticipating responses; testing ideas and conclusions; improving ideas.
Giving reasons for opinions and ideas; drawing inferences and making deductions; using precise (reasoning) language to explain thinking; making judgements and decisions informed by reasons or evidence.
Improving our own learning
The setting of personal goals; the directing of the task; the control of the learning journey; reflecting on and critically evaluating; identifying ways to improve your own learning; identifying the purpose of the learning; reflecting on the process of the learning; developing and using success criteria; focusing and concentrating on learning; persisting when learning is difficult; developing independence and resourcefulness.
The ability to cope with stresses, successes and failures; to develop psychological and behavioural capabilities that allow us to remain calm during such situations; to move on from an incident (self-regulate) without long-term, negative consequences.