Teaching and Learning

Learning outdoorsLime Tree is passionate about research and development to further our understanding of how humans learn. We are not a school that simply aims for the hoops set by others; we seek to create pupils and adults who deeply engage in the process of learning.

Our School Enquiry Process (formally the School Development Plan) works to engage all members of the school community ensuring buy-in and authentic commitment.

The process follows:

  • Questioning
  • Researching
  • Debating
  • Planning
  • Preparing
  • Experimenting & Trialing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Implementing
  • Continually reviewing

This process has seen, overtime a number of thinking tools and learner theories used and integrated into the school’s overarching Teaching and Learning framework.

Teaching and Learning Framework

As a school we currently use elements of Belle Wallace’s TASC Wheel and P4C. The links below explain each individually.

 

Thinking Actively in a Social Context (TASC)

Thinking Actively in a Social Context. TASC is a universal, inclusive, and well-proven framework for teaching, problem-solving and thinking skills. Developed by Belle Wallace (from 1980 ff.), the TASC Framework is in line with what neuroscience tells us about how the brain works, and, consequently, how all children (and adults!) learn.

TASC

The last national survey conducted by Belle (2007/8) showed that over 10,000 classrooms in the UK were using the TASC Framework to successfully develop learners’ problem-solving and thinking skills, and many more schools since then have adopted the TASC approach. In the national survey, many schools reported a rise in Standards of Attainment (SATS), and have, consequently, received praise and positive comments from OfSTED, and learners, parents and governors!. (Office of Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, UK)