Limeside Research Priority for 2015-16

Working alongside MMU to trial the Collaborative Action Research Platform (CARP)

Personalised learning: Skills are knowledge in context.

Key Question

Let them fly higher and wider – How can we improve cognitive ability for all children to ensure maximum progress?
In this priority we will focus on understanding cognition so that all children achieve exceptionally well. It includes
developing staff and children’s understanding of how the brain and memory acquire, process, store and apply
information. Building on the PLTS and the techniques we have already developed to help children select and
apply spelling strategies, it involves developing a shared language to discuss meta-cognition and a range of
strategies to help children hook their understanding of concepts and skills to existing or memorable knowledge.
Children will learn to monitor and act to improve their own understanding. All learners will be better able to
recall, apply and create with the skills and concepts they have learned. By using elements of Blooms and
solo taxonomies, we will provide opportunities for some children to take their learning deeper and wider to
succeed to the world of live without levels. By actively planning to develop thinking skills, problem solving
strategies and the complexity of intellectual processes, we will ensure that children have the skills to tackle the
cognitive challenge of the new end of KS assessments.

Work on understanding and improving retention will help children develop the fluency required by curriculum 2014.