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What is learning?

Learning is the relatively permanent change in a person’s knowledge or behaviour due to experience. This definition has three components:

  • The duration of the change is long-term rather than short-term
  • The locus of the change is the content and structure of knowledge in memory or the behaviour of the learner
  • The cause of the change is the learner’s experience in the environment

From Learning in Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Richard E. Mayer

The change in the learner may happen at the level of knowledge, attitude, or behaviour. As a result of learning, learners come to see concepts, ideas, and/or the world differently. At Woodside, we recognise that learning is a complex process that involves the whole child. It requires that our class teachers and support staff create a positive climate for learning, have a good knowledge of subjects taught, understand how children learn and recognise any existing barriers to learning.  We also understand that our pupils need to be ready to learn in order to benefit fully for teaching and learning opportunities provided by the school.

Every pupil at Woodside Junior School has the right to learn in an environment that is free from disruption, where all pupils can learn, and all teachers can teach.

Core values and principles for learning and teaching at Woodside School

We will ensure that every child succeeds:

  • Provide an inclusive education within a culture of support and high expectations
  • Ensure that every child feel valued and secure, regardless of ability
  • Raise aspirations and achievement
  • Involve parents.

We will build upon what learners already know:

  • Structure and pace teaching so that pupils know what is to be learnt and how
  • Set clear learning goals, based on clear progression of skills and knowledge
  • Make each learning experience count.

We will make learning vivid and real:

  • Develop understanding through enquiry, creativity, use of new technologies as well as and thinking skills
  • Make learning relevant and purposeful for each pupil.

We will make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience:

  • Stimulate learning through ensuring teaching techniques and strategies respond to the needs of pupils
  • Make creative use of a range of learning opportunities appropriate to the material to be learned.

We will enrich the learning experience:

  • Create an effective environment for learning
  • Infuse learning skills across a broad curriculum
  • Use a variety of learning experiences and the environment
  • Foster curiosity, creativity and imagination.

We will promote assessment for learning:

  • Make children active partners in their learning
  • Share learning intentions
  • Encourage reflection and evaluation
  • Give feedback which identifies next steps in learning for improvement.


Please click here for our principles of teaching and learning at Woodside.