A photo of 2 children looking at a world globe.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School. In this part of the course, you’ll be turning your attention to how children learn.

It’s very easy to judge people because we tend to see their view through our own eyes. We can say things like:

  • “I don’t know why they’re making all this fuss?”
  • “Why don’t they just get on with it?”
  • “It’s not that hard.”
  • “I don’t know what they’ve got to feel so happy about.”
  • “They don’t take life seriously enough.”

However, none of us truly know what it’s like to be another person – with their genetic make-up, their thoughts, feelings and previous experiences. Even siblings can often view their upbringing differently; they’re different people and at different points in that family’s life.

It’s necessary for us to try and understand another person’s point of view, and it’s even more relevant if you’re working with children in school. Which is why at the end of Week 1, you were asked to imagine what it’d be like to view the world through a child’s eye or to try and remember what it was like to be a child. What did you remember?

Don’t forget that there is a Q&A Step at the end of each Week. If there are topics you disagree with, or that you feel uncomfortable about and would like to challenge Helen and engage in a discussion, make a note in the Q&A Step at the end of this Week.

In the next Step, you’ll hear from children, sharing their opinions of topics surrounding school.

Our course tip

Keep a notebook to hand, whether it’s pen and paper or one on your digital device. This will be particularly useful when you work through the practical tasks.

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Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School

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