At Fairholme we believe that independent thinkers are more successful learners. Independent thinkers can often remember learning for longer, they tend to have a better understanding of concepts taught, they exude confidence and can link and apply their learning more easily.
With this in mind, we encourage pupils at Fairholme, from an early age, to become as independent as they can be. Pupils are inspired to be active learners, to think through problems, to stay involved and seize opportunities to ‘have a go’ on their own before seeking help.
Science and technology lessons are the perfect forum for developing independence. Children engage in experimental work, planning, testing and making their own conclusions from results achieved. They create their own designs and investigate relative success.
Pupils develop resilience and self-belief, taking part in problem solving, allowing themselves to make mistakes as part of finding out. They use their own skills and knowledge, and are provided with resources to help research topics, sharing ideas and communicating effectively. Pupils become reflective, able to ask questions and evaluate their own ideas.
The key to success at Fairholme is undoubtedly the guidance and support of an excellent, committed team of academic staff whose teaching is not only tailored to meet the individual needs of each child but also to allow and promote independence.