Amethyst Learning at Willowcroft
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley
At Willowcroft, we encourage the children to take responsibility for their own learning, both academically and socially. This year, we said goodbye to Wizard of Oz (WOO) and welcomed Amethyst Learning. Our new behaviour for learning approach uses a mixture of approaches from Guy Claxton, Di Pardoe and the ideas and experience of our teaching staff to create a reward system for the children in school and recognise their personal achievement.
Children remained in their house teams and they have received housepoints for following the Give Me Five rules and for house team activities held throughout the year. In addition though, we have identified the skills we believe children need to be successful learners, not just at Willowcroft but for the rest of their lives. Children will be assessed on these skills throughout the year on their Amethyst Achievement card and will receive a certificate and an amethyst for each achievement.
Be kind to yourself when facing a challenge
Be mindful of others
Step outside your comfort zone
Rise to a challenge
Choose different ways of doing things
Show independent thought
Be curious about the world around you
Join up your learning
Make predictions about what might happen next
Value, respect and learn from others
Enjoy what you are learning
Show kindness and compassion to others
Make a positive contribution to our community (school and local area)
We have used animals to represent each R and as a visual reminder to support the children in gaining familiarity with the language of learning we will be using.
Reflectiveness: Red Panda
In Keys Stage One, we have adapted the language of Amethyst Learning and each R to aid the children's early understanding of learning behaviours.
Key Stage One children have a tally of how many times they have achieved each of the four skills. When they demonstrate the skill 5 times, they earn their certificate and Amethyst gem.
Amethyst learning happens when a child works in the purple zone- see below. At this point they are out of their comfort zone and in a challenge zone. Teachers aim to keep children in the challenge zone, with comfort zone breaks. The panic zone is the red zone and this is not where we want children to be, although we all find ourselves there from time to time.