SOLE at Onchan School
At Onchan School, we recognise and value that children learn best when they drive and have ownership over their learning. Our Learning Powers and Learning and Teaching policy reflect our ethos for teaching and learning, “we expect children to be actively involved in their learning. No two children learn in the same way and as teachers we need to ensure that we create opportunities to learn in ways which are creative, imaginative, not transmissive (i.e. not didactic- teaching from the front), hands on, dynamic, take account of new ways of learning, are skills based and which come from the children’s interests.” SOLE has proven to be an effective tool that encourages teaching and learning to be done in such a way that also runs in tandem with the Island’s statutory E4L curriculum.
What is SOLE?
SOLE or Self Organised Learning Environments, is an approach to teaching and learning that was first founded in India by Professor Sugata Mitra and has since spread world-wide.
The basic principles include:
- Child led enquiry-based learning
- Critical thinking, building higher order thinking, questioning and speaking and listening skills
- The ability to communicate understanding to others and ability to put things into own words
- The ability to work in a team with others to achieve a shared goal
- The ability to interpret different sources of information and assess it’s relevance and value
- Opportunities to apply learning in different contexts, across the curriculum to support and enhance curiosity and inquisition
- Opportunities to use knowledge and understanding to explain observations and make connections to draw conclusions
- Opportunities for cross-curricular learning
- Opportunities for challenge and children moving outside of their comfort zone
The SOLE framework allows time to focus on child led learning, to
create opportunities for the teacher to observe not only how the
children learn best, but how they move their learning forwards by
self-evaluating and critiquing their progress. With enthusiasm
and encouragement, teachers learn alongside the children to
endorse a community of enquiry, by modelling questioning,
stretching and challenging thinking, and discussing the skills
required to be a well-rounded learner.