Onchan School

"Learning is a journey, to be taken together, one step at a time."

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.

More in the section SOLE:

SOLE & The Sustainable Development Goals

At Onchan, we are using SOLE to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are recognised as 'a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-…

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SOLE Resources

Here you can find the SOLE recording sheets we use in school, that you can print off to use for your own SOLEs at home. Onchan_School_SOLE_Recording_Sheets.docx SOLE_sheets.docx

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Why are we using it? We are using SOLE as a tool to develop and improve the skills and qualities that children require to progress on their journey as a learner. These being; curiosity, critiquing, reflecting, reasoning, imagining, discussing and observing, as well as understanding and applying exi…

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