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Are you ready to demonstrate your ‘Learning Powers’ and ‘Sparkle like a Gemstone?’
At Crook Primary we use the ‘Gem Project’ which was introduced by Dr Tom Robson when he visited our school in 2019. It centres around 4 gems, which link with learning powers. This project is designed to build on the work that we already do in school on building resilient, growth mindset and independent learners. It will give the children a metaphorical language to help them explain how they are feeling as learners as well as to help them understand that no matter what they think their ability is, they can always improve.
These are the powers and this is what they mean:
When children feel challenged in their learning and at other times in their lives, they make adrenaline and this can make ‘butterflies’ in their tummy. This is Emerald Power and we are working to help the children to control it rather than it controlling them so that they can face challenges without emotional overreaction.
Key words: Resilience, bouncebackability, control, having a go, not giving up, finding another way
This is the ability to solve problems and learn. We encourage children to identify problems and solve them without being prompted. Each class has their own diamond power problem and they try to earn more diamonds than their teachers by solving it themselves because the more problems children solve for themselves the better they get at learning.
Key words: Independence, problem solving, exploring, pretending, remembering, having ideas.
This is to do with supporting each other and pointing out each other’s success. Doing this helps children to make oxytocin and this helps us to work well as a team. Ruby Power is also about developing a sense of well-being by making serotonin when you laugh and smile.
Key words: kindness, supportive, empathy, complimentary, smiling, happy
This power is about not allowing those ‘Monster Distractions’, such as fidgeting with paper and playing with hair, to get in the way of concentration and learning.
Key words: focus, concentrating, controlling distractions
As part of our Gem Project we have appointed Gem Detectives in school to ensure children and teachers are using and showing gem power. The Gem Detectives, led by Grace, visit each classroom once every term to observe the teacher and the children in a lesson. Each detective observes how the children and teachers are using the particular gem power they lead to support learning. Following their observation they write a report to the class to share their findings and make suggestions as to how they class could improve their power.
Our Gem Detectives across school are:
Gem Director - Grace Greenwood (year 6)
Sapphire Detectives - Ethan Koch (year 2), Harriet Parvin (year 2), Logan Heslop (year 6)
Emerald Detectives - Evie Hodgson (year 3), Harriet Cummings (year 3), Oliver Harris (year 6)
Ruby Detectives - Kesha Barker (year 4), Laila Hall (year 5), Eve Barker (year 6)
Diamond Detectives - Daniel Tingle (year 4), Grace Greenwood (year 6)
Children earn gem power through the Dojo system, where they are rewarded dojos for demonstrating one of the key characteristics linked to each of the gems. The children can also be given needs work dojos when they do not show positive gem power. The characteristics for both earning and needs work dojos are linked below:
Please see a copy of our Behaviour Policy below which provides greater detail about how the gems and dojo are used to support positive learner behaviours.