Deep Learning

What and Why

Deep learning is our new and innovative approach to learning in KS3. Our aim is to create a learning identity which is unlike anywhere else. We want to challenge our KS3 students to ‘think hard’ in every lesson, become independent and feel better prepared for the challenges of the new educational landscape.

How

As a school we are working to amend and adapt lessons so that all students in KS3 become fully immersed in deep learning. We are consistently using higher order thinking skills to encourage students to become confident, inquisitive and resilient. Some examples of the types of skills and questions students have been using in KS3 lessons are shown below:

Skills - These form the basis of all KS3 lessons

APPLY ANALYSE EVALUATE CREATE

Solve

Modify

Relate

Predict

Develop

Determine

Demonstrate

Teach

Group

Compare

Categorise

Select

Rank

Criticise

Subdivide

Question

Test

Devise

 

Conclude

Grade

Select

Justify

Debate

Measure

Convince

Decide

Re  commend

Design

Plan

Invent

Construct

Modify

 

Produce

Imagine

Solve

Arrange


Questions - Students are regularly prompted to ask and answer these questions

APPLY ANALYSE EVALUATE CREATE

How would you change or modify?

What other way could you plan to…

What do you think would happen next?

Can you group by characteristics?

Use examples to explain…

What conclusions can you draw?

What’s the main idea?

Which is the most or least important?

What are other possible outcomes?

Discuss the pros and cons…

Is there a better solution or alternative?

What changes would you recommend?

What do you think about…

How would you grade this?

What is more important?

Can you create a solution?

What would happen if?

How many ways can you…

How would you improve this?

Propose an alternative…

 

Deep Learning Tasks

We would like parents and carers to get involved in deep learning by completing out of school tasks with our students. These are tasks are not homework and do not need to be handed in to anyone. Deep learning tasks can be downloaded via the links below; they are not extensive and quite often require a discussion based around the topic, questions or activity provided. Deep learning tasks will be posted online on a fortnightly basis and parents will receive a text message to inform them of when a new task is available to download.

We hope you can appreciate the potential benefit and positive impact deep learning will have on your child’s progress. If you have any questions or you would like to visit the school and see deep learning in action please contact Mr P Grills (grillsp@eehs.surrey.sch.uk).