This methodology scaffolds the type of thinking and talking that makes learning new things more effective. It can be applied across subjects and year groups. Primary and secondary schools around the globe are embracing this new approach and enjoying great results.
As children organise their thoughts and ideas, they begin to understand how all the parts fit together. The block models become an engaging launchpad for thinking, talking and writing.
Get a top level view of block building concept. Use it in your next staff meeting or for sharing with colleagues.
Using the blocks for building sentences
Creating better answers for exam preparation
Being playful writing descriptions and explanations
"It helped me in my English as I normally get stuck in the writing. When we do stories it allows me to set up my ideas first. If I make a mistake I can just move the blocks before writing it out." Woody, Year 7, The Maltings Academy.
From building a writing plan to joining sentences; our pioneering schools are seeing enhanced outcomes across the full domain of literacy.
From a cognitive perspective, learning involves the ‘putting together’ of information into organised structures. Whichever year group or subject you work with, when your students are learning, they are carefully piecing together the new ideas they encounter into schemas. Providing opportunities to explore the structure of curriculum content brings with it a clear learning advantage.
Joining words to form phrases
Linking fragments to extend sentences
Organising points to build plans
Sequencing events to develop timelines
Joining concepts to create new ideas
When you need to tackle something that might be considered complex for your learners. This might be preparing for a piece of writing, consolidating a body of knowledge or checking for understanding.
The process can be used to 'stretch' higher attaining pupils or support a child who is struggling with grasping a new concept. There are significant implications for dyslexia and autism.
Schools are usually addressing one of these agendas:
1) Schools supporting a significant amount of disadvantaged learners.
2) Schools that are focused on developing lifelong learning traits.
3) Schools that are embracing a knowledge-rich curriculum.
The toolkits are perfect for simplifying any important concept or task. This could be in English, Science or the Humanities. It's useful for any body of knowledge with a clear structure.