Primary Schools
It is never too early to learn HOW to learn

Introducing Core Skills

We are focused on introducing and gaining core skills such as time management and memory.

Learners improve their information processing skills, improve their information retention skills and reduce stress and anxiety through dedicated lessons.

Performance Learning® Lessons are designed to teach the learner how to prevent themselves becoming overwhelmed. They also build emotional fitness, prevent sleep deprivation and tiredness from becoming habitual as they grow older.

Each lesson combines curriculum content ranging from our Performance Learning® Maths Curriculum to specific subject lessons. 

From training and accrediting teachers, to placing one of our qualified Performance Learning® Primary Teachers in your school, there are multiple ways to implement and capitalise on our wide range of lessons.

Performance Learning® can help your young learners fly through their tests and become well rounded, multi-skilled students ready for their transition through Primary into Secondary education.

Starting in Year 4

In the primary sector, we often say that we are “learning to read in Key Stage One, and in Key Stage Two, “we read to learn.” We believe that it is most appropriate to start the Performing Learning® curriculum in Key Stage Two. This means that we can help to promote independence in the learners by encouraging them to read our material, to learn HOW they can perform better in school.

We know that that Year 3 is often a big transition and a consolidation year of all the basic and important skills the pupils learn in Key Stage One, so the Performance Learning® Primary Curriculum starts in Year 4 and goes through to Year 6. The curriculum is modular and can be taught over 3, 6 or 9 months.

We have dedicated lessons for learners who have had difficulties acquiring basic skills due to reasons such as:

Every pupil counts - no matter how big the class

Teacher recruitment and the rise in pupil numbers are two of the most urgent challenges facing the Primary Education sector. An extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with rising population figures.

Coupled with curriculum and assessment changes, performance reporting restraints, funding challenges and the need to meet targets and improve results, school leaders and teachers need to be confident of their ability to deliver an effective, future-proof learning environment.

We understand these challenges and can offer a solution that not only enhances student performance, but also addresses many of other social and behaviour problems that children and young people are facing today.

At Performance Learning® every pupil counts, and we look at each one as an individual with enormous potential.

How the Performance Learning® Process Works

Maria Allcroft, teacher at Lea Forest Academy

What insights did Performance Learning training give you? “Understanding how negative emotions can impact a learner and how to easily overcome this.”

Year 4
Performance Learning helps

8-9 year olds by :

We introduce them to what lies ahead and help prepare them early on for some of the more challenging aspects of the curriculum. We do this by helping them to recognise and gain awareness on the importance of how they manage their time. We teach them how to gain access to their natural retention skills. We introduce the importance of sleep and wellbeing and we help the learners understand what can cause them to feel anxious and stressed in school.

Although most of these pupils would have already been exposed to challenging curriculum content and tests, it is likely that they have never been taught HOW best to rise to the challenge.  The Performance Learning Lessons supports them by teaching them how to learn and gain full access to their lesson content. The result is a faster, more in depth understanding of not only themselves but of their day to day school work.

It is unique because it is likely to be the first time that they have been exposed to such strategies for supporting their learning. Most of Key Stage One is learning basic skills. Year Three is consolidating those skills and putting them into practice and in Year Four, they are ready to further their understanding and be prepared to learn a wealth of new content.

The lessons are delivered in a fun, visual and kinaesthetic nature so that even young learners can fully engage.
They enjoy practising different breathing techniques, which they can use if they are feeling anxious. They also learn how to recognise emotions such as anxiety so things start to make more sense for them.
They learn how to keep a fun sleep diary as well as how to set and achieve goals.

Essential to long term success, not only in academia but in life means that we need to prepare learners at a young age. This includes; how to manage stress and anxiety, gain control over the ability to retain and recall information, learning the importance of good sleep and time management. At Performance Learning we are teaching our core skills to learners as young as 8 years old to support them as early as possible. Though challenging for the learner at times, in the long run it propels them to gain complete control of their learning process and ultimately makes it much easier for them to succeed.

Year 5
Performance Learning helps

9-10 year olds by :

Year Five is the year when, if we’re not careful, the pupils start to panic about the following year ahead. There can be a lot of pressure to ‘perfect’ things before they enter Year Six. We help Year Five pupils to organise and manage themselves so that they are prepared for the amount of work ahead of them. We place a strong emphasis on advancing their retention and recollection skills, along with teaching them how to structure written work. The Performance Learning Lessons highlight the importance of sleep, wellbeing and managing the day to day pressure of an increasing workload.

We support them in their preparation by helping them to understand when to recognise anxiety and stress and teach them what to do to ensure that they can manage these emotions. We help them to put structure into their days and weeks and aid them with techniques for revision whilst also teaching methods for memory retention and recollection.

Much of a school’s national curriculum is content heavy. Very little time is spent on teaching children HOW to learn, particularly in KS2. As this is the year group in primary school that needs to consolidate their learning and try and perfect their skills; it is crucial that they are taught how they can do it.  Every aspect of this is covered in their Performance Learning Curriculum.

The pupils are being told on a daily basis that they need to ‘speed up their reading’, ‘read and write more in less time’, ‘they should know their Times Tables off by heart by now’, ‘they should definitely understand fractions by now’ etc. This external pressure builds up within the learner and more than often results in under performance, low self-esteem and procrastination.  Each Performance Learning Lesson is dedicated to teaching the learners HOW to learn, therefore preventing the onset of poor performance by giving them the tools and skills to take further control of their learning.  They are able to complete work with more accuracy, speed, less stress and effort and overall feel a lot more engaged with what they are being asked to learn.

The external pressure they are receiving is unfortunately there for a reason. The pupils do need to have strong and competent skills to help them enter into Year Six. They need to be able to recall facts and rules, quickly and confidently. This is why our dedicated Performance Learning Lessons around maths and English, teaches them to learn rules in maths and supports them in effective reading and writing skills. This increases their ability to extract vital information from a piece of text and learn how to solve challenging maths formula. At the same time, it ensures any anxiety or nervousness is spotted early and channelled in an empowering manner. This is helping rather than hindering learning – all of which is covered weekly through their Performance Learning Curriculum.

Year 6
Performance Learning helps

10-11 year olds by :

Year 6 is a vital year in the learners academic journey. Not only is Year 6 a key exam year but it is a transition year into “big school”.  Their Performance Learning journey is heavily focused on ensuring their retention and recollection skills are as strong as possible. We want their stress and anxiety levels towards the tests to be in control, that they are getting enough sleep and feel confident in their core skills and subjects.

We teach them ways to remain calm and relaxed about the tests they have to endure. We teach methods for revising and we give them strategies for working within time limits (particularly in preparation for tests). We help them with their sleep pattern so that they are at their best in order to perform to their optimum. We give them exercises to help manage their emotions, which in Year Six, can feel very extreme at times.

Year Six pupils have a lot of access to revision material, which their parents can buy for them or their teachers can provide from school resources. This material is mainly focused on content and exposure to the style of tests, which they’re going to be completing. Our approach is to help them learn HOW to prepare them to tackle tests and revision, accompanied with WHAT to revise – through our collaboration with you as the school.

They realise very early on that the PL Curriculum is going to support them and teach them techniques, which will help them to perform to their highest potential. With this knowledge, they feel confident and positive about the intense workload and external demands. They also enjoy the fact that these skills are going to help them to start their new school next year and will also help them to be the independent learners they need to be at secondary school. They become resilient young people, which does wonders for their confidence.

PL Education is there to not only help learners perform so well that they attain the best progress they can; it is also there to enforce the life skills they need to move on from the primary to the secondary phase. This is so important for these pupils, they need these life skills to know that they’re going to survive and also enjoy the next journey of survival. Throughout all of this, the children learn life skills and they also learn HOW they can make their education a lot more enjoyable and successful.

Courtney, Year 6, Beacon Primary Academy

``Go to your Performance Learning Lessons, they make an amazing improvement!``

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