We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.- Aristotle (384–322 BC) Greek Philosopher
Learning Habits at Oakham (LHO) is the culmination of 5 years of research and development. It is a learning programme we have developed that identifies key attributes – habits of mind – that pupils need to master in order to be more effective learners, with the willingness and ability to learn independently at school and beyond.
Students still study all of the subjects that form the backbone of a traditional curriculum, but thanks to LHO they learn how to take their studies further and rise to the intellectual challenges that they will encounter in their later lives.
The Oakham Learning Habits are arranged into four groups:
- Being (what you are like)
- Relating (how you learn from others)
- Doing (what you do)
- Thinking (how you think)
Within these four groups we have organised the full range of key Learning Habits that form a framework of qualities that we develop within the core curriculum and in the wider life of the School, whether the vocabulary is used explicitly in lessons, or the ideas used to support planning of classes and activities.
Starting with the youngest pupils, we focus right across the curriculum on a set of Habits, using them in lessons, in their Houses, and on the playing fields. Bit by bit the pupils own these Habits; they become second nature. By the time our students leave Oakham, it is our hope that they will have developed a toolkit for lifelong learning.
Great learners need great knowledge and skills, and in tandem with LHO, we teach pupils how to conduct effective and meaningful research via FOSIL (Framework for Oakham School Inquiry Learning) to enable pupils to develop the ability to ask, and to answer, challenging questions on their own. Our FOSIL programme provides an excellent foundation for study at university or for independent learning and research in their future careers.