The journal & co-curricular




The Lockdown Learning Journal

A learning journal is a collection of notes, observations, thoughts and other relevant materials built up over a period of time.

Each pupil in Years 7 – 9 will be encouraged to keep a  journal reflecting on their learning during lockdown.  Whether we are in school or distance learning, we believe that improvement requires consultation with pupils.  Journal reflections will be one of the ways in which pupils can give feedback to their tutors about how we can better support their academic learning.  

We are asking each pupil to follow five steps daily:

  • Find the right space and time once a day to record their journal entry.
  • Always set aside fifteen minutes. Doing this every day will make it a good habit.  
  • Close their eyes and reflect on their day.
  • Ask these reflective questions: what have I found easier today? What have I found harder today? What is one thing I need help with?
  • Record their reflections in their journal, and any co-curricular challenges they have completed.


Co-curricular Opportunities

The need to look after oneself physically, mentally and emotionally has never been so necessary; pupils must be actively encouraged to find ways to fulfil the College’s Five Ways to Wellbeing.  Section 1 of the pupil’s guide to distance learning suggests ways in which your child can use the Five Ways to Wellbeing to look after their physical, mental and emotional health during these challenging times. 

For Year 7 to 9 pupils there are plenty of opportunities to relax away from their academic work. Yorkshire Grit, Games and Enrichment are still very much part of our distance learning programme having become key elements of the Scarborough College co-curricular challenge. Pupils will keep a record of completed challenges in their Lockdown Learning Journals and be rewarded with points for completing the ‘Creativity’, ‘Activity’, and ‘Service’ challenges. Mr Robson, our Director of Co-Curricular Provision, will be happy to hear from pupils who have ideas for challenges. There will be bronze, silver and gold certificates for pupils who achieve the points necessary to gain awards. Please see the Lockdown Learning Journal for further details. 

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