Independent Learning

".... the ability to take charge of one's own learning."

H Holic 1981

What does it mean to be an independent learner at Moulsham?

The independent learner should...

  • Be curious
  • Be actively involved in a task
  • Be an active listener
  • Be an active reader
  • Be interested in solving problems
  • Be able to take responsibility for his/her learning
  • Be able to reflect on what he/she has learned and his/her progress
  • Be able to organise themselves and their work
  • Be able to make decisions to meet their own learning needs


    An Interactive revision site for KS4 pupils in English. Every Year 11 student can log into the site with their own logon and access both an e-book version of the Hodder text books and additional revision tasks. Click here for instructions.

Have you been given a text to read?

Most subjects need you to read a text sometimes....

Take responsibility and use active reading strategies

Strategies for non-fiction texts...

  • What is the GAP of your text? (genre, audience, purpose)?
  • What are you expecting the text to be about?
  • Preview your text by scanning the whole text
  • Looks for pictures, headings, subheadings, colour, captions
  • What clues do they give about the text?
  • Chunk it into sections
  • Now read each section
  • Can you decide on one main idea in each section?
  • What is your task?
  • Go back to the text and look for clues to help you complete your homework

Have you been given a writing task? All subjects need writing to be fit for purpose....

  • Have you taken care to present it neatly?
  • Have you checked it is set out correctly?
  • Have you used full sentences?
  • Have you checked your punctuation?
  • Is it dated?
  • Have you used a ruler for underlining titles?

Are you organised?

  • Have you checked what lessons you have tomorrow?
  • Have you packed your school bag?
  • Have you thought about your homework and not left it until the last minute?
  • Have you listened in class and recorded the homework correctly?
  • Have you worked out how much time to spend on each piece of homework?

How curious are you?

  • Do you go a step further and challenge yoursef to read more about a topic?
  • Do you read for pleasure?
  • How about reading a biography about your favorite sports star?
  • Or the history of a sport?
  • Do you wonder about the Universe?
  • Have you ever read science journals?
  • Have you been to the school library and looked at the excellent journals Mrs Coupland stocks?

Do you enjoy solving problems?

  • Do you play word games?
  • How about Scrabble?
  • Do you build models?
  • How about model ships or dinosaurs?
  • Do you enjoy crossword puzzles?
  • How about trying to solve some dingbats?
  • Do you play snakes and ladders?
  • It's a great game for teaching collaborative skills.

All of these make your mind active and alert!