Our Curriculum

At Laxey we have a growth mindset philosophy. This means we believe that everybody can learn and succeed with the right attitude. Courage, tenacity and self belief are crucial and can be developed by how we recognise and reward success. Directed effort alongside outcome is valued and children are encouraged to take risks and not fear failure.


Our curriculum focusses on the principle that there are thinking skills as well as subject specific skills which we develop in a range of contexts. We also provide opportunities for children to fulfil the outcomes from the DEC’s Essentials for Learning (E4L) curriculum which can be viewed on the DEC website.


We teach most key literacy and numeracy skills in small focus groups which allow us to cater for children’s ever changing needs as they develop their skills and progress. Children play an active part in assessing their learning so they know what they need to learn next.


Our curriculum is creative and engaging, with the children taking part in planning many of the activities. There is a balance between teacher-directed learning and time for children to investigate their own lines of enquiry through independent, self chosen challenges.


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Our Learning Habits
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6Rs The 6Rs are the dispositions that all IOM schools aim to develop in our students. With these learning attitudes, students become successful learners. Readiness Relationships which are Positive Resourcefulness Resilience Remembering Skills Reflectiveness …

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Growth Mindset
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What is a Growth Mindset? The concept of a growth mindset was been developed by psychologist Carol Dweck. A mindset is a 'self-theory' that people believe about themselves. Believing that you are 'clever' or 'useless at something' are examples of mindsets. Children can develop mindsets which have a…

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Higher Order Thinking
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What is Higher Order Thinking? We are developing our higher order thinking skills (HOTS) at Laxey. Higher order thinking acknowledges that there are different levels of thinking, starting from the simple skill of remembering up to much more in-depth levels of critical thinking like 'evaluating'. Th…

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Outdoor Learning
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Trips: It is important to go out into our local environment to learn. To do this, we need to ask for parent helpers. If you are available on a regular basis, please let your child's teacher know.

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Free Play
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Free Play Children have a right to play. Play is an uninhibited learning experience during which children need and want to take risks. Play provision at Laxey aims to respond to this; offering children stimulating, challenging environments for exploring and developing their abilities. Children use…

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Learning at Home
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Home Learning Home learning begins with reading and becomes more structured as the children become older. By the time children are in year 6 home learning is set regularly. Reading at home is essential so please set time aside to read with your child, particularly when they are in KS1 or reception…

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