How does a discussion-based approach to learning benefit children?

When children talk together to discuss their learning, they are also thinking together. They take part in  journey of inquiry which can lad to better learning outcomes.

Here are some examples of how thinking and talking together can help children to develop their learning: 

Gifted and Talented children: discussing problems in depth can help with mastery of the curriculum. Some of the questions are aimed at a particular subject - and if you contact us with what your class is working on, we can give you mastery questions to match your topic!

Talk Partners: Many of the sessions involve pair talk to start with, so it’s a great opportunity for talk partners to spend more time talking to each other 

Disadvantaged Children: Research has shown that children who receive the pupil premium do not have as developed communication skills from EYFS stage onwards. Talking together is a way of helping those children to acquire those skills – they not only get to practice talking themselves, but hear others sharing their ideas to model talk for them and develop thinking together.

Quiet Children: Although the focus is on talking, we make sure to say that talking is only one way of joining in: if a child is listening and thinking then they are taking part. The supportive community approach to thinking and talking helps children to become more confident in sharing their ideas.