ReImagining Newport Gardens Primary School

Case Study 2

Our students are more than just the kids that we teach. Often they can end up teaching us. Ellie Barclay, a teacher at Newport Gardens Primary School, knows from her own classroom experience.

This is the story of how her students used the Fluencies and rose to a challenge demonstrating the love they have for our great planet and its colourful animal kingdom.

Ellie Barclay of Newport Gardens Primary School had discovered the 21st Century Fluencies through the book Literacy is Not Enough. “I was inspired by Lee Crockett’s book and I absolutely understood the importance of teaching students to become lifelong independent learners.”

The students had begun studying animals, their features, and different habitats in Biology. They became very interested in the subject of endangered species, and were horrified to learn that human behaviour was the primary cause. So the Junior Learning Community of Newport Gardens decided to take school-wide action.

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Using the framework of the 21st Century Fluencies as their model, they created an awareness campaign about one particular endangered animal, the orang-utan. “Our students were outraged that these beautiful creatures were endangered—we had a problem and so we decided to implement Solution Fluency,” says Ellie.

Needless to say, Ellie and the Junior Team were extremely proud of the students’ efforts. “It has been exciting to witness how our students have responded so positively to the Fluencies, and to see how they are beginning to think deeply about the issues that affect our world,” Ellie claims.

I had faith in the Fluency model and knew that I was supported by the GDCF team. The Fluencies are outlined so simply in the book Literacy is Not Enough and in the online resources that teaching them to our students is simple.

Ellie Barclay

Newport Gardens Primary School

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