8 Aptitude Learning
Recognising our intelligences and opportunities
All our subjects are given equal status. Fundamentally, we believe that every child should receive acknowledgement and recognition for their efforts in every subject. At Bloo House, we do not ask: “how intelligent is this child?”, but rather, in what ways is this child intelligent? For all children are intelligent and they are intelligent in many different ways. We believe that everyone possesses eight intelligences (proclivities) or aptitudes (inclinations):
Moral, Spiritual, Logical, Linguistic, Physical, Cultural, Social and Personal.
When planning for their weekly lessons, the teachers ask themselves the following questions, “How are the children in my lessons intelligent and what new learning opportunities can I create to best support and inspire these children?”
It is as a direct result of these inclinations that our curriculum is ever evolving and consistently dynamic. Our teachers frequently assess individual children and note what teaching methodologies need to be woven into their short-term planning in order to reach each of the above intelligences. It is for this reason that our teachers are perpetually learning about our children and modifying and extending their own teaching.
Our commitment to a full, holistic and balanced education is codified in our eight-aptitude approach, which was inspired by the groundbreaking work of Harvard Professor, Howard Gardner. An education at Bloo House requires pupils to engage with all eight of their aptitudes and to reflect on these as they go through school.
At primary level, the point of an eight-aptitude focus is to delight in the various ways in which we experience the world around us and develop as individuals. Whilst each aptitude can be considered individually, we are often more interested in the way that they meet.
We aim to nurture and develop the physical, cultural logical, linguistic, personal, social, moral and spiritual aptitudes of each of the children who attend Bloo House –each and every day, through the breadth of opportunity and activities which they participate in and most importantly through the quality of their reflections and consideration of the opportunities and activities at the end of each day, week, term and year.
Eight Aptitudes Of Learning And Development
Bloo House is committed to the development of each individual's talents. As well nurturing the intellectual and emotional well-being of pupils - we also enable children to reach their true potential through the following eight aptitudes.
Words and language, written and spoken; retention, interpretation and explanation of ideas and information via language; understanding relationship between communication and meaning; ability in English, languages and the humanities
Logical thinking, detecting patterns, scientific reasoning and deduction; analysing problems, performing mathematical calculations, understanding the relationship between cause and effect
Artistic ability and awareness, appreciation and use of sound and vision; appreciation of music, art and dramatic skill
Body movement control, manual dexterity, physical agility and balance; eye and body coordination; sporting and dance prowess
Awareness and appreciation of one’s place in the world; thinking and awareness beyond materialism and the self
Awareness of personal responsibility, of right and wrong and steering clear of the wrong; openness and honesty with those around you; having firm principles and sticking to them
Self-awareness, knowing yourself, personal objectivity; knowing of your own need for, and reaction to change
Perception of those around you and their feelings; the ability to relate to individuals
Each teacher, in each subject, in weekly and daily lessons must plan for and provide teaching opportunities that encompass all of the above.
The 8 aptitude learning model provides our teachers, parents and pupils with a platform of assessing their holistic progress within lessons, within individual subjects and across the curriculum.