Learning Styles

THE WORD SMART CHILD

The linguistic intelligence is exemplified by those who have a good command of language, both written and spoken. They have a large vocabulary and enjoy reading, writing and speaking. They listen attentively, express themselves freely and are often good spellers.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Word Smart child through:

  • Quality Literacy sessions
  • Good Library Connections
  • Theatre group visits
  • School Forum
  • Extension Activities
  • Book Week
  • Church Services
  • Characteristics

Good with Language and manipulation of words

  • Aware of patterns
  • A sense of order and ability to reason.
  • Read, write and spell easily.
  • Good memory for detail.

Found in: Poets, journalists, broadcasters, politicians, teachers etc.

Activities to strengthen linguistic intelligence:

  • Writing (letters, stories, poems, instructions etc.)
  • Extracting information from texts and using a library
  • Word games, puzzles, tongue twisters
  • Telling jokes, stories and riddles

 

THE 2D/3D SMART CHILD

Children with a high degree of visual/spatial intelligence has the ability to understand the position of self/objects in relation to other people or objects in 3D and manipulate their internal images. They can visualise and organise things spatially.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a 2D/3D Smart child through:

  • Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T.)
  • Art such as Weaving
  • Design and Technology
  • Beebot (Turtle) Activities
  • Physical Education (P.E.)
  • Out of School Clubs for Art and various areas of P.E.
  • Geography such as our trip to Filey
  • Maths Workshop

Characteristics:

  • Good at visualising images in 3D
  • May think in pictures
  • Can predict the effects of movement (self or objects)
  • Able to design/construct 3D objects
  • Good with maps, charts and diagrams

Found in: Artists, architects, sculptors, navigators, engineers etc.

Activities to strengthen 2D/3D intelligence:

  •  Construction
  • Sculpture using clay and other materials
  • Art and Craft activities
  • Using imagination and fantasy play for example lego, dressing up, Polly Pocket and Super Hero figures

 

THE NATURE SMART CHILD

The naturalist intelligence is exemplified by those who have an affinity with the natural world. They have a good understanding of plants and animals and enjoy the outside worlds.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Nature Smart child through:

  • Science work based on plants and animals
  • Use of the Wild Area
  • Use of the School grounds and environment
  • Orientation activities

Characteristics

  • Good with sorting and classification
  • Keen to recycle
  • Enjoy growing plants
  • Care for the environment
  • Enjoy working with animals

Found in: Vets, gardeners, animal trainers, botanists, biologists etc.

Activities to strengthen naturalist intelligence:

  • Collecting and sorting objects in nature such as leaves
  • Taking photographs of nature and adding text to them
  • Watching nature programmes
  • Keeping a diary of nature walks and trips
  • Growing plants and going to a gardening club
  • Caring for pets

THE BODY SMART CHILD

Bodily kinaesthetic intelligence is typified by those who have a high degree of control over body movements and manipulate objects easily. Children high in this intelligence do not like to sit still for very long. They may use the body as a form of expression.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Body Smart child through:

  • Physical Education (P.E.)
  • Active Learning Environment
  • Drama
  • Out of School Clubs
  • Concerts

Characteristics:

  • Very good control of the body, for example sport or dance
  • Enjoy physical movement with or with out objects
  • Well-developed sense of touch
  • Like to participate
  • May fidget and find it difficult to sit still

Found in: Athletes, gymnasts, dancers, surgeons, crafts people, actors etc.

Activities to strengthen bodily kinaesthetic intelligence:

  • Drama, mime and role play
  • Skipping and Ball games
  • Visiting Active Learning centres such as Magna and Eureka
  • ‘Simon says’ type games, action rhymes
  • Physical Out of School clubs such as Tae kwon do, dance and gymnastics. 

 

THE PEOPLE SMART CHILD

Interpersonal intelligence is shown in the ability to influence other people, to anticipate their likely reactions and to empathise. Those strong in this intelligence are good at conflict resolution, negotiation and persuasion. They work well as leaders and in teams.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a People Smart child through:

  • Use of monitors in classrooms and around school
  • Teaching strategies to deal with conflicts
  • School Forum
  • Buddy Bench System
  • Golden Ticket Reward Scheme
  • PHSE (Personal, Health, Social, Education)

Characteristics:

  • Good understanding of others, ability to mix easily
  • Sensitive to moods and intentions
  • Team players
  • Communicate well with others
  • Sociable, enjoy the company of others

Found in: Teachers, counsellors, managers, sales people, personnel workers, politicians, religious leaders etc.

Activities to strengthen people intelligence:

  • Working in a group or in pairs on a collaborative task
  • Team Games
  • Role Pay such as schools, hospitals etc
  • Interacting with others, e.g. friend around for tea.
  • Attend Out of school clubs such as Beavers
  • Find compromises to, for example plan a family day out when people want to go to different places.

THE NUMBER SMART CHILD

Logical mathematical intelligence is seen in those who have the ability to recognise logical and numerical patterns. They enjoy solving mathematical problems in daily life, classifying and analysing information, using reasoning and making predictions.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Number Smart child through:

  • Quality Numeracy sessions
  • Problem Solving activities
  • Maths Workshop
  • Science activities involving data and investigations
  • Data Handling activities such as a traffic survey
  • Bright Ideas Workshop

Characteristics

  • Good at manipulating numbers
  • Pick out patterns and relationships
  • Deal in abstract symbols
  • Enjoy problem solving and applying logic
  • Value precision and order

Found in: Mathematicians, scientists, engineers, accountants, economist, doctors etc.

Activities to strengthen number intelligence:

  • Teaching problem-solving strategies
  • Classification, sorting for example organising cupboards and storage
  • Hypothesising, predicting, experimenting
  • Logic and reasoning puzzles, sequencing, using symbols
  • Pattern identifying, code making/breaking

 

THE MUSIC SMART CHILD

Those children with high levels of musical intelligence show the ability to translate sounds from the environment onto patterns and rhythm. They are able to clap in time, sing and dance. They can recognise, create and reproduce music by using an instrument or the voice.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Musical Smart child through:

  • Music Express Sessions
  • Soloist performances in Church Services
  • Concerts
  • Carols around the tree
  • Visits from musicians
  • Percussion club
  • Choir

Characteristics

  • Well developed musical skill may be apparent at a young age
  • Sensitive to tone, rhythm and pitch
  • Enjoy listening to music, aware of different instruments
  • Able to play one or more instruments

Found in: Musicians, conductors, composers, piano tuners, recording technicians etc.

Activities to strengthen musical intelligence:

  • Using raps and chants to aid memory
  • Making/playing musical instruments
  • Singing, chanting, for example number, and alphabet rhymes
  • Composing and performing tunes and songs
  • Using music to set moods and enhance learning
  • Developing an awareness of sound in the environment
  • Instrument lessons

 

THE SELF SMART CHILD

Intrapersonal intelligence is seen in the capacity for refection and self-evaluation and the ability to think about thinking. Children with high levels of this intelligence work well alone. They need time to think and contemplate and ask penetrating and philosophical questions.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Self Smart child through:

  • Bright Ideas Workshop
  • Thinking skills in the curriculum
  • School Forum
  • Circle Time and self esteem activities
  • Self evaluation
  • Target Setting
  • Problem Solving activities

Characteristics

  • Well-developed self-knowledge
  • Strong sense of values
  • Aware of own strengths and weaknesses
  • Self-motivated
  • Well-developed sense of identity

Found in: Philosophers, theologians, counsellors, novelists, psychologist, psychiatrists etc.

Activities to strengthen Self intelligence:

  • Diary keeping
  • Personal goal setting
  • Opportunities to make and explain reasoned choices for example when shopping, choosing a game to play or expressing likes and dislikes

 

THE PRACTICAL SMART CHILD

Practical intelligence is demonstrated by those who learn effectively when using tools. They think about how their learning/skills may be useful to themselves or others and are keen to put this into practice. They want real experiences whenever possible.

At Travis St Lawrence we provide for a Practical Smart child through:

  • Skills Workshop
  • Design and Technology
  • School Trips
  • Baking
  • Problem Solving activities
  • Golden Ticket Reward Scheme
  • School Forum

Characteristics

  • Keen to put their learning into practice
  • Enjoy making things, doing things, teaching others
  • Can understand how their learning is useful
  • Enthusiastic with tools
  • Can apply their practical skills to other situations

Found in: Carpenter, mechanics, locksmiths, chefs, plumbers etc.

Activities to strengthen practical intelligence:

  • Cooking
  • Teaching others
  • Constructing/ repairing safe areas for pets
  • Watching/helping with D.I.Y. at home (SAFELY!)
  • Model making for example using lego, mecchano or other materials