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What is the Middle Phase of Learning?
During the Middle Phase of Learning, students begin to investigate the larger world beyond home and school and want to develop as autonomous learners. At Ardtornish we run a program that directly addresses this need. Download our Middle Years Booklet
Students in the Middle Phase of Learning have distinctive and diverse needs which stem from the very significant developmental changes in this period, as well as from a broad range of individual students' life circumstances, interests, skills and talents.
The Middle Phase of Learning typically occurs across Years 5-9 and falls into two distinct stages:
The first stage involves the transition from the early foundational years. Students need to consolidate the foundations of literacy and numeracy that they gained in the early phase of learning and develop more sophisticated skills to enable further learning in each subject area. For many students this is a time of expanding curiosity and eager exploration of a broader and deeper range of learning experiences. For others, the challenges are daunting, their interest wanes and progress slows.
The second stage is characterised by the demands of the intense physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of early adolescence. There is considerable diversity in how and when students move through this stage and in the impact on their attitude to and success in learning. Increasing literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge are the essential ingredients for learning in every subject and for effective communication and participation in adult life. It is essential to maintain students' interest and motivation and provide opportunities for them to "catch up" and make fresh starts when progress slows if they are to be ready for the senior phase of learning.