Self-directed learning at OLA

At Our Lady of the Assumption School, our mission statement aims for our students to be  “Respectful, Responsible, Lifelong Learners who live their Faith every day”.  

Within each team and their respective learning programmes, our students are encouraged to direct their own learning  through various forms and activities.  

Opportunities for self-directed learning for our students increase as they progress through the school, culminating in their 2 years in the Hillary Hub.

Self-directed learning in the Batten Team (Years 5-6)


Batten Team students experience their learning through workshops and lessons according to their individual HERO goals.  

Writing and Reading workshops are taught in each class where students work with a teacher and complete relevant activities to consolidate their learning.  

Maths is taught across the team - each week, students are grouped according to their own specific goals and then complete relevant follow-up activities.  This is teaching them to identify their goals and practice skills to achieve these goals.
Interactive Play is also important within the Batten team.  Each Friday, students can choose to play either board games or create their own ‘imaginative activity’ from 11.00-12.30.  Our focus is on developing socialisation and communication skills whilst engaging in play.