Introducing the United strategy
The United strategy was designed to support primary age children in practising and developing essential learning skills to enable them to fully access the ‘traditional’ curriculum.
No matter what their academic ability may be, United develops pupils’ abilities to successfully:
- Follow lines of enquiry
- Gather and use information effectively
- Work collaboratively
- Evaluate and reflect
- Be resilient and determined
The United strategy is underpinned by a strong emphasis on teaching and developing critical thinking skills. Pupils are specifically taught scaffold skill objectives and given regular opportunities to practice, develop and embed these skills, which are essential for modern life and the ever-changing world of work. An increasing body of research evidence strongly suggests that the skills most valued in the future workplace will be those that enable independent learning and collaborative working.
What is United?
The strategy is a framework of progressive taught objectives running from EYFS to Year 6. The United objectives link directly to the EYFS three characteristics of effective learning:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
United is made up of five key elements under the acronym UN – I – T – E – D:
Undertaking and Planning an Investigation:
This element seeks to develop children’s investigative skills in identifying questions they will need to answer, generating ideas, drafting action plans and following lines of enquiry.
This element seeks to develop children’s skills in collecting, organising, evaluating and presenting information safely. E-safety forms part of this element, alongside skills in analysing and evaluating primary and secondary sources of evidence.
This element seeks to develop children’s teamwork skills and explores the different roles and social skills within successful teams.
This element seeks to develop children’s skills in evaluating, reflecting and developing next steps.
This element seeks to develop children’s resilience and determination, ensuring they develop a positive and proactive attitude to learning.
To find out more about United, including implementation, assessment and background information, please download the United introduction booklet.
Pilot Testing of United
United is now ready to be used more widely and ASDAN are pleased to be working with the practitioners who developed the framework to support a national pilot of United. We are looking for centres to commit to a whole-school approach, including a process of staff development and support that extends across the first year of using United.