In September 2015, the initiative programme “Packtypes” was introduced to support children having a deeper understanding of both themselves and others around them with the aim that all of our children will become more self-aware, reflective and inclusive of others.. Packtypes consist of eight named dogs who all portray different characteristics, strengths and specific learning styles. Each term, the children ‘Packtype themselves’ based on what characteristics they think they portray. Each class’s Packtype Display is then updated to showcase which Packtype Dog each child identifies themselves as.
Implementation - how is Packtypes integrated at Cuddington Croft?
At Cuddington, by intertwining and referencing ‘Packtypes’ into our curriculum daily, as well as having a dedicated ‘Packtype Day’ each term, children further become increasingly more self-aware, reflective and inclusive of others. Packtypes are continually referred to in our teaching and learning to promote the children’s cognitive development, enabling them to make connections with how they can learn most effectively based on their strengths and attributes. As the children complete varied tasks both independently and collaboratively, we scaffold and facilitate the children to think about which specific Packtype Dog would demonstrate certain traits. This is linked to teamwork, organisation and how best they can present their learning. These skills are transferable across the curriculum and develop the children as well-rounded citizens.
As well as thinking about what Packtype they are personally, the children also explore and learn about significant famous and historic people across the world and through further discussions they are encouraged to identify and articulate which Packtype this person may demonstrate as a result of their life experiences. From the significant people identified, the children explore the importance of growth mindset and perseverance in order to achieve their full potential. We would pride ourselves in the children being inspired to take risks and apply these skills to their own lives.
How are Packtypes celebrated?
Each week, we have a new ‘Packtype Of The Week’ where through reviewing the chosen dog’s traits and through both teacher and child-led discussion, children identify and set goals on how they can demonstrate related characteristics in their learning which we also link back to our 6C’s. A child will receive our ‘Packtype Of The Week’ award each week and will be told why they have received the award and what certain behaviours they portrayed that week linking to that specific dog.
How does Packtypes help children?
It helps them recognise that they are talented and worthwhile, regardless of where their talents lie.
It helps them look after their friends and classmates.
It helps them understand their own learning style, and recognise that different people learn in different ways.
It helps them understand how to bring out the best in siblings, classmates and even teachers.
It helps them learn about mutual respect, the power of cooperation and teamwork.
How does Packtypes help teachers?
- It helps them to build stronger relationships with students and parents.
- It helps them to recognise their natural teaching strengths.
- It helps them to adapt to the needs of different children.
- It helps them to work more closely with other teachers.
In a previous Parent Questionnaire, some parents said it would be helpful to have a bit more information about Packtypes. Below, you will find a PDF file explaining what the different Packtypes may look like in children.
Packtypes are introduced from Year 1 onwards. In EYFS, the characteristics of effective learning and behaviour for learning are embedded throughout their curriculum. We feel that they are then able to apply these skills to Packtypes in Year 1.
If you would like to find out more about Packtypes, you can visit the website www.packtypes.com