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Cooperative Learning

What is cooperative learning? (Kagan)

Cooperative Learning is an exceptionally successful teaching strategy in which small teams of children work together towards a learning objective. They may be working with partners, small groups or the whole class. Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping teammates learn, thus creating an atmosphere of achievement and cooperation. Children work through the task until all group members successfully understand and complete it.

Why use Kagan cooperative learning?

Delivering our lessons using a Kagan Cooperative structure is a way of easily increasing the amount of time your child spends ‘on task’. Along with this comes all the benefits of facilitating the learning of a class where children are all actively and simultaneously engaged in learning. Structures minimise the opportunity for children to become distracted, by giving them the skills to work with others and to learn independently of the ‘teacher’.

Structures teach children social skills; interaction with other pupils, turn taking, listening to the views of others and sharing information.


One of our structures is to use a rally robin where a pair of pupils list answers or facts or ideas in turn, such as times tables, facts about the Anglo- Saxons and various other topics that the children are studying.


Another method we use is talking partners. We give children time to consider a question, then they are asked to explain their answer to their shoulder partner. They must then listen to their partner's ideas too. The class then feedback to the teacher.

Using cooperative learning structures at St Vincent’s really helps our children to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as learning valuable skills for life.


Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040



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