Teaching & Learning Approaches

“My children always look forwards to going to school” parent

At our inclusive school, we strive to maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning by demanding and modelling excellence in all areas of learning, behaviour and relationships.

We aim to create a school where all pupils make progress and believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that children (as well as adults) can learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be rewarding and enjoyable experiences for everyone. Through our teaching we equip children with the knowledge, vocabulary and cultural literacy they need to be successful in their studies and to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. It is our belief that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help pupils to lead happy and rewarding lives.

We make our expectations for effective teaching clear to all our staff and pupils and evaluate the impact of our teaching so that we can continue to improve the quality of teaching.

Our vision is that all pupils will:

  • Be confident, adaptable and resilient
  • Be self-directed learners who take responsibility for their own learning
  • Be active contributors who can work effectively with others
  • Reflect the school's values

We aim:

  • To ensure that pupils are engaged in their learning
  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum
  • To ensure our learning environment celebrates, encourages and supports learning
  • To help spread and share all teaching practice that is of an excellent standard
  • To provide an insight into the review and development of current and future teaching and learning practice, which enables staff and children to remain stimulated and focused

We characterise effective teaching as:

  • Commitment to do ones best
  • Direct of teaching of key concepts/knowledge
  • Warm and caring relationships
  • Strong pedagogical knowledge - knowing how to identify, present and explain key concepts
  • Collaboration - working with year group partners to plan, observe, assess and discuss learning
  • Effective use of carefully planned worked examples and teacher modelling
  • Consistent use of Assessment for Learning strategies to inform teaching and adapt planning
  • Effective feedback and marking
  • Reflection leading to modification of practice
  • Use of self and peer assessment to critique work and make improvements
  • Use of mastery to deepen thinking and understanding
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