Our lessons are structured, beginning with whole-class exploration and direct teaching, before focused group and individual work, enabling the children to practice the skills that they are learning. Teachers and Learning Assistants work with a different group each lesson, to ensure that all pupils work in a focus group each week with their teacher.
We use a range of learning strategies to support all learners, including making links to previous learning and introducing new content in small steps; using talk partners to share ideas and think out loud; rehearsing worked examples together and practising together before the children are asked to work on their own. We set targets; we monitor and track children’s progress. We use marking and feedback to inform our next lessons, so that we respond to what learners need. Teachers assess children’s attainment individually, in groups and as a whole class. Children’s work is sampled and assessed on a regular basis.
Children have differing abilities. We match learning activities to their ability, ensuring that there is challenge in every lesson, regardless of a child’s ability. We use intervention groups to scaffold learning, provide additional support and repetition and move children on to the next stage of their learning.
We believe that children learn from quality, first-hand experiences. We use our outside learning areas whenever possible and involve school visits, visitors and interactive resources to enrich our teaching.