Teaching and Learning Policy

Aims
We are committed to providing challenging learning experiences for
every child.

To provide learning experiences that are appropriate to the children’s developmental stage and ability
To encourage the development of independent, confident and creative children who are able to apply their knowledge
To raise achievement by establishing and maintaining good practice within a calm and orderly atmosphere
To be consistent across the school in our approach to teaching and learning
The Learning Process
The learning process should be structured to provide opportunities for:-

The acquisition and extension of skills and concepts and the application of those skills in a variety of situations
Widening and increasing pupils knowledge
Pupils to make choices and participate in decisions
Pupils on their own, and together with the teacher, to set targets for further improvement
Listening, questioning and discussing
First hand experience
Investigative work
Developing independence
Growing self esteem
Communicating their findings in a variety of ways
Pupils to work individually and as part of a co-operative group
All pupils to contribute
Visiting places of interest relevant to their work
Teaching Strategies
We believe that the best way to achieve these aims is through a range of teaching strategies

Whole class teaching, where fundamental skills may be introduced.
A variety of pupil grouping – mixed age classes and single age setting
Within each class whole class teaching, group work and individual work are used where and when appropriate
Discussion and collaborative activities are encouraged
Pupils are encouraged to self evaluate and evaluate each others work and outcomes
Assessment
In line with the school’s assessment policy formative assessment is used to guide the progress of individual pupils. It involves identifying each child’s progress in each area of the curriculum, determining what each child has learned and what therefore should be next in his or her learning. Suitable tasks for assessment include:-

Discussion between teacher and pupil
Use of short tests – relevant to a unit of work
Marking and monitoring of class work
Teacher observation of pupils particularly during practical tasks
The Learning Environment
When planning their work teachers are asked to bear in mind the following characteristics:-

Every child should feel valued as an individual and as a member of the group with a unique contribution to make
A stimulating environment should be provided to encourage pupils in the development of their learning attitudes
Children should be encouraged to develop strategies for independent and co-operative learning
Every child is entitled to work in an environment in which they feel safe and learning can take place for all pupils
Every child should develop a respect for the learning environment and recognise the rights and needs of other people.
Monitoring of Teaching and Learning
The quality of teaching and learning throughout the school will be monitored by all the teachers in the school in a variety of ways:-

Classroom observations by pairs and individual members of the SLT
Work sampling by the Headteacher, Key Stage Leaders and
Subject Leaders
Pupil interviews
Link Governor visits