Teaching and Learning at our school is based on the fundamental principles of SMSC. Every aspect of our curriculum intertwines a child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through carefully crafted learning opportunities. We teach to captivate and motivate our children so that they feel ready to embrace challenges and thrive in their own and others’ success. Our approach is based on each child taking ownership of their learning and feeling empowered to make their own choices in how they tackle their learning. Learning opportunities are based around mixed ability pairs/groups whereby children support and extend themselves and others. In addition we encourage all our children to self select their own resources so that they can access their learning in a way that is meaningful to them. At our school we embrace the approaches of Mathematics Mastery and we are proud to say we are one of their partnership schools. Mathematics Mastery is a whole school approach which is based on solving problems, building life skills and a growth mindset. We apply these approaches to all aspects of teaching and learning and our school ethos so that all our children are resilient and confident learners.
Learning is based around depth and breadth of the curriculum to ensure that children have firm foundations in their conceptual understanding. Where possible learning is cross-curricular to ensure it is purposeful and meaningful. In both EYFS and KS1 we follow the children’s interests and ideas so that they feel that they are able to shape their own learning experiences. Adults facilitate learning in a skilled way that enables all our children to feel their ideas are valued and shared with all. Our curriculum is broad and balanced with all subjects having equal importance. We also provide regular parental workshops to ensure our parents understand our strategies and approaches to teaching.