Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
At Brook Community Primary school we believe that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all. We maintain that excellent educational experiences at school will help to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need to be able to make informed choices in their future lives.
- We believe in stimulating and developing curiosity through exciting, rich, memorable and meaningful learning experiences. We maintain that encouraging children to notice and question the world around them helps them to develop self- awareness and a sense of place in the world.
- We believe that English Skills are at the heart of the curriculum and are not afraid to immerse children in aspirational language. We use high quality texts during our English lessons to make meaningful links to the wider curriculum.
- We believe that children should become confident, independent leaders of their own learning. Encouraging them to explore their own ideas, skills and understanding and to ask questions, helps to prepare them for a lifetime of learning.
- We believe that high expectations and aspirations for all pupils can promote the motivation to succeed and help every child to realise their potential.
- We believe that children need an understanding of themselves and their place and value in society, in order to develop self- respect, respect for others, and build positive attitudes and relationships with others.
- We believe that establishing learning as part of life both inside and outside of school, will help children to find relevance and meaning for their learning within their own lives.
- We believe in the principles of forest school and that it is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.
- Relationships between children and adults are positive and characterised by mutual respect and trust.
- Independence and autonomy are promoted.
- Curiosity and questioning skills are developed.
- Children take pride in their learning outcomes and those of others.
- Children are motivated to make sustained efforts in all areas of school life, to develop their resilience and to succeed.
- Metacognitive skills are developed so that children understand how they learn best.
- Children are collaborative and co-operative learners.
- Children are ambitious and aspirational.
- Lifelong learning skills are developed.
Teaching and learning opportunities
Our curriculum is designed to ensure children develop their awareness and understanding of themselves as learners and maximise their learning capacity. They develop transferable learning skills to help prepare them for future learning. By building up a coherent picture of what it takes to be a good learner, our children are able to develop their learning character and habits, as well as their appetite and ability to learn in different ways.
Characteristics of Learning are developed in each lesson in the EYFS and this approach continues into Key stage 1 to ensure that the language of learning is embedded within all children.
This continues into KS2 where our children and staff have a ‘growth mindset’ approach to learning. They learn from mistakes and value and welcome specific feedback to improve their own learning.
The curiosity of children is awakened through rich and varied learning opportunities that stimulate and deepen thinking.
Meaningful cross curricular learning opportunities encourage children to make links and to recognise the inter-connectedness of their learning and its relevance to their lives. A themed approach to the delivery of our curriculum will enable this to happen. We use our high quality text from our English learning to make meaningful links across the curriculum.
Enriching learning experiences, including outside and offsite learning, provide children with memorable and fun opportunities to explore and make sense of the world around them.
Effort is celebrated and high expectations are set and shared with each child, to help develop their own aspirations and cultivate a sense of pride in all they do.
Independence is promoted through the use of child-led learning opportunities throughout the school. Children are encouraged to think for themselves, generate their own ideas and solutions and to plan and select own resources.
Pupil voice is promoted, with opportunities for children to actively engage with and help to shape, all aspects of school life.
Collaborative skills are also developed through regular opportunities to work in pairs and small groups in all areas of learning. Talk partners are also used throughout lessons to enable children to verbalise, share and develop their ideas.
Assessment opportunities include self and peer assessment. Children are encouraged to identify their own next step targets and how they will achieve them, as well as recognising when targets have been achieved. Children respond independently to their feedback marking.
We ensure that every child is included in all aspects of learning by :
- Knowing our children and planning appropriately for all groups (Pupil Premium,More Able Disadvantaged, Summer Born, EAL, LAC, More Able, SEN, prior attainment etc). Designing learning activities that are differentiated and/or varied to scaffold and to challenge appropriately.
- Using the Pupil premium funding to enhance and extend the learning, understanding and experiences of pupil premium children.
- Providing a rich and relevant curriculum with a variety of stimulating learning experiences, promoting the use of all senses and allowing children to make meaningful links with the world around them.
- Setting high expectations and using quality personalised interventions to close the gap in progress and standards between groups of pupils, individual pupils and the school/national averages.
- Planning for ‘contingency moments’ which are personalised for each child and designed to move their learning on at that moment. Developing enriching learning experiences to challenge and extend more able children.