Our Approach to Teaching

We provide the highest quality education for our students. We have a strong focus on ensuring top-quality teaching and learning and, together with our knowledge-rich curriculum, will provide a first-class education to the children in our community.

We put knowledge at the core of what we do. Students and staff all use the same ten-point list as a guide for their lessons.

  1. The start of the lesson

Our lessons will start with the teacher greeting pupils at the door, checking uniform and asking students key knowledge questions. Pupils enter the room quietly, stand behind their chairs with their equipment and planner on their desks, ready to learn.

  1. Low stakes quizzing

We begin every lesson with a quiz - this helps us to review material and prior learning. The curriculum is our progress model; we know that pupils have made progress when they have learnt, over time, the core knowledge from lessons.  

  1. Effective feedback

Pupil books are checked in line with Feedback and Assessment Policy. When our teachers pick up common misconceptions, they share feedback with the whole class. We encourage pupils to identify where they went wrong. Pupils are given time in lessons to edit and correct work in purple pen, that over time will demonstrate an improved understanding of the concepts taught.

  1. Every second counts (high leverage activities)

We have a knowledge-rich curriculum. Our lessons incorporate the delivery of high leverage activities - this is the best way to help pupils of different abilities to learn core knowledge. Every second counts. We teach to maximise learning in the minutes we have.

  1. Effective routines

We use routines to ensure that pupils are fully engaged, focused and develop their confidence.

  1. Explicit, precise and concise teaching

We know the high frequency errors and pre-empt them. We guide students through each step of the learning process and highlight the stumbling blocks. Children work under direct instruction from our subject experts for the best possible experience. Explicit, precise and concise teaching.

  1. Assessment for learning

Formative assessment occurs throughout the lesson in order to assess understanding and clear-up misconceptions. To do this effectively Assessment for Learning techniques are planned with the goal of maximising participation.

We reward right answers and ask follow-up questions that further build a child's knowledge. 

  1. Presentation of pupil work

Our pupils present their work neatly - with titles and date underlined with a ruler, written work in black pen and diagrams in pencil. 

  1. Review

Our teachers like to evaluate how well their session has been understood. We use countdowns to promote over-learning for long-term retention. Our teachers also use this as a tool to inform their future lesson planning.

  1. End of the lesson

At the end of the lesson, pupils are dismissed one row or column at a time and leave quietly. They then quickly and sensibly proceed to their next lesson.