How children are taught
Pedagogy is what we call the set of skills that our teachers have developed to help children learn best. For example:
- Modelling: utilising "I-We-You"
- Practice: giving deliberate practice of a modelled skill, or part of skill, aiming for accuracy and fluency
- Display: displaying worked examples as reference for the children, while practising
- Feedback: offering guidance on performance and how to improve - in-lesson, whenever possible
- Challenge: giving additional challenge to high performers
- Access: making adaptations for children who struggle to access the skill at an age-appropriate level
What does learning look like in each subject?
Lessons in each subject will always help children to remember key knowledge and to master the key skills, or to give opportunities to apply or assess previous learning. However, each subject has a ‘flavour’.
Pedagogy for each subject is shaped by the activities that are specific to it, for example:
- map-reading in geography
- observing and measuring in science
- empathising and reflecting in religious education
- competing, moving and performing in physical education.
Children in EYFS and key stage 1 learn phonics, each day. We use the Read Write Inc. approach, sometimes known as Ruth Miskin's phonics. This is a synthetic phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Children bring home resources and books from this scheme, in EYFS and key stage 1, which link directly to what is being taught in class. As they progress, the children then access the library, where they can choose from fiction, which is colour-banded at their reading level, and another choice of non-fiction that sparks their interest.