Learning comes first at St. Luke’s. Unless we know what good learning looks like, how can we teach? Teaching at St. Luke’s enables children to develop as independent learners. Through a teaching approach, where the teacher and child share joint responsibility for the child’s progress, the children learn how to learn well, how to set appropriate targets, how to review them and how to challenge themselves further. Teaching focuses on children becoming effective learners. Therefore, no matter what the curriculum content, skills or concepts our children are faced with, they make good progress.
The Learning Cycle
Effective learners at St. Luke’s take a lead in their learning and take risks. They aren’t afraid to get things wrong. In fact they recognise this to be an important part of learning new skills and knowledge. They always put themselves in the challenge (Amber) zone. They are open minded about what they might learn, what they might enjoy and what they might be good at.
Key principles in effective teaching reflected at St. Luke’s
Teachers provide a safe environment for learning and:
· differentiate effectively to meet the needs of all children and ensure challenge (the amber zone).
· promote high expectations
· promote creativity in thought and approach
· use a range of questioning
· encourage problem solving
· encourage children to ask questions and follow their own lines of enquiry
· explicitly plan for talk to support learning
· use well timed interventions to help the pupils make good progress
· provide regular feedback to pupils about their progress
· encourage children to extend themselves, take risks and to try again
· consistently teach children strategies to help them remember
· make links with learning in other areas of the curriculum
· encourage children to bring what they know and have experienced to lessons and to develop a range of confident strategies
· develop children’s use of self-assessment to support learning
· make the best use of the contribution of parents, the community and other agencies