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LEARNING AT ALTMORE

When we talk about Learning at our school, we plan for it to take place in the whole school environment, i.e. the ‘indoor and outdoor learning classroom’.

There are a number of ‘key’ factors that we always think about and we want to ensure that:
  • we have a common approach to learning across the whole school
  • we use a range of strategies for teaching that enable all children to make progress
  • we maintain the high quality of learning in our school
  • we provide all staff with a clear indication of our school’s expectations

The Curriculum

Classes have an over-arching topic each term through which all learning is achieved. Teachers plan lessons using the national frameworks (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum). They make connections between subjects, whilst covering all statutory requirements, so that children can explore themes in depth in a more holistic way; e.g. Year 2 children learning about the seaside might visit and study the geography of a coast line, take photographs, design and build sand castles, find out about beach holidays through history, collect and draw shells, write brochures persuading people to visit the seaside, etc.

The Classroom Environment

The ethos of the classroom has a major impact on the quality of learning. In each of our classrooms we have:

  • high expectations of learning and behaviour
  • good relationships
  • effective and positive discipline
  • clear routines
  • good organisation
  • attractive environment that celebrates achievement
  • encourages and celebrates success
  • emphasises the positive
  • promotes independence and enquiry

Adults have a vital role to play in acting as a model for children in all aspects of school life.

Childrens’ Learning

In order to enable children to achieve fully and become independent learners, we want them to develop:

  • confidence
  • motivation
  • enjoyment
  • interest
  • the ability to concentrate
  • perseverance
  • the ability to work independently and cooperatively
  • self esteem

In order for children to develop these attitudes, teachers offer opportunities for them to learn in different ways, these include:

  • investigation and problem solving
  • research and finding out
  • asking and answering questions
  • use of New Technologies
  • creative activities
  • debates, role-play and oral presentations
  • designing and making things

Throughout the day, children engage in whole-class, group, paired and independent work.

Adults play an important role in helping children develop positive attitudes to learning. The ethos of the classroom actively promotes this development. Children at Altmore:

  • learn from direct experience
  • explore in practical ways
  • talk about and share ideas
  • ask and answer questions
  • look for patterns and information

We ensure that all learning opportunities are:

  • purposeful and challenging
  • differentiated and interesting
  • fun, collaborative and interactive
  • teach or practise skills

We regularly have visitors to the school who contribute to children’s learning, these include, authors, artists, drama companies and local members of the community (such as police and fire fighters).