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
Our school curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum as well as enabling our practionners to shape the curriculum to our pupils' needs.
Teachers at Altmore plan lessons based on the essential core subject knowledge and skills that children need to acquire such as using the correct grammar and punctuation when composing a piece of narrative writing and coding programs in Computing. Children have planned learning opportunities that enable them to make connections between different subjects so that children learn holistically, as well as opportunities to learn in a more discrete way, for example learning scientific knowledge in lessons about the healthy growth of plants.
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.
In order to enable children to achieve fully and become independent learners, we want them to develop:
- the ability to concentrate
- 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).