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Teaching & Learning

 

Introduction

This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for teaching and learning at Vita et Pax Preparatory School.

RATIONALE

The Teaching & Learning policy sets out the overall atmosphere in which we educate our pupils and how best to facilitate their learning.

For learning to become a distinct focus from teaching, it has to be supported, a learning environment created, common aspects and approaches adopted and the curriculum planned accordingly. Pupils have to be empowered with core learning skills. 

AIM

  • To provide a range of high quality learning experiences for our pupils and to establish an agreed progression of practice in all subjects in order that a broad and balanced curriculum can be delivered.
  • To establish an ethos that purveys the day to day life of the school, providing a purpose for the daily events that occur.

 OBJECTIVE

Pupils

  • to encourage a positive self-image in order to promote effective learning
  • to encourage pupils to appreciate, celebrate, accept and respect each others’ differences
  • to value application, perseverance, initiative and independence of thought and action, as well as co-operative endeavours.
  • to appreciate human achievements, failures and aspirations. 
  • Teachers/Staff
  • to be committed to the school ethos through the Teaching and Learning Policy
  • to be mutually supportive team members
  • to interact with the pupils in a manner, which promotes and develops self-esteem
  • to prepare a yearly overview and termly/half termly and weekly plans at the appropriate time
  • to work in an environment, which encourages professional development
  • to be pro-active in developing relevant professional skills, to enhance pupil’s learning 
  • Curriculum
  • to provide a variety of learning experiences, building on previous experiences, to develop new concepts and skills.
  • to use a variety of appropriate teaching styles to accommodate all learners i.e. V.A.K. [visual, auditory, kinaesthetic]
  • to enable pupils to learn concepts thoroughly through group, whole class, independent, discussion, paired, concrete, abstract, sequential, random, problem-solving, etc.
  • to differentiated work as appropriate, by tasks and/or outcome.
  • to provide opportunities for reflection and evaluation of learning activities.
  • Resources
  • to develop an ethos where everyone, both adults and pupils are responsible for looking after class-based resources and for returning shared resources. [Any losses or breakages must be reported or recorded.]
  • to maintain, review and update resources regularly
  • To train each other in the care, use and location of resources 
  • Classrooms
  • to provide a stimulating, secure and cheerful environment conducive to learning
  • to be well-organised with relevant, accessible resources that are well-maintained
  • to ensure pupils are taught the necessary skills to use the resources appropriately.