Within the classroom
At Westerings Primary Academy, we encourage teamwork and a supportive culture. Children change their talk partners weekly to further develop a range of skills, including collaborative learning, teamwork, compassion and leadership. Discussion between children, and between adults and children is used as a learning tool as it encourages skills of explanation, reasoning, reflection and evaluation, ensuring that the children embed what they have learnt. The children are not set in ability groups as we believe that sitting in predetermined ability groups limits the children and what they think they can do, as well as what the teacher expects of them. By eliminating ability groups and using flexible grouping through formative assessment, all children have had those barriers lifted so they are able to access learning and achieve the objective. Within lessons, all pupils are expected to meet the objective through appropriate scaffolding and support where required. Additional extension tasks and challenges are also provided to ensure all abilities achieve and challenge themselves.
Adults use a range of questioning skills and focus on open questions to encourage deeper thinking skills, reasoning and explanation.Teachers adapt their questions throughout the lesson to scaffold the learning process for the children.Learning Support Assistants work with different children and differing abilities throughout the week. The aim is for children to be able to work independently, without over-reliance on an adult. Our learning support assistants also lead a range of interventions to target support children.
Working walls and Interactive Hotboards are used as a learning tool. These are walls that display reminders of methods, vocabulary, good examples and concepts that may help children further their learning. Children use these walls to display their thinking, edit and share their ideas. Learning objectives are set tailored to our progression documents and ensure the skills and knowledge to achieve are embedded through careful consideration of the curriculum.
At Westerings Primary Academy, we strongly believe that adaptive teaching and assessment for learning is key to all pupils achieving. We ensure all children are able to access the learning through appropriate scaffolding and challenge so that children achieve the lesson objectives.
Metacognition and memory strategies are used to ensure not only are lessons taught well, but the children are able to learn more and remember more. When planning, teachers carefully consider the strategies required to ensure the lesson content is acquired and subsequently stored into the children’s long term memory. Signposting and links to prior learning and future learning aid the links between learning and add meaning and value to what is being learnt.