Teaching and Learning Policy

23rd April 2015

1         Introduction

1.1 At The Wisdom Academy we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; we promote industrious learning methods and focus on speed in many areas of the curriculum. Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives.

2 Aims and objectives

2.1      We recognise that people learn best in different ways. Consequently, at our school we provide a rich and varied learning environment that allows children to develop their skills and abilities to their full potential.

2.2      Through our teaching we aim to:

  • · enable children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners and citizens with an awareness of Islamic values;
  • · foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with other people;
  • · develop children’s self-respect and encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others;
  • · show respect for cultures other than theirs and, in so doing, to promote positive attitudes towards other people;
  • · enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of this community;
  • · help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens who add value to their neighbourhood and country.

3         Effective learning

3.1      We acknowledge that learning is enhanced by the involvement of children , their parents and teachers.

3.2 To this end we offer opportunities for children to learn in different ways. These include:

  • · investigation and problem solving;
  • · research and finding out;
  • · group work;
  • · pair work;
  • · independent work;
  • · whole-class work;
  • · asking and answering questions;
  • · use of the computer;
  • · fieldwork and visits to places of educational interest;
  • · designing and making things;
  • · participation in athletic or physical activity.
  • · Involve parents and helpers
  • · Targetted intervention for EAL and IEP

3.3 We encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning, to be involved as far as possible in reviewing the way they learn, and to reflect on how they learn – what helps them learn and what makes it difficult for them to learn.

4          Effective teaching

4.1 When teaching we focus on motivating the children and building on their skills through internal assessments, knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. We use the school curriculum plan to guide our teaching. This sets out the aims, objectives and values of the school and details what is to be taught to each year group.

4.2      We base our teaching on our knowledge of the children’s level of attainment. Our prime focus is to develop further the knowledge and skills of the children. We strive to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to each child’s level of ability.  We have high expectations of all children, and we believe that their work here at The Wisdom Academy is of the highest possible standard.

4.3 We set academic targets for the children in each academic year. We review the progress of each child in the middle and at the end of the academic year and set revised targets.

4.4 We plan our lessons with clear learning objectives. We take these objectives from the National Curriculum or the National Literacy or Numeracy Strategy. Our lesson plans contain information about the tasks to be set, the resources needed, and the way we assess the children’s work.

4.5 Each of our teachers makes a special effort to establish good working relationships with all children in the class. We treat the children with kindness and respect. We treat them fairly and give them equal opportunity to take part in class activities. All our teachers follow the school policy with regard to discipline and classroom management. We set and agree with children the class code of conduct. We expect all children to comply with these rules that we jointly devise to promote the best learning opportunities for all. We praise children for their efforts and, by so doing, we help to build positive attitudes towards school and learning in general. We insist on good order and behaviour at all times. When children misbehave we follow the guidelines for sanctions as outlined in our school behaviour policy.

4.6 We ensure that all tasks and activities that the children do are safe. When we plan to take children out of school, we first inform parents and obtain their permission.

4.7      We deploy learning assistants as effectively as possible. Sometimes they work with individual children and sometimes they work with small groups.

4.8      Our classrooms are attractive learning environments. We change displays at least once a year, to ensure that the classroom reflects the topics studied by the children. We ensure that all children have the opportunity to display their best work at some time during the year. All classrooms have a range of dictionaries and fiction and non-fiction books, We believe that a stimulating environment sets the climate for learning, and an exciting classroom promotes independent use of resources and high-quality work by the children.

4.9      All our teachers reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and plan their professional development needs accordingly. We do all we can to support our teachers in developing their skills, so that they can continually improve their practice.

4.10    We conduct all our teaching in an atmosphere of trust and respect for all.

5 The Learning Environment 

All areas and resources of the school including the classrooms should be clearly labelled. Children should be made aware of these resource areas at the beginning of each year. The learning environment should be organised to ensure that the children have the opportunity to learn in different ways. These include:

  • investigation and problem solving;
  • research and finding out;
  • group work;
  • pair work;
  • independent work;
  • whole-class work;
  • asking and answering questions;
  • use of the computer;
  • fieldwork and visits to places of educational interest;
  • creative activities;
  • watching television and responding to musical or tape-recorded material;
  • debates, role-plays and oral presentations;
  • designing and making things;
  • Participation in athletic or physical activity.

5.1        Learning takes place in an environment which is: 

  • challenging and stimulating;
  • peaceful and calm
  • happy and organised
  • well resourced and clearly labelled
  • makes learning accessible;
  • encouraging and appreciative
  • welcoming
  • provides equal opportunities
  • provides a working atmosphere

5.2        Routines and Rules 

Routines and rules in the classroom contribute to a healthy learning environment. To be effective they should be:

  • agreed by the children and clearly understood
  • fair and consistent
  • realistic and positive
  • kept to a minimum but enforced
  • daily activities such as morning mental arithmetic with which the children are familiar

All rules should result in children knowing the boundaries of behaviour and should be set within the terms of the Behaviour policy.

5.3        Achievement

  • verbal or written praise by teachers, peers, Head teacher and parents;
  • displays of work;
  • opportunities to perform or share;
  • positive notes;
  • Gold Slips, certificates, prizes

 

6         The role of parents

6.1 We believe that parents have a fundamental role to play in helping children to learn. We do all we can to inform parents about what and how their children are learning by:

  • · holding parents’ evenings to explain their child’s progress in literacy, numeracy and Islamic education;
  • · sending regular reports and verbal feedback to parents to explain the progress made by each child and indicate how the child can improve further;
  • · we send summary curriculum plan sheets to parents every half-term, where we explain what every child will be studying for that half-term.

6.2 We believe that parents have the responsibility to support their children and the school in implementing school policies. We would like parents to:

  • · ensure that their child has the best attendance record possible;
  • · ensure that their child is equipped for school with the correct uniform and PE kit;
  • · do their best to keep their child healthy and fit to attend school;
  • · inform school if there are matters outside of school that are likely to affect a child’s performance or behaviour at school;
  • · promote a positive attitude towards school and learning in general;
  • · fulfil the requirements set out in the home/school agreement.

7         Monitoring and review

7.1      We are aware of the need to review the school teaching and learning policy regularly so that we can take account of new initiatives, changes in the curriculum, developments in technology or changes to the physical environment of the school..

The policy was approved on the 23rd of April 2015

Headteacher  Sakhawat Ali 

NEXT REVIEW: This policy is to be reviewed: April 2016