As a school we are committed to excellence in the classroom and quality first teaching is our priority and mission. We know children are resilient and we believe that with consistency, routine and high quality input, we know that all of our students will recover from the time lost in the classroom. To ensure high quality and excellence all of our lessons and learning experiences are based on the MORE principles which stand for:
Meeting the needs of all: in every lesson, every child’s needs will be met through excellent planning and responsive provision.
Magenta: The Magenta principles can be reduced down to a simple idea that lessons should be exciting, engaging and effective and if children are to understand new information they need to do something to it or with it. Getting students re-engaged in the learning process is an important way we are helping our students recover from their missed education.
Oracy: Talk is central to learning in our school and language acquisition and developing pupils who are able to articulate their thoughts, ideas and opinions with clarity, accuracy and fluency is a top priority. Talk is taught in an explicit and structured way in lessons.
Reading: We have dedicated reading lessons in y7 to 9 and this is an indication of how committed we are as a school to promoting the value and importance of reading. As a school, in every subject we explicitly teach 6 key reading strategies, use an Active Reading approach and are dedicated to improving tier, 1,2,and 3 vocabulary.
Retention and Recall: Our curriculum and lessons are designed and sequenced to ensure that knowledge is in constant circulation. In order to help our students retain and recall information we use low stakes quizzes, diagnostic questions and activities that are high challenge and low threat in order to really maximise cognitive function and memory.
Enrichment and Entitlement: One of the ways we make our lessons and learning experiences engaging is by enriching the lives of our students, exposing them to rich, diverse and powerful knowledge and by giving them opportunities to do things that they would otherwise never experience. Our commitment to the acquisition of cultural capital is in evidence in every one of our units of work across the school and it is something we believe changes the life chances of our children.
- Google Classroom and Remote Learning
“Provide immediate/high quality remote learning with a full curriculum offer:
We are fortunate enough to be a Google School and the use of chrome books means that we are able to transition from school to home learning with little disruption. If indeed we are expected to work at home, timetables will continue as normal with live lessons delivered via Google Meet and all work will be set on Google Classroom and the Learning Portal. The same principles of MORE will be applied to every remote lesson taught in order to ensure consistency of teaching and learning.