Teaching and Learning

At Elmridge Primary School the staff makes a special effort to establish effective working relationships with all pupils.  This helps to build a positive attitude toward school-life and learning for both pupils and staff.  Through the school’s creative curriculum the pupils are given the opportunity to share their ideas and influence the investigative themes and topics their class teacher will teach.  By consulting the pupils in this way the teaching staff ensures both the teaching and learning process is interesting, inspiring and stimulating.  As a result the pupils respond enthusiastically.

We understand that different people learn best in a variety of different ways. At our school we provide a rich and varied learning environment that allows pupils to develop their skills and abilities to their full potential.

Through our teaching we aim to:

  • provide a range activities to suit different learning styles
  • ensure all pupils make exceptional progress
  • inspire all pupils
  • provide a staff with excellent subject knowledge
  • challenge all pupils
  • deploy funds to provide up to date resources
  • provide targeted inclusive support
  • plan effectively
  • provide high quality dialogue between teacher and pupil through a range of strategies
  • demonstrate flexibility in order to anticipate where intervention and challenge may be needed

We acknowledge that people learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow pupils to learn in ways that best suit them.  Learners favoured learning styles – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, are identified on cohort profiles.  The psychologist Howard Gardner takes VAK even further and identifies seven main areas of intelligence: linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, kinaesthetic, musical, interpersonal/group working, and interpersonal/reflective. We take into account these different forms of intelligence when planning teaching these different styles of learning.

We offer opportunities for our pupils to learn in different ways. These include:

  • investigation and problem solving
  • research and finding out
  • group work
  • pair/peer work
  • independent work
  • whole-class work
  • asking and answering questions
  • use of ICT across the curriculum
  • fieldwork and visits to places of educational interest
  • creative activities
  • watching television/video footage and responding to musical or tape-recorded material
  • debates, role-plays and oral presentations
  • designing and making things
  • participation in physical activity

We encourage the pupils to be independent and 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.