Teaching & Learning
How do we make sure your child receives consistently good or better teaching? We do this in four main ways:
- 1. Monitoring the quality of teaching
- 2. The 100% classroom
- 3. The accelerated learning cycle
- 4. The 5Rs
1. Monitoring the quality of teaching
We carefully monitor the quality of teaching in four main ways:
- We drop into classes on a regular basis. Often this will be to track a theme – for example the level of stretch and challenge in top sets.
- We check teacher planning and marking regularly.
2. The 100% classroom
Adopting the phrase ‘This is a 100% classroom’ signals to our students that we want:
- 100% on task
- 100% behaving
- 100% achieving
- 100% succeeding
3. The Accelerated Learning Cycle
Our teachers use the accelerated learning cycle as the framework for planning and delivering their lessons.
The Accelerated Learning Cycle at Wolgarston is based on four key components:
- Connecting the learning
- Activating the learning
- Demonstrating the learning
- Consolidating the learning
This approach believes that the best possible learning takes place when there is:
- A positive environment for learning. People learn best in a positive physical, emotional and social environment. A sense of wholeness, safety, interest and enjoyment is essential for optimising our learning.
- Total learner involvement. People learn best when they are totally and actively involved and take full responsibility for their own learning. Learning is not a spectator sport!
- Collaboration among learners. People generally learn best in an environment of collaboration.
- Variety that appeals to all learning styles. People learn best when they have a variety of learning options that allows them to use all their senses.
- Contextual learning. The best learning comes from doing the work itself in a continual process of ‘real-world’ immersion, feedback, reflection, evaluation and re-immersion.
4. The 5 Rs
In order to become more effective learners our students are encouraged to develop resilience, responsibility, reasoning, resourcefulness and reflection.