Teaching & Learning

TEACHING & LEARNING

Proud to belong…Proud to achieve

Aspiration – Challenge - Excellence

All students at Woolmer Hill School are entitled to an aspirational curriculum and quality of teaching that challenges and supports individuals to be the best they can be.

Our teaching and learning model is known as ‘Flow Learning’ and was created and developed by teaching and learning teams from across the Weydon Multi-Academy Trust. The model is based on the use of evidence informed best practice and is designed to have maximum impact on student progress and attainment.

The three key elements of a Flow Learning lesson are:

  • Subject passion and pedagogy
  • The power of planning and explanation
  • Responsive teaching

These will be underpinned by a basic foundation of:

  • High expectations and professional relationships
  • Exceptional behaviour for learning and professional relationships

Teaching and learning at Woolmer Hill is supported by a comprehensive culture of continual professional development that supports staff to build expertise in their subject specialism as well as pedagogy.

All teaching staff are members of teaching and learning groups designed to constantly develop elements of our ‘Flow Learning’ model by researching and implementing the latest evidence informed best practice.

 

2020-21 CPD Groups

Curriculum – To ensure effective planning, sequencing and implementation of a knowledge rich curriculum that grows and embeds schema and allows all students to access higher levels of challenge.

Knowledge & Skills – To research, share and embed best practice in terms of explanation and instruction, responsive teaching and retrieval practice.

Vocabulary - To research, share and embed best practice in terms of student comprehension and context of tier 1, 2 and 3 words and develop higher level literacy. 

At Woolmer Hill we use a range of effective learning strategies to support students to develop and retain knowledge and vocabulary that will enrich their experience and empower them to access the next stage of their education, find suitable employment and participate in democratic society.

Students will also develop a range of skills, aptitudes and personal qualities. These will include non-cognitive skills (such as resilience, working with others, acceptance of feedback and kindness), metacognitive skills (such as planning, monitoring and evaluation) and study skills (such as retrieval practice and various revision techniques).