The Principles of Learning and Teaching at Goodleigh C. of E. Primary School

Ensure that every child succeeds by providing an inclusive education with a culture of high expectations.

  • Build on what the child knows by structuring and pace teaching so that the children know what is to be learnt, how and why.
  • To aim to make learning vivid and real by developing understanding through enquiry, creativity, individual and group work.
  • To make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience and stimulate learning through a variety of teaching and learning styles.
  • To enrich the experience by building skills across the curriculum.
  • To promote assessment for learning with the children taking an active part in their assessments.

Our learning and teaching policy is structured according to these principles and encompasses every area of the curriculum.

Phonics and Reading

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One we use Letters and Sounds as a basis for our Phonics teaching.

Our reading books are based around a variety of different schemes and they are levelled according to the Reading Recovery Programme. Alongside these readers we have a selection of phonic based books in the EYFS and Key Stage One.

Children are expected to read every night at home and have this recorded in the Home School Reading Diary.

Ideas for shared reading at home:

  • Do try and read with your child everyday, use a wide variety of books, not just the ‘Reading Book’.
  • Show that you are interested in the books as well.
  • Before reading the book, talk about the cover, let your child look through the book and discuss the pictures. Guess what the story might be about etc. Introduce the key words and characters whilst doing this.
  • Before letting your child read the book, you read the book to them, showing how it should be done.
  • Talk about the book as you read it through, asking your child to guess what might happen next.
  • Your child can now have a go, but not necessarily immediately after you, it might be the next day.
  • If your child is stuck on a word or gets it wrong, ask if it sounds right, does it make sense? Does it look right? Use the context and pictures s clues.
  • Never let your child struggle for long – just tell them the word.
  • Praise and encourage your child when they get it right – never be over critical if they are wrong.
  • After reading the book, ask your child to tell you about the book.

For example

  • What is their favourite part of the book?
  • Which characters did they like best?
  • Was it a sad/happy/funny story?
  • Did they learn anything from the book?

The important thing is that your child makes sense of what they are reading and are understanding the text as a whole.

Key Stage Two reading continues support the pupils to become competent readers by ensuring access to high quality texts at a range of levels. 

Click here for a link to the National Curriculum. 

We provide a wealth of acitivities and experiences which encourage our children to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • We play lots of sports: football, netball, gymnastics, rounders, swimming, cricket, volleyball, hockey and tennis.
  • We use specialist sports coaches.
  • Our Forest School programme allows the children to use the outdoor environment as a classroom.
  • Gardening club grows vegetables which are eaten by the children.
  • Our talented school cook uses locally sourced produce whenever possible.

Our school is a safe haven for our children where they can make mistakes and learn from them.

  • Our older children are play leaders, helping us to look after our youngest children.
  • Through PHSE our children are given opportunities to develop their understanding of safety issues.
  • We have effective safeguarding arrangements for children.

Whilst working hard and achieving their very best in everything they do, we want our children to have fun and enjoy every minute of every day.

  • We have skilled teachers and teaching assistants who are highly motivated and work tirelessly to provide the best for every child.
  • We have an innovative and creative curriculum that is exciting, relevant and inspiring.
  • We have access to expert support from a wide range of professionals.
  • ICT is used across the curriculum to support learning. We use the latest technology - our iPads are a valuable learning tool.
  • Children are challenged to extend themselves every day.
  • We are committed to personalised learning for our children.
  • We assess children regularly and make sure they and their parents know how they are getting on.

We want our children to care for people, communities and their world.

  • We have a Forest School.
  • Our children enjoy performing to parents and the wider community.
  • We raise lots of money for charities.
  • We have strong links with the local community and contribute to village events.
  • We are committed to caring for the world beyond Goodleigh and establishing links whenever possible.

We want our children to be equipped with life skills.

  • We encourange our children to understand and become aware of economic issues across the world.
  • We have a meaningful curriculum which exploits cross-curricular themes.
  • We teach English and mathematics rigorously, every day, making sure that every child is well prepared for secondary school.