Building progressively on taught skills
The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.
At Milefield, we provide opportunities for children to personally develop by immersing themselves in another culture as well as providing an equality of opportunity, so that all pupils can thrive together. This is at the heart of our PSCHE curriculum offer. We provide this to the children through developing their understanding of the fundamental British values of: democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance in order to develop responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults in the 21st Century.
A customised curriculum which meets both the academic and pastoral needs of all our pupils is fundamental to our school ethos and vision, particularly PSHCE.
Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching. Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills. Insight is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers. The children consolidate the learning, using these skills within the classroom and in turn become happy, confident learners.
As a school, we believe that reflection time is an important step in pupil learning and progress. We ensure that our pupils are given time to reflect upon their learning. Reflection helps us to recognise what and how we have learned and what we need to focus on in the future. Reflection should be about valuing and encouraging pupil involvement – getting them to share ideas, listen to each other and develop the confidence to join in