At West Bridgford Junior School, we are committed to creating a learning environment where all pupils thrive and they feel confident that they can succeed. We want to provide the best education for the children of our school and equip them with a love of learning that will remain with them into adulthood. This statement outlines our aim to create effective, lifelong learners. Lifelong learners see the value of learning and view it as an empowering activity where they actively collaborate in the learning process. They take responsibility for their own learning and, with support, seek opportunities to extend their learning.
Creating a Learning Culture
We strive to have a learning culture which recognises each individual’s potential, builds self-esteem and rewards success at every level. We recognise that this is far more conducive to learning than a culture which constantly reinforces failure. We want all our pupils to feel secure and comfortable in their learning environment and to never feel threatened or to have a fear of failure. This ethos is reflected in our school aims and is the product of the partnership that involves learners, all school staff and parents in our school community.
Meeting the needs of the “Whole Learner”
It is our aim that all pupils are part of a secure, happy and supportive community in which they feel valued. Our emotional well-being is closely linked to our ability to learn effectively. We actively encourage our pupils to read and be sensitive to other people’s feelings. We also encourage the development of emotional awareness, self-esteem and accurate self-assessment.
Planning for Learning and Flexible Teaching
We aim to inspire learning through relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning experiences. We know that our pupils learn best when they are interested, suitably challenged and motivated. We are committed to creating an ever evolving, broad and rich curriculum.
Our pupils are aware that they learn better in different environments and conditions and also in different ways. We apply teaching methods that reflect the subject matter being taught, and that match the age and ability of the learners and that account for their learning preferences. We use a balance of teaching styles ranging from whole class didactic teaching to individual exploratory work, through interactive group work or interactive whole class teaching.
We are also aware that learning takes place in fortuitous, as well as planned contexts. It is both an individual and a social activity and we want our learners to be able to debate, discuss and to be involved in some aspects of decision making which involve them having some autonomy and choice. We therefore take our pupil’s views into account to inform our future planning and practice. This could be during lessons where pupils are taught and encouraged to assess their own learning and to be involved in self and peer assessment of work. Pupils are also surveyed on their opinions of their learning. The School Council plays an active role in seeking opinions of pupils and feeding back to teachers.