Key Skills

We strive to equip our pupils with key skills which we believe will enable them to become successful adults and weave these skills into the teaching of our curriculum. These key skills are:

  • Social Communication – communicating with peers and adults, working effectively in group situations and making presentations
  • Determination and perseverance – to keep going if the learning is challenging
  • Are you ready? – being prepared for learning
  • Listening
  • Exploring ideas through questioning

We believe that in engaging children in their learning they will have a stronger desire to want to learn and make greater progress as a result. We do this by:

  • Selecting inspiring topics linked to the New National Curriculum
  • Linking subjects together where possible within topics studied
  • Using a variety of different learning styles – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic
  • Teaching and learning in different ways – independently, in pairs, in small groups and as a class
  • Encouraging children to share their own/their group learning with others and presenting their learning in a variety of ways
  • Expecting that children have ownership of their learning and independently use appropriate apparatus and tools to maximise their learning
  • Expecting that children mark their learning and that of their peers against success criteria, enabling them to identify next steps for their learning
  • Expecting effort and high standards in all areas of learning and praising children for enthusiasm and personal progress


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