Making Learning Real and Relevant
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the future lives of all of our children. It is stimulating, vibrant and active, requiring our children to participate in their learning – no empty vessels to be filled here! Our children learn far more than the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, but more importantly we develop and nurture a love of learning so that the children are motivated and excited to find out more. Our small class sizes mean that if a child is experiencing difficulties, it does not go unnoticed – we just find another way to work with that child to overcome the problem.
At St George’s, tried and trusted traditional methods of teaching sit alongside the latest developments in IT. This means that we place emphasis on the basics - children are required to learn tables and spellings and (yes!) we do have tests and exams in Key Stage Two – tests are important for us to ascertain what a child knows/has retained and how to help the individual to progress to the next level. Equally, we know that some children have talents which lie in other areas – sports, music, the arts, etc – these children are encouraged to develop their talents and shine in their particular sphere.
The most crucial ingredient to a child succeeding and achieving in future life is their self perception. If a child has confidence and self esteem, if they feel they belong and are supported (even when they fail), if they are resilient and motivated, then a child will succeed. Our curriculum takes into account EQ (emotional aspects relating to learning). We all know a child who may appear to be a square peg in a round hole – not at St George’s – we find the best way for that individual to progress - a happy child learns better!
‘I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.’ - Chinese Proverb
In order to cement children’s learning and thus build solid foundations for later life, children actively participate in their learning. We bring lessons to life – making the process memorable! So, don’t be surprised if you see children re-enacting the Viking invasion in our woodland or using equipment to reconstruct Egyptian methods of watering fields – we call this ‘active learning.’ Visits to places of interest help children to reinforce their understanding and relate it to what has been learned at school.
Although we have a timetable for lessons, we have additional flexibility. We can therefore allow children to become engrossed in their work –developing concentration and interest.