Teaching and Learning

Rayleigh Primary School has changed over time from a small village school, with the cows going to pasture past the front gate, to a large modern primary. As a result a result, our classrooms are diverse, quirky places full of memories that fire the imagination. As the school has changed, so our knowledge of Teaching and Learning has changed. Our curriculum is continually evolving in content although the fundamental structure remains the same. We believe English and Mathematics are best taught within a context that gives them purpose. For example, writing scientifically when carrying out a science experiment, writing a news article about the shock of a Viking invasion or learning currency by running a restaurant. Thus our curriculum has English and Mathematics infused throughout.

Overlaying this are our beliefs regarding how children learn. For many these are called Thinking Skills or Learning Styles. A simple way of expressing some of these are Visual, Audial and Kinaesthetic. In other words children learn best if they have the same learning presented for them to see, hear and touch. This multisensory and multidisciplinary approach is the foundation of all our learning. As children grow they can understand more and more abstract information. Although the same principles exist for all children but it is the art of the teacher that ensures children learn in the clearest and most enthusing manner. Therefore our curriculum accepts that there will be key differences between the classrooms of the very youngest and the very oldest.

To help parents understand the curriculum, our Year group meetings set the tone for learning at the start of each year. As the year progresses, we run parent-child learning together sessions for the same reason. If you would like any further information about our curriculum, contact the office who will arrange an appointment with the appropriate teacher or senior leader.

Homework.

Research shows that spending time with your child is the crucial element of homework. Talking to them, explaining what they are learning shows that you care, that you think learning is important. This is the power of homework, not getting everything correct or having the toughest reading book. It is equally important to discuss the pictures in a comic and what they are trying to convey in the reader as sitting with you child working out when a jenga block will fall. That you show that all learning is important and encouraging a sense that finding things difficult but never giving up is normal if a life skill children will rely on again and again.

Research Projects. Here are some examples of Research Projects.

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