Teaching and Learning Principles

Core Values and Principles for Learning and Teaching at Woodside School


Ensure every child succeeds:

  • Provide an inclusive education within a culture of support and high expectations
  • Ensure that every child feel valued and secure, regardless of ability
  • Raise aspirations and achievement
  • Involve parents.

Build upon what learners already know:

  • Structure and pace teaching so that pupils know what is to be learnt and how
  • Set clear learning goals, based on clear progression of skills and knowledge
  • Make each learning experience count.

Make learning vivid and real:

  • Develop understanding through enquiry, creativity, use of new technologies as well as and thinking skills
  • Make learning relevant and purposeful for each pupil.

Make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience:

  • Stimulate learning through ensuring teaching techniques and strategies respond to the needs of pupils
  • Make creative use of a range of learning opportunities appropriate to the material to be learned.

Enrich the learning experience:

  • Create an effective environment for learning
  • Infuse learning skills across a broad curriculum
  • Use a variety of learning experiences and the environment
  • Foster curiosity, creativity and imagination.

Promote assessment for learning:

  • Make children active partners in their learning
  • Share learning intentions
  • Encourage reflection and evaluation
  • Give feedback which identifies next steps in learning for improvement.

Develop learning skills and personal qualities:

  • Develop confidence, self-discipline and an understanding of the learning process
  • Create effective, enthusiastic and independent learners.