How Children Learn at Great Easton
It is well known that pupils learn best in a stimulating environment where active learning can take place. They learn through first hand experience, when they are motivated and challenged and when their curiosity is engaged. Visits to places of interest or visitors invited to school therefore provide an added stimulus to learning. At Great Easton we recognise this and aim to develop an enthusiasm for learning by making it relevant, appropriate and exciting. Naturally, we cannot do this without the help of our parents. Therefore parents receive a termly curriculum share letter to explain what the class will learn and how parents can help.
Learning takes place through a variety of teaching approaches that may focus on whole school, class, group or individually based support. We recognise that some children learn best by listening (auditory learners), others through seeing (visual learners) and others through more practical activities (kinaesthetic learners). Teachers plan their work to take account of these different styles so that all learners can progress. Pupils’ achievements are strongly valued and there are high expectations in all areas.
The School Curriculum
At Great Easton we teach a skills based curriculum. Each term or half term, children are taught key skills based around one topic. In this way, many, if not all subjects relate to one theme and children are able to see the connections between different areas of study. Class visits are also regularly used to support this theme.
Reception pupils have an entitlement to an exciting and creative programme, based around the six areas of learning, outlined in the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Learning is approached through practical, first hand experiences, that encourage the children to become both enthusiastic and independent. Play is highly valued and central to our ethos. Children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals and parents are regularly consulted and updated.