We value you knowing what we are up to-how we are teaching your children. Parents and carers receive a termly magazine, called Waves, which celebrates pupils' learning. Also, parents receive a monthly newsletter, called ParentWise. On a less regular basis, we issue something called LearnerWise, which summarises recent developments in learning techniques. parents receive termly forecasts that outline the learning their children will experience in the coming term. At the end of the year, there is a school report, illustrated with photographs.
When learning is robustly designed this way, there is a need to pull things together, to take a unified view. Wherever a pupil learns, after all, he is doing so holistically. It makes sense, therefore, for the various therapists at Woodlands to work closely with teachers. in fact, all their plans are learning plans. Multi-agency working is just one way of making this holistic view of learning a reality.
Learning to learn
Capturing and developing the curiosity and fun of learning through exploration and discovery is the essence of good teaching. Building on the foundation of the Nursery, the main school establishes the principles of how to learn. Pupils experience a variety of stimulating topics, taken from the National Curriculum.
They are challenged to focus their attention, to collaborate with their peers, to problem solve and to work as independently as possible. By making the learning activities relevant, practical and stimulating, we give pupils opportunities to make their learning personal and meaningful.
Learning has to have a purpose, otherwise it is meaningless to pupils. At Woodlands, we ensure that pupils learn in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. After all, if you can't put your learning to use, it can't be very useful! So, we plan for pupils to transfer their learning, to use what they have learned-in other words, to give it a purpose. Equally, pupils learn not just on their own but in collaboration with their peers. This makes them ready to face the new challenges of our Further Education department.
Some pupils need additional support to stimulate and develop their learning. The Learning Support Base enables pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, and more complex needs, to receive highly individual attention balanced with opportunities to be included in their age group's activities within the mainstream of the school.