Teaching and Learning
At The Willow primary School our aim is to enable our pupils to be resilient, resourceful, responsible learners who have the confidence, skills and attitudes to be successful lifelong achievers. We work hard to ensure that the children are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to a consistently high level of pupil achievement and attitude.
 
Our belief
  • Quality learning is a result of high expectations and inspirational teaching.
  • Regular assessment and oral and written feedback is an integral part of teaching and learning.
  • Quality learning is enhanced by a variety of teaching styles and strategies.
  • Children must be involved in their own learning and understand what they need to do to improve.
  • Our children will develop enquiring minds and become increasingly independent learners.
  • Parents and carers have a crucial and constructive role to play in developing their children’s learning.

We offer the children a wide and varied curriculum. Mornings are mainly spent on the core skills of English and Maths with the afternoon sessions focusing on Science, PE, Music and Topic.

To help you understand how we assess children's progress in learning at school, please view this document which explains the methods we use. Assessment at The Willow Primary School
 

Topic incorporates History, Geography and Art. We try to bring learning alive by having topics that appeal to the children’s interests. Our topics include Superheroes (year 1), Dinosaurs (year 2),Ready, Steady, Cook (year 3), War of the Worlds (year 4), Chocolate (year 5) and I’m a Celebrity (year 6).
We have a specialist PE teacher in school who, alongside outside PE providers, teaches PE as part of our provision. Year 6 children are taught to swim at the local swimming pool.
Music in the school is an enjoyable activity and we believe all children should have the experience of creating and sharing music. Singing throughout the school is done on a weekly basis. An outside music specialist provision teaches music across the school as part of the provision. Violin and Guitar tuition is available for year 4 children.

A specialist Higher level Teaching Assistant teaches French on a rolling programme to different year groups and we also employ outside music and art teachers to deliver these specialised aspects of the curriculum.
Specialist weeks occur regularly throughout the year where the children have the opportunity to study a subject in depth for a week. Focus weeks have been held for PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), Anti-Bullying, Book week, DT (Design and Teachnology), and Healthy Schools.

Half termly productions

Every half term, a year group rehearses and performs a musical play which is shared with parents and children. Performances, where possible are linked to topics. Recent performances have included The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff (year 2), Archibald’s War (year 4), Go for Goal (year 6).

Performances give children a chance to develop their musical skills as well speaking out loud to an audience and for children with more creative talents to shine.
 

Homework
All children from year 1 to year 6 receive homework and are expected to complete this as part of their learning experience. The methods used for homework have changed recently (following 100+ families helping wtih the consultation process). Please click here to view the letter explaining more. 
Homework letter January 2017

Inclusion
We are fortunate to have an extensive integration programme with The Brook Special school who share our site. The new Broadwaters Inclusive Learning Community building and site has been designed and built to enable both pupils of The Willow and The Brook to mutually benefit. Small groups of children visit each other’s school, join in some lessons and participate in shared activities and outings. Each class from The Willow is linked with a class from The Brook.
 

 
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