TEACHING and LEARNING OVERVIEW

Curriculum

Bronte seeks to be able to offer in-depth study, allowing pupils to develop skills in investigation and exploration. With the National Curriculum forming the basis for the majority of the programmes of study, teachers deliver lessons that are both active and interactive, ensuring interest and involvement for all. Learning is regularly enhanced outside the classroom through trips out or visitors into school.

Ultimately, each child has their own unique set of skills and talents. Nurturing these is our privilege.

Teaching and Learning

Bronte’s motto, Labor Ipse Voluptas, effectively means Enjoy work for its own sake. Teachers ensure that lessons cater for childrens different learning styles and speeds. Positive relationships with pupils mean that lessons are engaging and small class sizes ensure that each child is treated as an individual, with an emphasis on academic rigour. Many of our subjects are taught by specialists whose in-depth subject knowledge ensures the very best learning experience for our children.

We encourage and support our teachers to use the very latest teaching strategies and styles to fully engage our children. Modern resources, including the Computer Rooms individual Apple iMac computers, provide an ideal platform for deeper learning.

Homework and Marking

Each class has their own homework timetable, shared with parents at the beginning of the academic year. The amount of time spent on homework gradually increases as children move through the School, and every pupil is expected to participate fully in this aspect of their education. Homework can be a valuable tool when reinforcing skills learnt in the classroom and can also be a useful insight for parents into current strategies. All homework is marked and returned promptly so that both children and parents can learn from any mistakes made.

Much of our homework has a traditional feel, with weekly spellings, times tables and daily reading aloud expected in addition to other work set.

When marking childrens work all teachers are mindful of producing clear, concise comments that will help each individual improve. Sometimes this may be achieved throughout the lesson as the teacher works with individuals or small groups, but often much time and attention is giving to ensuring that specific written guidance is given after each lesson. Occasionally the children will self-assess or peer-mark their work – both useful tools in encouraging children to take responsibility for their own
efforts and self-improve, but ultimately it is the class or subject teacher who will ensure each child is working towards their full potential.

Summer School

The summer holidays can be long and hot (hopefully!) but finding good quality childcare can seem impossible. During the summer break we offer Summer Schoolfor approximately 4 weeks where Bronte children can relax and have fun in a safe secure environment with known members of staff. Different activities are available daily and pricing is comparable to local alternatives.

Student Mentoring and Professional Development

Bronte works in close association with Canterbury Christ Church University as an official Partnership School. We provide high quality teaching experiences for students undertaking their teaching qualifications. This has the invaluable spin-off that we are constantly up-to-date with the latest research and educational thinking. Through close liaison with CCCU, Bronte School is able to provide the very best training, support and access to resources for our teachers, thereby materially contributing to educational quality for all our pupils.

As well as student teachers from CCCU, Bronte School mentors and supports the on-going training and development of existing staff. Many of our teaching assistants have undertaken further qualifications or completed degrees with the full support of the school.

Teaching Styles

Throughout the school day, children come into contact with different teachers, each with their own style and pace. We encourage teachers both to be themselves and to use the latest teaching strategies, styles and resources, both IT and more traditional.