Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Strategies

At Willoughby Road Primary Academy, we aim to provide a wide range of high quality learning experiences which allow children to develop academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We aim to promote the mastery of basic skills and encourage children to foster as real love of learning.

We view learning very much as a partnership between school staff, pupils and their parents. We encourage parents to actively engage in the learning process through supporting homework, family learning and other enrichment activities.

Learning is carefully planned to match the needs of every individual through a topic based approach. This enables children to make connections in their learning and develop a wide range of skills. The curriculum is designed to motivate, enthuse and inspire children whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

We expect children to participate in a wide range of curriculum activities although parents have the right to withdraw children from Religious Education and some aspects of Sex and Relationships Education.

Children are taught in mixed ability classes where we offer a balance of child- initiated and adult led learning, guided group work and appropriate individualised support.

With a keen emphasis on the acquisition of basic English and maths skills, all children participate in a daily English and maths lesson.

We work hard to enhance learning through enrichment opportunities including taking children on visits, residentials and inviting visitors into school.


Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is used to identify the next steps in learning and is used to monitor the progress that children make. Assessment is about informed observation, monitoring of work and effective questioning which enables us to note what your child can do and what they need to do next.

Children are also engaged in self and peer assessment, so that they can explain what they have done well and how they can improve their work even more.

Children are also assessed in line with statutory requirements. An Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of their Reception year and Statutory Assessment Tests are administered at the end of Year 2 & 6. Phonics screening also takes place at the end of Year 1. Other year groups in KS2 are internally assessed termly.

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