A Place for Learning
Learning is at the heart of everything we do
Above all else, Watercliffe Meadow is a place for learning. Learning is at the heart of everything we do. Learning happens not just in lesson time but during social times, at home and through a whole range of other activities. Our curriculum is based on a ‘cross-curricular’ learning approach, which makes meaningful links across different subject areas. We have designed an intelligent creative curriculum that is imaginative, purposeful, original and valuable. It is designed to develop children’s creativity through planned teaching and learning curriculum experiences that are relevant, meaningful, broad and rich so that all children are inspired and motivated to learn. We know that not all children learn in the same way or at the same pace.
Each child is unique. They all have their own strengths, talents and needs, just as adults do. Our aim is to help children to discover the things that they are good at and to support them in the areas that they find more difficult. We often refer to our ‘smart wheel’, which shows that people can be smart in different ways. We use it to show that being a good learner in one area can help you become a better learner in another. Teaching children to recognise their own strengths and raising their confidence as learners and belief in themselves is all part of the process of learning. To be successful in life, children need to have good basic communication, language and literacy and mathematical skills.
All our staff have a broad understanding of child development and we have staff specifically trained in a range of strategies and interventions to support children who have difficulty in developing these basic skills. Our aim is that “Every Child at Watercliffe Meadow is a Reader” and that, when they leave us, they are independent learners who are capable of taking charge and directing their own learning. They will also be competent in the use of technology as a tool for learning. We explicitly teach children about developing good learning behaviours so that they can learn whenever, whatever, wherever.