Growing together, learning together, achieving together
We want the Upton child to be
We want all children to experience success and enjoy their learning whilst at school. We aim to achieve this through high standards of learning and teaching within a happy, structured and caring environment.
The skills of true thinking (reasoning, creativity, judgement and memorisation) allow individuals to grow intellectually. Our children are given the chance to perform these mental operations at an appropriate level for their development, in accordance with the National Curriculum.
Through a variety of teaching and strategies, we aim to instil children with an enthusiasm for learning and prepare them for future life. Teaching methods, ranging from whole class ‘chalk and talk’ to individual personalised programmes of study are chosen, as appropriate, to meet the task or skill focussed upon.
During the course of the year, the children will encounter a range of teaching methods. They will mainly be taught by their own class teacher, but there will be times when teachers are exchanged enabling us to best use the individual expertise of a large, talented teaching staff.
We have a sequential curriculum where children want to come to school, engage in their learning and feel safe. It gives them knowledge of world events and wherever possible, links learning to the local context of Poole and Dorset, developing a rich vocabulary with a real emphasis on understanding. Above all we want our children to become passionate and independent learners who aren’t afraid to fail.
Our knowledge organisers enable us to identify knowledge, skills, concepts and ideas in a subject so we can clearly build on prior learning in that subject.
Our children are taught in their mixed ability class groupings, with all children studying the same area. However, work is appropriately differentiated (either simplified or extended) to match all ability levels.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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