Approaches to Teaching & Learning
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Approaches to Teaching & Learning

At Ss Peter and Paul’s we adopt a variety of approaches to teaching and learning. We are developing our use of many of these approaches and have listed some examples below.

Learning across the Curriculum
This allows teachers and pupils to make links between subjects, drawing on a range of themes and topics and helps pupils to see ‘the bigger picture’ and in doing so makes specific learning experiences more meaningful. This is often taught using a topic based approach.

Co-operative and Collaborative Learning
Pupils learn by working together in small groups, taking an active role in their learning. Often learning occurs best when pupils have opportunities to learn with and from each other, and are shown how to do so effectively.

Active Learning
We believe that all areas of the curriculum can be enriched and developed through active learning. Active learning engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations. The main aim of active learning is to enable the pupils to actively engage in their own learning and take responsibility for it rather than be a passive listener whilst the teacher imparts information. Examples of this approach include; Talk Partners - Pupils are provided with information by the teacher. They are then given time to think before discussing their thoughts with a partner, after which their thoughts are shared with the whole class. Also, Brainstorming – Pupils list and share what they already know about a subject.

ICT 
The schools are well resourced with computer hardware and software.  We believe that effective and creative use of ICT, is key to developing some of the necessary skills for learning, life and work needed by young people in today’s world. Alongside the teaching of ICT skills in dedicated lessons, its use enhances learning across all curriculum areas.

Creative
This is a means of thinking in which we look at familiar things with a fresh eye, examine a problem with an open mind about how it might be solved, and use our imagination rather than our knowledge to explore new possibilities rather than established approaches.

Peer Education
The rationale behind peer education is that peers can be a trusted and credible source of information. They share similar experiences and social norms and are therefore better placed to provide relevant, meaningful, explicit and honest information.