Teaching & Learning
At North Shore Academy, teachers use a variety of teaching and learning styles, structures and routines to have a positive impact upon the student outcomes. We believe that children learn best when there is consistency and continuity in our approach. These teaching and learning expectations and routines are applied in every classroom throughout the Academy. These include:
A friendly welcome at the classroom door with a bell task to maximise learning time
An open door policy and challenging and aspiring learning outcomes which allows for consistently high expectations for all groups of learners
Collaborative learning structures to encourage all learners to participate in the lesson using a variety of techniques.
Time phased learning to give learners a sense of urgency and preparation for future timers used within exams
Regular PIN and PROUD marking that is of high quality, which gives students specific feedback to enable students to reflect and respond
Applause moments and praise to enhance the positive learning environment
Further information of the collaborative learning structures
Students make good and outstanding progress when they work both independently and collaboratively and when they are highly engaged in their learning. Collaborative learning is all about engagement. By adopting a collaborative learning approach in lessons, students are able to demonstrate high levels of engagement as a result of participating in stimulating, co-operative activities, which research has shown boosts academic achievement, promotes higher-order thinking skills and which are both challenging and fun. Within a lesson or series of lessons, collaborative learning activities are meaningful, have a positive impact on students' learning and develops their skills.
All students are expected to have the highest expectations in the way that they present their classwork. This allows the students to take more pride in their work and gives a clear focus each lesson in terms of presentation skills.
Literacy and numeracy focus
Every half term there is a different literacy focus that all departments are to incorporate into their lessons. This will develop student's literacy skills in many areas such as sentence structure, use of vocabulary and general punctuation. Developing these skills are particularly important when many GCSE exams award marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Numeracy focus is being developed so that each half term at least one lesson has numeracy embedded into their lesson so that students are fully aware how subjects overlap.