Curriculum Implementation - Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning at Outwood Academy Hindley focuses on our Five Pillars of Teaching and Learning approach. This approach draws on extensive research into the most effective teaching and learning strategies. We believe that pupils benefit from clear learning intentions (including subjects’ learning journeys). Additionally,  providing students with regular opportunities to recap and recall, ensuring that they receive clear explanations of new information as well as opportunities to practice and apply new knowledge or skills and giving them regular and timely feedback are the cornerstones of all lessons taught at Hindley.  Our teachers centre their planning and delivery around these Five Pillars and we also promote the Five Pillars of Learning to students, encouraging them to be active partners in their learning. Teachers support students’ learning and engagement by clearly signposting lesson activities to promote metacognition and an understanding of how they are learning.

Clarity of Learning Intentions: Teachers share with students what they are learning in their lesson and why they are learning it. Teachers share and review subject learning and topic journeys with their students.
Recap and Recall: Teachers regularly go back over prior learning to make sure students remember key information from previous lessons.
New Information: Teachers introduce and model new learning in lessons  linked to the topic and lesson question shared with students at the start of their lesson. A variety of activities are devised to enable students to develop their new understanding.
Practice: Teachers devise regular opportunities to practise, apply and consolidate their understanding during the lesson; this may be answering an exam question, solving problems, carrying out an experiment, writing an essay or performing a skill in a practical subject.
Feedback: Teachers provide regular, timely feedback both during lessons and through written feedback. Feedback focuses how well students are doing, addresses misconceptions and gives clear guidance on how to develop further. Students are encouraged to engage with all feedback, taking responsibility for their own learning.