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Our Pedagogy

Our Pedagogy


Here at Northdown, our Teaching and Learning model is based around the 'Accelerated Learning Cycle'. The cycle priorities 4 key areas in which our learning is planned around.

These are stages are

- Connect

- Activate

- Demonstrate

- Consolidate


All new learning is built upon what the learner already knows or understands so it is important to connect our learning. Our lessons start with an inspiring and thought-provoking activity, re-capping and embedding from a previous lesson to give our children a sense of the bigger picture.



Children are introduced to new knowledge, information and ideas during this part of a lesson. It is important that children explore these ideas to develop a deep understanding.



This stage gives children the opportunity to 'show what they know' and use the knowledge and ideas they have gained in new ways, from answering a test question or writing a response, to conducting a debate, performing a drama or inventing and building something new.



Ensuring all new ideas and skills are embedded and secured with opportunities to consolidate, recap and enhance the learning that has taken place. This includes making links with other areas of our curriculum.


Other Information

The Accelerated Learning Cycle is underpinned by continuous assessment for learning. Children's understanding is checked before, during and after every activity. This enables teachers and teaching assistants to pick up on any misconceptions as the lesson progresses and re-shape the lesson accordingly.


When planning activities, we try to ensure try to ensure that a range of aspects are included, from collaborative group work, independent learning time and literacy and maths practice, to planned questioning and the use of technology.


We believe in setting the right conditions for learning to take place - both from the perspective of the teachers and the learners. This includes behaviour management and personalised learning through differentiation from the teacher but, just as important, making sure we encourage all students to adopt the right skills of a successful learner, becoming reflective and resilient members of their class who take responsibility for driving their own learning. We do this through our values PRIDE.

   P     R        I       D        E

Positivity     Respect     Integrity     Diversity     Endeavour


We also believe in recognising students' efforts and determination and ensure that praise and reward plays a key role in encouraging students to do their best.