Teaching and Learning

Quality Learning Experience


On Monday January 4th 2016 at La Houguette School we discussed and decided upon what constitutes a Quality Learning Experience that should be expected within our lessons:

We aspire to ensure that all children make progress and that most make good progress and achieve understanding in their work and will be able to use their learning as a platform for subsequent activities.


Planning enables pupils to make progress. Appropriate resources are prepared and there is clear differentiation to meet the needs of the pupils. A range of learning opportunities are planned that cater for different learning styles. Planning is based on student’s current progress and gives them the opportunity to make further progress. ICT is used to engage and enrich learning.

The Lesson

The lesson starts with an initial activity or ‘focal point’ that provides a link for most learners to previous learning. Most learners engage swiftly with learning because the initial activity is stimulating and meaningful. Learning objectives are clear and key outcomes are shared with learners. They are based very much on learners’ prior learning and current needs.

There should be a good relationship between the teacher and the class which allows effective use of praise, supportive criticism and behaviour management strategies to create a calm working environment. Prompt and appropriate action is taken to address poor behaviour within a respectful and supportive environment.

A range of activities are employed to meet the needs of learners with different abilities and learning styles in order to engage learners and ensure they make progress. Learners are encouraged to work increasingly independently, and interdependently, to apply their knowledge and understanding successfully.

The pace of the lesson is good and adjusted according to the task to ensure learners are challenged and make progress.

As a result of a range of formative and summative assessment procedures learners are provided with feedback, orally and through marking. They know how well they have done and can discuss what they need to do to sustain progress. Marking encourages opportunities for students to reflect and take part in self and peer assessment.


Learners are engaged and involved in effectively reviewing learning and progress and the scene is set for future learning. This may include children identifying their next steps.

Through our learning experiences, we expect our pupils:

To be keen & enthusiastic. They know that their efforts are valued and respond well to the frequent and well-directed praise they receive. They demonstrate good skills of independence, co-operation and problem solving. Learners are involved in answering and asking questions. They respond effectively in whole class, small groups, pairs or independently. Students should feel confident to express their views and to ask questions.