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Pupils take on new ‘grab and go’ lessons

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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A SCHOOL has developed new teaching methods designed to fuel further rapid development.

The programme at Smallwood Manor Preparatory School, Marchington, has been created in response to findings about how children learn and is designed to encourage accelerated learning.

Lessons begin with a ‘grab and go’ starter to capture pupils’ interest and imagination, followed by a teaching phase, with interactive technology where appropriate. A learning phase encourages children to ‘learn by doing’, before concluding with a review summarising and testing pupils’ understanding.

Mike Harrison, head teacher, said: “As a teaching staff we have looked at how children learn, specifically how connections are made within a child’s brain and have developed a lesson structure that uses this information to encourage quick pupil progression. We are now working on identifying traits we wish to develop in our children, including curiosity, resilience and co-operation, so we can plan lessons which encourage these characteristics.”

Smallwood Manor, in Marchington, near Uttoxeter, has a nursery which caters for children aged between two and four years, as well as the Pre-Prep and Prep Schools which cater for children between the ages of four and 11.

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