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Stoke Primary School

Teaching and Learning Policy


Policy last reviewedSeptember 2021
Reviewed byMatthew Ascroft
Agreed by governorsSeptember 2021
Shared with staffSeptember 2021
Frequency of reviewAnnually
Date of next reviewJuly 2022
Head TeacherMatthew Ascroft


Leaders with responsibility for Teaching and Learning Policy

CurriculumVictoria Noone (AHT)
ReadingHolly Haines
WritingJoanne Ward
MathsGary Bennett
Early YearsCarla Lapworth 
SENDCoAnke Brooker (AHT)
Chair of GovernorsMr Bill Gallagher

1 Vision

Believe and Achieve!


The learning systems that are established within this policy place each and every child at the centre of their learning.  By empowering each child with skills, knowledge and learning systems they can significantly impact on their own achievement and seek to be the best they can be.

As teachers, we use detailed and extensive evaluation of pupil attainment and progress to ensure all learning is accessible but challenging for all.


Stoke believes in the skills and strengths of its staff to work with professional responsibility and ambition for each child to be the best they can be.  By utilising the elements of this policy staff will be empowered to make bold decisions as they seek to find the most inspirational learning pathways.


2 Aims and Objectives

This teaching and learning policy places teaching staff as lead practitioners in determining the implementation of key principles to ensure high standards in all teaching and learning to enable all pupils to achieve strong outcomes in a broad and balanced curriculum.

We aim to achieve the following:


  • A high level of English, mathematics and science skill to support deep understanding in all foundation subjects.
  • A curriculum that is rich and provides a wealth of skills to support lifelong learning
  • Resilient and curious minds which seek to learn more each day
  • Pride in achievement and a strong understanding of those achievements.
  • Independent young people who are confident, flexible and able to cooperate with others.
  • Respectful and empathetic citizens of our multi-cultural society
  • Effective links between the school, the child’s home and the community, which promote knowledge, teamwork and high expectation


3 Key Principles of Effective Learning at Stoke Primary


Stoke understands the importance of ensuring our children develop their curricular skills within a framework that supports the development of lifelong learning to enable them the chance to fulfill their dreams.  To facilitate this we have three key aspects of effective learning.


  • Widening Horizons


Stoke Primary School acknowledges that our children have wide ranging experiences that they bring to their learning.  We also understand that many children have had very limited experiences prior to starting at Stoke.


It is integral to our systems that we always seek to ensure we create the widest context and ensure we broaden the understanding for all our children.  This forms a key basis for immersive topic approaches.

This is facilitated by


  • Contextualising learning with experiences
  • Strategic planning of immersive topics
  • Vocabulary rich learning landscape
  • Enabling environments that stimulate interest


Topic planning enables a clear statement of how we ensure we integrate our widening horizons.


  • Characteristics of Effective Learning


Stoke Primary School considers the Characteristics of Effective Learning, as defined in the EYFS, to be key components that lead to lifelong learning.  Stoke Primary School applies a progression of these throughout all year groups as a structure that underpins good learning.  The language and its application develop through school and our children learn to develop these characteristics throughout all their learning.


  • Skill Sequences

A key part of any core subject teaching sequence is 5 Box Planning.  This is a process where teachers define a clear and focused skill progression for each sequence of learning, to ensure children understand both the skill area they are working towards but within a context of progression of steps.

This process supports enhanced learning rates as it provides clear scaffolding for children to engage in their own learning progression.







Skill progression targeting attainment range in class


Next Step goal for highest attaining children


4 Planning and Assessment

We believe that planning and assessment are inextricably linked and are fundamental to effective learning.  Teachers have the responsibility to assimilate core information to ensure that planned learning is tailored to meet the needs of the class and through effective assessment, progress can be clearly defined.  Assessment must be purposeful and useful in supporting further teaching and ensuring learning is moving forwards. 


Teachers plan in year groups and then tailor plans and resources for each class’s attainment needs. Teachers plan using two formats: topic planning, weekly planning.


  • Topic Planning


Stoke Primary School has two approaches to curricular topic planning.


  • Immersive topics seek to combine English and foundation subjects into an immersive and interconnected learning experience.  Each curricular area supports and strengths the others with context and specific learning
  • Discrete topics enable teachers to ensure full coverage of all areas of the curriculum are supported, but in this context the elements do not necessarily link.


Topic planning is the key vehicle to contextualise, systematically develop and apply curricular skills.  The format for planning is designed to ensure that all topics are tailored to the specific learning needs of the cohort.


Immersive topic learning is understood to be an effective way of building secure and robust skills.  Where appropriate, topics should include close links to the English skills being taught. 


Key factors

  • Rationale – why and how is this topic tailored to ensure that it will meet the learning needs of the cohort
  • Data – using data from both core and foundation subject assessments supports the targeting of skills required to ensure that all elements of the topic are developmental for all children
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning – this supports the strategic approach to building learning language within the topic and ensures the topic enables the skills of learning to progress
  • Chronology of the topic.  This enables key milestones to be identified to ensure the topic has pace and expectation of outcomes.


These plans are available on the school website to enable all stakeholders to build an understanding of curricular learning at Stoke.


Topic plans are a central tool for leaders in school to understand ambition in foundation curriculum learning and these are used to support evaluation across school.


  • Weekly Planning


Weekly planning utilises the 5 box sequence for core subjects.  Teachers then build sequences of learning that enable the children to develop the identified target skills. 


Where monitoring of planning identifies it as insufficient for effective learning or has limited impact on pupil progress, support is provided by subject leaders with the use of established formats and guidance.

Whole school systems include

  • English – The WriteStuff
  • Maths – National Curriculum Skills and Ready top Progress Criteria


  • Core Subject Assessment


Assessment grids are used to assess and record attainment in reading, writing and mathematics. The grids contain key developmental skills and enable teachers to measure, track and share children’s attainment.


They are used to record formative and summative assessment and provide the supporting evidence necessary to make age-related judgements on children’s attainment.


Moderation is integral to successful assessment.  Stoke has a moderation culture where all teachers seek the professional opinions of colleagues and external supports when appropriate.


To aid reading and maths assessment structured summative assessments are used

  • NfER tests are used in year 1, 3, 4 and 5
  • SATs papers in years 2 and 6


  • Foundation Subject Assessment


Skills assessment grids are used in all foundation subjects.  These are used by teachers to ensure topic planning is meeting the needs of the children in both coverage and attainment level.  These grids are also used by middle leaders to evaluate strength and quality of subject provision across school.


5 Monitoring

Monitoring of Teaching and Learning provision is an integral part of school evaluation.  This is carried out by all leaders (SLT and Middle Leaders).  These processes seek to celebrate good practice across school and define support systems where guidance and development is required.


6 Policies that support the Teaching and Learning Policy


  • Safeguarding and Inclusion
  • SEND Policy
  • Assessment
  • Homework Policy
  • More Able Pupils
  • Educational Visits Policy