At Royds we recognise the importance of consistency across lessons as well as the need to embrace creativity, imagination and put our students at the very centre of everything we do.
To ensure consistency for our students we all deliver our lessons using the key features of lessons at Royds.
Brain In Gear
This engages all students in active learning from the very start of the lesson. It is a short activity that students can complete independently of the teacher. This also provides an opportunity for the teacher to check uniform, monitor behaviour on corridors and establish positive attitudes to learning from the very start of the lesson.
Students need to understand how this lesson fits into a sequence of lessons that consolidates learning and ensures excellent progress over time. They need to understand how this lesson prepares them for exams or links to the wider world. It gives the lesson a context by linking it to prior learning and/or looking ahead to the future.
In order to make progress, students need to acquire, develop, refine certain knowledge and / or skills. The Aim must be clearly identified and be linked to subject specific concepts and processes. The use of the Learning Aim also ensures that all lessons have a clear direction. The Learning Aim will be displayed throughout the lesson and continually referred to by both staff and students. The Learning Aim is the focus of the learning for that lesson and all elements of the lesson will tie into this.
The Success Criteria clearly sets out for students what they will need to do in order to demonstrate their learning and progress towards their Learning Aim. Success Criteria are structured in order to secure appropriate challenge and encourage aspiration for all students. Where appropriate the success criteria are linked to examination grading.
The Key 3
Teachers at Royds also plan all lesson using the Royds Key 3 of challenge, engagement and progress. They consider carefully how they will provide approparite levels of challenge for students throughout the lesson, how they will maintain interest and engagement, and how they will use appropriate assessment strategies to ensure that progress made by students is rapid and sustained.
This also focusses us on the personalisation of learning for each individual student and ensures that we as teachers unlock their potential. It also encourages us to plan creative and imaginative lessons that appeal to the individuals in our care.