Teaching & Learning

At Caterham we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the intellectual freedom to be creative, for both our pupils and our teachers. It is our intention to foster in our pupils the application of effort (intellectual, physical and creative) and the ability to think and learn independently. All these attributes will be important when they transfer to the Senior School.

Our aim is to nurture children on their road to discovery. We believe that learning and teaching that is motivating, rewarding and stimulating leads to success

However, we recognise that each pupil learns differently and we strive to increase understanding, to develop the skills to learn and to engender a positive attitude to learning.

At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that all pupils should receive a broad and balanced education in a warm, friendly and stimulating learning environment. We endeavour to foster curiosity, the application of effort, an interest in their work, and the ability to think and learn. Pupils are taught that asking questions, taking risks and making mistakes are integral aspects of developing learning and understanding; and are supported and encouraged with this, with the aim of developing increasingly more mature, independent and reflective learners. Pupils are instilled with understanding the importance of collaborative learning, awareness of others, including global awareness, respect, tolerance and resilience.

Effective Learning.

We believe that all pupils learn best when actively involved in their learning. We know that pupils learn in a variety of different ways and so we recognise the need to provide for a range of learning styles.

These include:

  • Independent play
  • structured play
  • planned role-play
  • whole-class work
  • paired work
  • individual work
  • independent learning
  • collaborative group work
  • asking and answering questions
  • investigation and problem solving
  • research
  • use of ICT
  • fieldwork and visits to places of educational interest
  • using a variety of learning styles- Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic
  • creative activities
  • watching electronically recorded media and responding to musical or recorded material
  • discussions, role-plays and oral presentations
  • designing and making
  • sporting and physical activity.
  • outdoor environment