Explicit Teaching Model

Why Haileybury

Haileybury students are able to flourish because of the strong teaching and developmental framework we have in place. Innovative teaching methods and a firm focus on academic excellence inspire classroom learning, while a safe and supportive learning environment and strong community ethos help every student build confidence, connection and a strong sense of place.

Our innovative Explicit Teaching Model forms a key part of this approach: it is applied through the Junior School, providing the best possible start for students and helping them engage with and master the core skills of literacy and numeracy, so that they may thrive in all subject areas.


Learning through Explicit Instruction

The explicit instruction approach uses a research-based framework with components that include The Warm Up and ‘I Do, We Do and You Do’.


The Warm Up

This is a 10 to 15-minute prime learning strategy at the beginning of a reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and inquiry lesson. The aim is to move learning from short-term to long-term memory, so students retain what they are learning, while developing their ability to apply and transfer skills and concepts to different contexts.


‘I Do, We Do and You Do’

The post-Warm Up lesson includes a teaching and learning process that gradually moves from the teacher modelling the skill to students independently learning.

Through the I Do stage, teachers clearly model and explain step by step the concept to be covered. We Do incorporates guided practice, with teachers checking individual student understanding, providing immediate feedback and giving support. You Do gives students the opportunity to engage in independent practice at their ability level.

“Haileybury's strong focus on core skills ensures that students have every opportunity to excel academically.”