Mastering the basics is crucial in education. At Haileybury, providing a strong grounding in literacy and numeracy is vital. This allows our students to thrive in all subjects, which leads to exceptional academic results.
To provide the best possible start, our innovative Explicit Teaching Model ensures that Junior School students engage and master core skills.
All Haileybury Junior School campuses use the explicit instruction approach. This research-based methodology produces exceptional student results. Key components include The Warm Up and ‘I Do, We Do and You Do’.
The Warm Up 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 effectively retain what they are learning, while developing their ability to apply and transfer skills and concepts to different contexts.
The post-Warm Up lesson includes ‘I Do, We Do and You Do’. This is the teaching and learning process that scaffolds learning as it gradually moves from the teacher modelling the skill to students independently learning.
Through the ‘I Do’ section, the teacher clearly models and explains step by step the concept to be covered.
‘We Do’ incorporates guided practice, with the teacher checking individual student understanding, providing immediate feedback and support. Finally, ‘You Do’ sees students engaging in independent practice at their ability level.
Our teachers use the explicit instruction approach to Literacy and Numeracy, supplemented by a thinking and problem-solving approach. All Junior School teachers receive ongoing professional development in this approach.
CEO | Principal Mr Derek Scott believes this ‘back-to-basics’ approach is more important than ever.
“Students who are proficient in Spelling, Reading, Writing Comprehension and Mathematics are better equipped to learn in all subjects and to function successfully in the community,” he says.
“Skills such as communication, teamwork, relationship management, flexibility, resilience, creativity, empathy, sociability, social cultural awareness and social platform skills have always been and remain important in modern education and the workforce.”
Haileybury’s strong focus on core skills ensures that our students excel across the board.