"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin
The curriculum is enhanced by the use of visiting speakers, outings and workshops and the girls are encouraged to bring relevant items or information from home. In addition we also offer Forest School teaching which develops the independent learning skills which are so important in the world today. The Forest School approach is designed to enhance our curriculum offering deep and unforgettable learning experiences using the outdoor environment.
Middle Preparatory and upwards
The Junior department girls benefit from a Curriculum Enrichment programme, which runs on Tuesday afternoons. Through this they experience half term blocks of subjects aimed to further broaden and enhance the Curriculum. These subjects are often taught by specialist teachers. Areas include; Modern Dance, Food and Design Technology, ICT Projects, Specialist PE Units and Forest Schools, which is an inspirational cross curricular outdoor learning programme.
At Melrose we aim to meet the needs of every individual. In the vast majority of cases this takes place through carefully differentiated work within the class room. However, some girls will require additional support, either due to them having varying learning difficulties, or due to them performing at a level significantly above that of their peers (Highly Able).
We have a Learning Support Department which can offer additional tailored support to help those with specific learning difficulties and those who just need a little extra help to achieve their full potential. We also recognise the most able girls across the curriculum by adding them to our Highly Able register and finding opportunities to present them with stretch and challenge.
Miss Alison Coubrough-Barnett, a dyslexia specialist, is the Head of Learning Support and can be contacted if you feel that your daughter needs additional support during her time with us.
Junior Department Homework
All Junior girls are expected to do homework each day. This encourages organisation and self-discipline. Girls are provided with diaries to record homework details. The amount of homework and time to be taken is at the discretion of the Form teacher. Approximate times are as follows and include time for reading and spellings; Junior Remove up to a maximum of – 30 minutes in total, Form I up to a maximum of – 40 minutes in total, Form II up to a maximum of – 50 minutes in total, Form III up to a maximum of – 60 minutes in total. A quiet environment should be provided at a sensible time. Homework takes precedence over all other activities and parents are required to sign the diary and ensure homework is completed. Reading should be a daily activity. Reading Records should be filled in at least twice a week.
Assessment for Learning (AFL)
The Ladies’ College, Melrose follows ‘Assessment for Learning’ initiative aimed at further improving teaching and learning.
At the start of a lesson the teacher will share the ‘learning intention’ with the girls. This will then be broken down into success criteria i.e. the things the children need to do to achieve the learning intention. We hope this will help the girls to become more active learners with a better understanding of what they are learning and why.
It will also allow teachers to give the girls more focused feedback on their progress. You may hear the girls using the following terminology at home:
WALT - We are learning to and WILF - What I'm looking for
Notes for Preparatory Department parents
Reading at school Each child will learn to read at her own pace. It is not constructive to compare your child’s progress with that of another child. The girls read to their teacher many times during the day – from their written work, instructions, a story and labels as well as from their reading book. All opportunities for reading are of value and should be encouraged.
Reading at home Parents have an important part to play in helping their child become a fluent reader. A regular story at bedtime read by the parents to the child is a wonderful introduction to the written word. Your child will regularly bring home books to share with you. Please help your daughter by
• sitting down comfortably together with time to read
Reading should always be a shared, happy and comfortable experience.