Moorside High School

Moorside High School

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A friendly, caring school with a family ethos

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

At Moorside High School, learning is our core purpose, and as such we place a high emphasis on the family ethos and the delivery of a broad and balanced education through high quality teaching and learning strategies.

We are particularly proud of our learning environment. Our new school building provides our pupils with state of the art facilities where pupils are actively encouraged to be independent learners in an environment that stimulates their imagination.

Magenta Principles

Our teaching staff are lucky to have been trained by the highly acclaimed education trainer and author, Mike Hughes. After a whole staff INSET, Mike worked with a Core group of staff in order to develop and embed the Magenta principles.

The school now acts as a link for two other schools in the North West area and Ange Lea (Assistant Head Teacher) meets on a half termly basis with colleagues from the schools to identify and develop further training for colleagues.

Several visits took place during the 2018-2019 autumn term and will continue to develop throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. The staff who took part in the visits found them useful and felt it was good to see what other schools were doing with the Magenta Principles.

To find out more about Mike Hughes and his work in education please go to: http://www.mikehughes-ets.co.uk/

     

Initial Teacher Training 

Here at Moorside High School we value outstanding teaching and learning and this is at the core of everything we do. We are committed to training and coaching our teachers at all stages within their career including developing and encouraging new teachers to the profession. To support teachers who are just starting their careers, we have developed and sustained partnerships with training providers including Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester and the Buile Hill SCITT. We have offered opportunities for trainee teachers this 2018-2019 academic year within a range of subjects  including English, Drama, PE, Science, Design Technology, Maths, Music and Geography. All of our trainee teachers have experienced a wide variety of activities and opportunities such as pupil tracking, safeguarding training, peer observations and a comprehensive CPD package.

For further information about initial teacher training please email one of our in-house professional mentors:

Angela.lea@moorsidehigh.com – Angela Lea, Assistant Head Teacher

Laura.preston@moorsidehigh.com – Laura Preston, Lead Teacher of English

Question of the week

One of the most valuable and stimulating aspects of teaching and learning is the opportunity for ongoing discussion of topics and events relevant to pupils.   

As part of the teaching and learning team we have set up question of the week. This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the amazing and abstract questions we are asked or pose to pupils and cannot always be answered.   

Discussion questions will be posted weekly by faculty as well as by students. The questions posed do not have easy answers, nor is there likely to be a single correct response. The questions will be both provocative and open-ended, often with multiple aspects to be considered. Questions may involve current events relevant to children and families, policy issues, challenges to the field of child development, potential challenges to professionalism, etc.

Students are welcome to share their thoughts: to answer the question, share relevant thoughts and/or experiences, perhaps suggest resources- basically discuss the issue. The discussion will be monitored and facilitated by the students or faculty who posed the question. Contributions are expected to be courteous and respectful in order to maintain the professional nature of the discussion. This can then provide employment opportunities, information, professional support and encouragement and much more. 

EXAMPLE QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

  • If we can’t see air, can fish see water?
  • You are born deaf. What language do you think in?
  • Do you lose body mass after you go to the toilet?
  • How can a chilli burn your mouth if its been in the fridge?
  • Which came first the chicken or the egg?
  • Why are footballers paid more than doctors?
  • Do violent video games cause behaviour problems?
  • Are the school summer holidays too long?
  • How can we solve the problem of litter and plastic pollution?
  • Click here to view some visual questions of the week