Learning and Teaching


At Darlinghurst we follow our Darlinghurst Direction which encompasses our approach to learning and teaching, so that all children receive a quality education. The curriculum design ensures that the needs of individuals is met through enabling environments and high quality teaching.


At Darlinghurst, we use a variety of questioning and feedback mechanisms to ensure full participation and engagement for all. With known techniques and strategies by children and teachers, a hands up approach is rarely used.

Questioning and Dialogue

  • A balance of teacher and partner talk
  • Talk partners are planned, organised and established
  • Children use turn to your partner to discuss and share
  • Turn to your partner is used to answer the majority of questions

Participation and Engagement

  • All children participate in turn to your partner (TTYP)
  • All children participate in my turn your turn (MTYT)
  • All children respond to feedback mechanisms such as; choral, popcorn and wordwave
  • Children know to raise their hands to ask questions


  • Adults and children respond to silent signals such as; silent stop, transition, handwriting, MTYT, TTYP
  • Independence is encouraged within systems and routines in the classroom such as; self registration, transitioning around the school and by following the 5 B's (brain, buddy, board, book, boss)

Timely Feedback

  • Verbal and written feedback is provided, 'in the moment' and next steps
  • Children review their learning by proofreading, editing and improving their work
  • Children respond to each others work by using book on book
  • Mark meets with a child and adult allows for review, consolidation and development

For more information on Learning and Teaching please visit our policies page

Behaviour and Welfare

Our curriculum design considers the social and economic backgrounds of our families and children, delivering effective provision for pupils' personal development, behaviour and welfare, supporting moral, social and cultural development. We recognise the importance of communication and language, personal, social and emotional and physical development across the academy. We know that positive relationships and a focus on well being hugely benefits our children.

  • Positive learning behaviours and attitudes are modelled and encouraged
  • Positive language, politeness and manners are used around our school
  • The behaviour system is displayed and followed
  • Adults narrate the positive, praising effort and perseverance
  • Children and adults promote and celebrate the school values
  • Everyone knows: Be happy and help to make our school a caring, welcoming place
  • Everyone is aware of the anti bullying policy