The DGS Half Dozen

DGS

This is our statement of intent to provide high quality learning experiences for all our students every lesson, every day. Lessons at Didcot Girls’ School embody our core values of respectful relationships, high expectations and including everyone.

Passion

As teachers we are expert in our subject areas and passionate about learning. We seek to inspire our students and as a result they demonstrate enthusiasm for learning. We believe that talent and ability are not fixed and that all students can achieve.

Purpose

All lessons have clearly communicated objectives and differentiated success criteria, and students understand how their learning fits into the big picture both of the curriculum and their lives. Wherever possible, students have a real audience for their work.

Pitch

Learning is planned to challenge all learners appropriately. This includes using a variety of approaches so that students can learn in different ways. Where a menu of choices is offered students choose appropriately, challenge themselves and take risks in their learning demonstrating their growth mindset.

Pace

Learning proceeds at an appropriate pace. Transitions between activities are swift and effective, lesson routines are slick and there is no low level disruption. Maximum use is made of every minute of lesson time. 

Progress

All students make progress which is good or better and aim towards challenging targets. Teachers use a range of techniques to assess students’ understanding, especially high quality questioning throughout the lesson to pick up on misconceptions and drive the learning forward. Students understand the next steps they need to make in their learning and are able to reflect on the progress which they have made. Written feedback is specific and students consistently act on their teachers’ feedback to make progress.

Participation

Students are fully engaged with their learning and take responsibility for their own progress. Lessons have explicit planned opportunities to develop skills of resilience, independence and team work.  Students work hard and are not afraid to make mistakes.

PS - Skills

The teaching of literacy is embedded into every lesson and emphasis is given to subject specific terminology and the accuracy of written work. Students present and discuss confidently using Standard English. Teachers take every opportunity to promote and develop numeracy skills.

@DidcotGirls12:27 PM - 20th June, 2018 Our amazing Maths department hard at work developing resources. Read more
@DidcotGirls11:32 PM - 19th June, 2018 This is beautiful! We are looking for STEAM art to display in the huge foyer of the Science block If you think you could help, please contact me... Read more
@DidcotGirls10:07 PM - 19th June, 2018 We were delighted to welcome some of the girls who will be joining us in September to today. Exciting times ahead, girls! Make sure you enjoy every minute of it. Read more
@DidcotGirls10:01 PM - 19th June, 2018 Looking at bringing the iDEA award into ! Looks great to ensure students are equipped with a wide range of digital skills! 💻 🖥 Read more
@DidcotGirls11:11 AM - 19th June, 2018 The newspaper tower challenge is well under way on our Rising Y7 Visit Day! Read more
@DidcotGirls10:44 AM - 19th June, 2018 Some of our Rising Y7 students are getting to know each other, with help from our Y8 Transition Mentors. Read more
@DidcotGirls07:41 PM - 18th June, 2018 : QUANDARY (noun) - a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation. students, can you use this word in your lessons this week?
@DidcotGirls07:41 PM - 18th June, 2018 Year 9’s are busy rehearsing for our workshop at one of our local primary schools this Friday! Read more
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