the natural pedagogies

how we learn

What is Pedagogy?

The word ‘pedagogy’ is often used within education. Simply stated, it is the method and practice of teaching. A pedagogy walks alongside us, understanding learner’s needs and interests and providing relevant experiences.

Our Pedagogies at Shere

At Shere School we have identified, and practise, six key pedagogies known throughout the school community as ‘the natural pedagogies’; these are play, games, dialogue, nature, stories, and the arts. These pedagogies have served humanity for thousands of years and are designed to mirror children’s natural ways of learning and to respect individual child development.

Our teachers use these pedagogies to facilitate learning across the curriculum.


The best learning is built on a foundation of child-led, open-ended, extended play. As natural players, children start from a point of intrinsic desire to be involved and motivated in their play.

See how honouring play delivers a more powerful learning experience in our school…


Structured games give us the opportunity to help children develop the knowledge and skills for successful relationships and the resilience to become successful, independent learners and citizens.

Find out how our teachers use games to build the foundations for life…


Children naturally use language to investigate, to explore and to reflect on their own experiences. Our school respects the child’s need to ask questions, to be heard and to have their voice in the conversation. 

How do we harness the power of conversation to deliver learning…


The outdoors is a complete learning environment that caters for all children’s needs – cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, emotional, social and physical. 

Find out more about our commitment to outdoor learning and emersion in nature…


Storytelling in all forms improves language skills, boosts memory, develops creative thinking and imagination and enhances cultural understanding.

Discover more about the way we use story to enable children to access the curriculum…

The Arts

Respecting creativity as a vehicle for all learning enables all children to succeed and thrive and develops holistic and flexible problem solving skills, crucial for the future our children will be part of.

See how we use The Arts to expand children’s skills and thrive…


Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning. Observe carefully what children do, and then, if you understand well, perhaps teaching will be different from before..”

Loris Malaguzzi (Founder of The Reggio Emilia Approach)