Values and Ethos
The principal aim of the school is:
To work alongside the children and parents to develop high aspirations and excellence in the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed for living in the 21st Century.
The children, staff and governors of our school decided that six learning goals encapsulate the attitudes that we feel will be essential in the 21st century. As the world is changing so fast none of us can predict what exciting challenges our children will face but we felt there are certain qualities which would give them an excellent chance of leading happy, healthy successful lives whatever they encounter.
We follow the National Curriculum but try to follow the children’s interests within this to make the knowledge they acquire as meaningful as possible to them. We teach through practical, real life experiences to enable our pupils make the connection between the concrete world and abstract ideas.
We plan our lessons to give children plenty of time to experience new skills and practise existing ones so they can begin to master what they need. We use enrichment time to help the children learn practical skills like cooking, sewing and adventurous Forest School activities to help build confidence and enjoyment in all areas of learning. We aim to make all the experiences as enjoyable as we can to inspire and engage the children. We strive to provide activities that capture the imagination of every child so that they see the joy and excitement in lifelong learning
Learning Goals and encouraging a Growth Mindset
Our 6 learning goals are central to everything we do in school. The learning goals are: Resilience, Cooperation, Enquiry, Creativity, Excellence and Communication. We are committed to promoting and rewarding children’s learning rather than simply their achievements or ‘work’. This reflects our school motto ‘An Adventure in Learning Together’.
Children are recognised and congratulated throughout the school week when they actively demonstrate one or more of the learning goals. They receive a sticker to represent each learning goal. Children can demonstrate learning goals in a variety of ways: class based learning; home learning; sporting, musical or artistic achievements; competitions and learning challenges and behaviour. Head Teacher’s Awards also recognise children’s efforts towards achieving our school learning goals
- Be able to ask and consider searching questions related to the area of study
- Be able to plan and carry out investigations related to these questions
- Be able to collect reliable evidence from their investigations
- Be able to use the evidence to draw sustainable conclusions
- Be able to relate the conclusions to wider issues
- Be able to stick with a task until it is completed
- Be able to cope with the disappointment they face when they are not successful in their activities
- Be able to try again when they are not successful in their activities
- Be able to make their meaning plain using appropriate verbal and non-verbal forms
- Be able to use a variety of tools and technologies to aid their communication
- Be able to communicate in more than one spoken language
- Be able to communicate in a range of different contexts and with a range of different audiences
- Be able to recognise excellence in themselves and others
- Be able to celebrate excellence in themselves and others
- Be able to give and receive advice about how to improve performance
- Be able to use advice from others and their own learning experiences to aim for excellence in all areas of their lives
- Understand that different people have different roles to play in groups
- Be able to adopt different roles dependent on the needs of the group and on the activity
- Be able to work alongside and in cooperation with others to undertake activities and achieve targets
- Be able to consider and respect alternative points of view
- Be able to reflect on what they have learned and its implications for their own lives and the lives of other people
- Be able to be inventive
- Be able to be imaginative
- Be able to use a variety of tools and techniques to help in their work in all areas
- Be able to identify and consider issues raised in their studies
- Be able to use a range of thinking skills in solving problems
- Be able to draw conclusions and develop their own reasoned point of view
We celebrate children who have demonstrated behaviours linked to the learning goals in our weekly celebration assembly.