Curriculum Statement, Ethos & Values
Curriculum Policy Statement
Our school aims to provide a rich, happy, secure, stimulating and satisfying learning environment for every child. We believe that education is a process of growth and therefore we start from where the child is, and build on and develop the experiences and opportunities he/she has received, to provide a meaningful, coherent and relevant curriculum. We believe the curriculum includes the ‘Early Year’s and National Curriculum’ yet goes beyond them. The whole curriculum should respond to the educational needs of all children, particularly the development of positive attitudes and personal values. It encompasses the following eight areas of learning experiences:
- personal, social and environmental
- expressive and aesthetic
- linguistic and literacy
- physical and recreational
- spiritual, moral and cultural
Through carefully planned and systematic delivery of the curriculum, each child is encouraged to develop to their full potential; to participate fully in every area, to set themselves high standards and challenges and become an independent thinker and learner.
We recognise that each child is unique and therefore each child develops at a different rate, displaying varying degrees of aptitude to aspects of learning. Teachers assess the abilities of each child and plan assignments or tasks which are well matched to the rate of learning. Children with individual educational needs are identified and have appropriate arrangements made for them to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
Our aim is to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls of every race, religious persuasion and aptitude, in all areas of the curriculum. We recognise that our multicultural society is a strength and we will ensure that we have diverse resources from many cultures. We will draw on experiences that pupils, parents and visitors have to enhance project work etc., in terms of their cultures, religions, customs etc., in a positive way. Pupils are positively encouraged to develop non sexist attitudes and expectations about themselves.
We encourage a caring, responsible and tolerant attitude towards others. We aim to make our school an integral part of the community, providing a welcoming and open atmosphere to children, parents, governors and other people interested in the work of the school. We try to equip each child to play a full and active part in the local community and the wider society in which we live.
We believe that parents who are actively committed to their child’s development have high aspirations for their child, become involved in the life of the school and agree and contribute to an acceptable standard of behaviour; this has a positive influence on their child’s learning experiences. We therefore foster the home school partnership.
In order to provide quality education for each child, policies, procedures and modes of teaching and learning are regularly reviewed and evaluated in order to provide:
- a clear framework for the whole curriculum
- effective strategies for assessment
- a curriculum composed of interrelated experiences, embodying knowledge, skill and understanding
- effective liaison with other phases in education which seek to ensure continuity and progression for each child.