The ethos of our Trust is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for our children, with high aspirations for all.
Our Early Years (3-5 years) teams work closely together, the children’s learning is based on exploration and play, which is tailored to the children’s needs and interests. Early reading, writing, number and phonics is incorporated into their play, developing their fine and gross motor skills too.
Learning for our children in KS1 (5-7 years) and KS2 (7-11 years) follows the National Curriculum. Staff plan “Powerful projects” which have a real purpose. Our Powerful projects have a cross curricular approach, therefore learning is linked and meaningful for example a Rainforest topic, which is geographical will look at Rainforests from a geography perspective, where are they, what is the habitat like, what is the weather like. However, we will also link other subjects into the learning e.g. Science – teaching about the water cycle, flora and fauna and animal habitats; Art – drawing flora and fauna; DT reconstructing tribal houses. This will be complemented with the children reading a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry around the theme too. This style of learning makes our Powerful projects rich and meaningful. Maths is often taught discretely, however if there are links with the topic it is incorporated alongside too.
Sport and Music are strengths within our Trust. Music develops confidence in our children, our choirs and our Rock Band are amazing. PE and healthy life styles are taught regularly and the children have many opportunities to compete at school, local and national level in a variety of sports.
We are passionate about developing the whole child. Our values permeate everything we do – our BIG 5. Compass for Life encourages children to take responsibility for their own learning and actions. Philosophy for Children, develops children’s thinking and questioning skills and Rights Respecting schools, not only encourages children to reflect clearly between wants and needs, but gives a global perspective to their education too.
None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of staff who we invest in heavily: time, encouragement, support and professional development.