In a world where human capacity is challenged daily by the ‘mutually reinforcing harms’ of distraction, manipulation, polarisation, isolation, addiction and fake news within our online worlds, educators should act bravely, correctly and reasonably to help our children develop and secure the strong foundations they need to build bright, and dynamic lives of agency in their world.
We must prioritise quality of attention to the given moment and present purpose: paying attention now, thinking deeply now, acting to make progress and achieve now as individuals and collectively as a community and not in some imagined or virtual future.
Where social media prioritises impulsive, shallow and provocative communication we must prioritise belonging, reasoning, connection, analysis, concentration, critical thinking and rich communication.
Work driven by a dynamic community supporting and encouraging each other in taking the risks necessary to drive new learning, providing honest and compassionate feedback enabling us to improve, make new connections across our learning and extend our capacities.
Children deserve teachers who are curious; curious about who they are, curious about how they think and feel, curious about who they will become and curious about what capacities the children will learn are already within them.
Every child deserves to have a teacher who thinks hard about how best to build on the successes of the day’s learning and how best to address any emerging misconceptions.
Every child deserves to have teachers who, informed by the big ideas within which the children are working, reflect upon the best possible ways to take the next steps for the class, the group and the individual child.
Informed by excellent early years practice, the work of Reggio Emilia and our Philosophy for Children work we believe all our children must experience personal and collective agency in their learning.
We ensure that through the provocation of a carefully curated whole school Big Question the children have opportunity and reason for expression within an ambitious, supportive and challenging learning community.
Our Big Questions invite our children to be open and responsive ensuring that all children experience tangible and purposeful agency in their learning. Where the big question is fresh, continuity and development of concepts is secured as we structure the enquiry across three umbrella themes/questions across the three terms. Please follow the link below.
By the time they are ready to leave us, ''our children are communicating at the furthest extremes of their capacities utilising the connections they have made between concepts, knowledge, vocabulary and skills that they have learned, drawing upon the rich cultural capital they have gained from immersion in the first-hand experience of our curriculum for an ever-changing world, evidencing understanding and concern over subjects that you might not typically expect for children of their age demonstrated through their ‘mastery-pieces.’ across media appropriate to purpose and audience.’’ School Development Plan 2022-2024 Strategic Goal 1