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Woolaston Primary School

Vision and Ethos

Our vision and ethos are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

Woolaston Primary School seeks to develop each child’s potential through a balanced education that instils a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and a firm grasp of social skills and responsibilities.

 

Ethos and Values

 

  • To create a happy and purposeful place of work for both pupils and staff
  • To sustain a secure, supportive and welcoming environment in which pupils, staff, parents and everyone else involved with the school understands their role, feels a valued contributor, identifies with the school and its interests, and takes a pride in the school and its achievements
  • To create an environment in which everyone; feels included, is fairly treated and there are equal opportunities for all
  •  To promote aspiration and achievement through judicious support, praise and encouragement
  • To instil in pupils a care and concern for the environment, for other people, and for the local, national, and global community

 

Support for pupils

 

  • To provide a caring, supportive environment that fosters a sensitive and nurturing approach towards meeting the emotional, social, physical and educational needs of every child;
  • To encourage each child to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • To set high expectations of work and behaviour for every pupil
  • To operate a framework within which each child’s development and progress is carefully and systematically monitored, recorded and reviewed

 

Learning and teaching

 

  • To enable pupils to become independent learners who are confident, motivated, and effective
  • To provide a wide range of stimulating learning experiences appropriate to each pupil’s needs and realistic aspirations
  • Teachers to set high expectations for every pupil; planning stretching work for children whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard, as well as planning appropriately stretching work for those that have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds

 

Curriculum

 

  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum in accordance with national and local guidelines
  • To develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical reasoning in all subjects
  • To develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary across all subjects.

 

At Key Stage 1 we use the DfE programme Letters and Sounds to teach phonics.  We use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme as  our main resource, with additional resources from the Phonic Bugs and Ginn 360 schemes.

 

  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
  • To promote the mental and physical development of pupils
  • To prepare pupils to be ready for secondary school
  • To provide a daily act of collective worship and to teach religious education (according to the locally agreed syllabus)
  • To provide personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
  • To provide exposure to a wider set of experiences beyond their school community e.g. sporting events and competitions, educational visits to theatres, festivals and museums; residential visits and visiting speakers
  • To promote fundamental British values of democracy; the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
  • To teach pupils about the world around them, the facts of poverty and under-development, and about the potential to build a freer and more prosperous world using The Global Learning Programme (GLP)

 

Attainment and Progress

 

  • To achieve and sustain high levels of pupil attainment and progress across a broad spectrum of activity

 

Assessment

 

  • Teachers will use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious
  • Summative and formative assessments, that test and teacher assess pupils’ learning, take place regularly throughout the school year
  • Statutory assessments include the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Baseline, Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, End of Key Stage 1 Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) and the End of Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs)

 

Resources

 

  • To deploy and develop the school’s real and financial resources effectively and efficiently in the best interests of pupils
  • To budget accordingly for the resources required now and in the future

 

Health & Nutrition

 

  • To provide each child with the offer of a healthy nutritious school lunch (currently free to all Key Stage 1 pupils)
  • To provide pupils with access to fresh drinking water in school
  • To provide Key Stage 1 pupils with fruit (that is Government funded) at break time on a daily basis
  • To ensure that each child is provided with knowledge and information about healthy eating and healthy living
  • To promote the physical and mental wellbeing of all pupils

 

Health and Safety

 

  • To sustain a healthy and safe environment that meets all legal requirements
  • To safeguard and protect all children

 

Management, Leadership and Quality Assurance

 

  • To provide effective leadership and to promote teamwork in ways that enable the school to achieve its aims
  • To monitor, appraise and evaluate all aspects of the school’s work on regular  basis
  • To produce and carry through plans for the ongoing development of the school and its work
If you require a paper copy of any of the information on the website, please contact Mrs Admans or Mrs Price in the school office. A link to the ParentPay website can be found in the 'Parents / Useful links' section of the website.
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