At Nailsworth C of E Primary School, we want all our children to achieve the highest possible standards of education: academically, socially, creatively, emotionally and morally. Our vision statement, “Together, inspired by the challenge,” sums up our philosophy that education should engage ‘the whole child’. We believe this education should prepare each child to participate actively in the school community, local community and wider community, encouraging them to engage with national and global issues.
Our aim is to nurture and encourage children to develop their talents, allowing them to tackle challenges, with careful, targeted support and direction. Our curriculum is underpinned by Christian values and has been designed to be full, rich and deep, offering the children a wide range of experiences both within school and in the locality. The strong links we have built with the Church and our local community allow our pupils to develop and grow.
We are guided by John 10:10 “I have come that you might have life; life in all its fullness.” We want the children within our school to flourish in all areas and relish the experience that we can offer.
We provide a calm, purposeful environment which supports our pupils to become independent, successful learners with a clear desire to achieve. We continually develop innovative, inspirational and creative ways of encouraging children to learn and help them reach their highest potential.
How we implement our approach
The school has developed this approach over a number of years integrating four key aspects of education: living out of Christian values, being a successful learner, being fit and healthy, and being prepared and ready for important transitions such as the move to Secondary school.
These four areas have been developed into a model for supporting the development of successful human beings who are together inspired by the challenge of life.
We have turned the school’s curriculum on its head – our vision informs the way that we teach our curriculum. This important distinction allows us to reflect on our children’s needs and respond accordingly. This approach has been highly successful in English and Mathematics over the past two to three years.
The way this looks for us is:
Our vision statement:
- To build an environment where our children can flourish.
- Provide a balanced, broad and rich curriculum that will engage and motivate all our children.
- To support our children to strive for academic excellence.
- Support our children to be active members of the school, church and local community.
- Encourage and grow spiritual awareness in our children.
- Develop in our children a sense of being part of a global community.
- To work with all stakeholders to ensure that the educational experience at our school is of the highest quality
We present this to the children by talking about becoming a “Successful Human Being”
These are the essential learning objectives for making creations happen (dreams, hopes, plans, ideas etc.):
- Feed the mind
- Strengthen the body
- Copy role models
- Take massive action
- Strengthen the spirit by being grateful and by giving extraordinarily
- A caring, nurturing environment.
- An inspirational child-centred curriculum that offers a wide range of experiences to prepare children for 21stCentury life.
- A commitment to personalised teaching.
- Strong links with our local church and the diocese.
- Opportunities to continually develop reflection and spirituality.
- Teaching and Learning to facilitate engagement in school, local, national and global issues.
The vision of creating successful human beings who together, are inspired by the challenge of life, is central to all that we do. The outcomes for children leaving school are, that they are:
- Great readers, writers and mathematicians
- Creative communicators
- Amazing problem solvers
The context or opportunities are routinely scheduled to provide a focus for learning and growth. We aim to keep these manageable, effectively using the principle of doing less better.
The skills to support the journey are drawn from the National Curriculum and may be taught in a themed or subject specific manner but always out of developing successful human beings.