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We believe that language is the key to learning. We want our pupils to be secure in reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, as we believe these are necessary tools in order to fully access the broader curriculum.
Our curriculum provides lots of opportunities for pupils to develop their language and vocabulary, thus enabling them to articulate their learning, express their thinking and opinions clearly in discussion, debate and presentation, as well as enabling collaboration and exchange of ideas.
We want our pupils to be thoughtful, effective and considerate communicators, learning to take account of context, audience and setting.
As a school that predominantly represents a white British demographic, with little personal experience of other ethnic groups, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages.
We want them to value diversity, understand the roots and importance of cultural heritage and to behave in a respectful and tolerant way towards others, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background. We actively and explicitly promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
We believe that life skills should be taught throughout the curriculum and an understanding of responsible, respectful behaviour is an important aspect of learning. Having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and the importance of seeing things from others’ points of view, we believe, will make a difference to their own choices as they learn more about conflict resolution. We want our pupils to be able to work through their differences, instead of simply ignoring anyone they don’t agree with, whilst realising how important positive relationships are throughout life. We also want them to be able to put into action conflict resolution and modify their own behaviour to help them disagree in a constructive manner.
We are very blessed to have a school set in beautifully wooded grounds and we want our pupils to fully appreciate and benefit from this. We feel they will do this best through a curriculum that employs a more structured approach to developing environmental awareness and appreciation, not just at local, but also national and global levels, that ‘Learning Means the World’ offers. We want our pupils to be much more informed about conservation issues, realising that a ‘throw away’ attitude to resources and seeing everything as disposable has led to many environmental issues. We want them to care passionately about our world and to engage actively as good stewards of God’s world, both now and in the future.