|Berry Pomeroy Parochial C E Primary School|
|Berry Pomeroy, TQ9 6LH, UK Totnes|
+44 (0)1803 863519
STATEMENT OF SCHOOL AIMS AND ETHOS
We aim to help the children to achieve high levels of self reliance, self control,and self confidence. We hope that our School will be accessible and approachable to parents. We aim to provide firm parameters of acceptable behaviour and to provide a clear code of moral guidance. To help us to achieve this, the Governors have written the following Statement of School Ethos: The world will only be changed for the better by people who are prepared to challenge accepted wisdom. As a Christian School we welcome children from all faiths and backgrounds and will encourage them to confront issues by learning self confidence. This approach will require honesty, self discipline, self control and self reliance without being selfish and by using respectful questioning.
We expect every visitor to our School to be made welcome and to be greeted and treated with respect, friendliness and good humour. We will aim to teach good manners and co-operation to develop and foster a caring attitude on the part of the children towards God’s Creation. We feel strongly that the children’s self confidence and self esteem grow when they feel secure enough to venture beyond their previous attainment. Personal achievement comes in many forms; we will ensure that the success of each individual is noted and valued and we will foster an ethos of high expectation within an environment of Christian love.
Children should value learning for its own sake and grow within the structured support of a
consistent and systematically developed cultural education. This will make demands on their thinking and lead to development of feeling, emotion and the life of the spirit.
An atmosphere of gentle vitality should lead to our children feeling confident, safe, loved and cared for. We trust that they will look back on their days at School with great pleasure.
The School is extremely well equipped for work inall curriculum areas including Literacy/Numeracy, with an excellent range of resources for the three National Curriculum core subjects; Mathematics, English and Science. I can certainly emphasise that this small School does not suffer from a shortage ofequipment. In fact our children are surrounded by a wealth of resources. We will continue to make every effort to make sure that this is the case. An important part of our work is to make sure
that resources are easily available to the children, so that they can quickly learn to make their own decisions about appropriate materials for a particular task.
Audio visual materials are plentiful, with stereo cassette recorders, digital cameras and video cameras, colour T.V. and video cassette recorder in each classroom.
We have installed a computer network throughout the School for curriculum use. This network supports 17 computers with additional resources such as scanners, digital cameras, digital videos and a computer microscope. The main block classroom has an interactive whiteboard and we have a data projector and laptop available for use in the small classrooms and the Village Hall.
We have two intakes of Reception children, one starting in September and the other in January. In the term before they start school our new children visit us on Fridays for approximately five weeks. This allows them to get their bearings, become familiar with the School building, meet the staff and make some friends. When the children begin School on a full time basis they are assessed according to what they can and cannot do. This is called the Foundation Stage Profile and is carried out as part of the children’s normal every day activities. The result of this Assessment helps us plan an appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of individual children. We have a Classroom Assistant every morning and afternoon. This extra adult support helps the children settle quickly into school
The curriculum for Reception children is based on the Early Learning Goals. This foundation stage, which precedes the National Curriculum, is about developing key learning skills essential for a child’s subsequent education. Many of these goals are achieved through play, which we value greatly as a means of developing children’s learning.
Our Key Stage 1 Teachers will meet with all new parents towards the end of the Summer Term in order to fully explain the nature ofthe Early Learning Goals and the way that we choose to deliver them.
The Key Stage One and Foundation Stage Co-ordinator is Mrs. Harding.
Our job is to ensure that the School Curriculum is enriching, interesting, balanced, relevant and rigorous. It must satisfy the demands of the National Curriculum and the County Curriculum Statement. It must allow children of widely differing backgrounds, abilities and personalities to make the best possible progress and it must allow for children with Special Educational Needs. We also encourage the development of resource based learning, where the children are taught to use all the resources of the School to support their learning.
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