Helping each other to be the best we can be Our Aims and Values The schools aims are set out below. We always do our best to improve on what we have already achieved and in doing so endeavour to ensure that the rhetoric of these aims is turned into reality. We aim to: Curriculum Provide a good quality curriculum rather than superficial quantity. Manage time to deliver the National curriculum as much as possible whilst still giving time to the hidden curriculum. Work should be challenging and differentiated. Provide some specialist teaching. Provide time for individual needs. Personal and Social Development Respond to the childrens needs. Have realistic expectations of each child. Instil respect for others work. Foster positive relationships between adult/child/child. Develop whole school policy covering behaviour, attitude to work, work environment etc. Prepare the child for the next phase of education. Give importance to self discipline and self organisation. Organisation Carefully plan use of teacher time for teaching, instructing, questioning, explaining, and assessing. Use individual, whole class or group teaching as appropriate. Establish routines and systems in order to give the children security and confidence. Group appropriately for task. Groupings must maintain the childs self esteem. Avoid excessive unmanageable groups. Four children or fewer is a reasonable norm. For some tasks it may be more. Set realistic deadlines for the completion of work. Create an environment where children are given the opportunity to initiate their own tasks, ideas and work. Resources and Environment Aim to make best use of resources and care for them. Plan the use of resources. Aim to make full use of resources to ensure that all of the children receive their curriculum entitlement, to make best use of resources an integrated day can be a useful strategy. The pupil teacher ratio should be kept as low as possible and staff should be distributed evenly throughout the school. We should aim to give continuity and stability to children. This has an implication when considering their organisation and groupings. Whole school development in terms of resourcing, staff development, curriculum, premises and community should always be the aim. Priorities need to be established and achievable targets set. We aim to improve the aesthetic quality of learning environments. We aim to improve behaviour, politeness, and maintain a generally improving caring set of attitudes.