Wellbeing is the foundation for all learning.
This informs everything we do – how we talk and listen, how we plan the timetable, how we structure the curriculum and how we design the environment. We aim to cultivate a passion for wellbeing that lasts a lifetime.
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
When a child feels listened to and valued they feel empowered. Safe to explore and articulate their ideas and feelings, self-reflection and self-compassion grow.
- Caring relationships: Everything centres on our intention to care for ourselves, each other and our environment. Staff are trained to actively listen to children’s needs and to model a respectful approach to communication. Through our Learning Mentor and Peer Mediation programmes we can provide a little extra care when needed.
- Daily Circle Time: offers a chance for children to reaffirm their connection with themselves and each other. Children practice mindfulness and work things out together. Children learn that it safe to be open and honest with their teachers and peers and develop empathy, compassion and a capacity for deep thinking.
Children have ownership of their learning. Trusted to explore their own interests and guided to make their own decisions, they retain a deep engagement and satisfaction in the learning process.
- Assessment for learning: Children are involved in assessing their own work. Working alongside their teacher to discover strengths, identify gaps and set goals together they are motivated to experiment and willing to take risks in their learning.
- Avoiding punishment and rewards: An emphasis on collaborative problem-solving means the ‘reward’ is the satisfaction of learning itself. Seeking to understanding the underlying motives behind a behaviour takes the place of punishment and promotes trust.
Our approach to learning promotes an active lifestyle. Children are not confined to their desks. They play outdoors – whatever the weather – and develop a love of fresh air and active play.
- Sports and movement: Children try out a range of sports such as football, hockey, athletics, cross-country, netball and swimming. We prioritise participation in sports – giving all children the choice of whether to take part in inter-school events rather than selecting on ability.
- Healthy food: Good food supports learning and wellbeing. We serve healthy vegetarian lunches three times each week and encourage families to bring in healthy packed lunches and snacks.
With ample time to become absorbed in their observations and lose themselves in the moment children naturally develop a sense of awe and wonder at the world around them.
- Connection: Children learn the joy of reciprocity in human relationships and develop qualities such as compassion and empathy and an openness to the beliefs and ideas of others.
- Belonging: We celebrate together as a community – at any opportunity! – acknowledging and giving thanks to each other and the changing seasons.