Curriculum for Life
Reaching together... stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong - 1 Corinthians 16:13
Reaching Together to achieve our vision:
To provide a caring, Christian ethos for the school, which inspires and excites a shared enthusiasm for life and learning. This means growing in body, mind and spirit in order to flourish and experience the joy and hope of, ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10v10)
Reaching Together to achieve our mission:
Through our strong Christian ethos and focus on twelve important Christian values, we are committed to providing a deeply nourishing, spiritual, ambitious and broad curriculum. Our motto, ‘Reaching together’ underpins our belief in equality of opportunity for all, where we actively endeavour to promote understanding and appreciation of our racially diverse society and give each child a special place in the world where they feel valued, essential to our community and equipped with the necessary skills to make a positive contribution. We perceive our role to be opening a ‘window on the world’, through which our pupils are actively encouraged to care for all God’s creations and to develop respect for the beliefs and cultures which enrich their everyday lives and encourage others to do likewise. We strive to eliminate inequality through our deep Christian ethos of tolerance and understanding of all groups in society, which ensures that everyone at Ivington will be treated fairly despite his or her creed, colour, disability or gender.
We ‘Start children off on the way they should go … ’through inspiring everyone to:
LOVE Jesus and each other, APPRECIATE themselves and the gifts they have been given, ACHIEVE their full potential ...‘so even when they are older they will not turn from it’ - Proverbs 22:
Key Stones, Aims and Christian Values
Stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong - 1 Corinthians 16:13
At Ivington Church of England Primary and Pre-school, we embrace five KEY STONES which enable us to aim towards living out our vision and mission. We aim to develop Practical Wisdom through twelve key Christian Values in both our children and our adults, in order to let our lights shine through our window to the world and ensure human flourishing.
Reaching Together to achieve our aims:
The schools values seek to underpin the Christian belief that we are all God’s people and that we all matter. These values ae at the heart of everything we do and run through our whole ethos, curriculum and school life to ensure pupils leave Ivington Church of England Primary and Pre-School as happy, secure, caring and responsible citizens.
- Foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom; open up horizons of hope and aspiration; promote the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together in community; and, embrace a deep respect and dignity for the equality of everyone.
- Celebrating individualism and uniqueness: Through God’s light, foster both children’s and adult’s uniqueness, leadership and courageous advocacy so that they can shine their light throughout the community.
- Whilst nurturing resilient individuals who are able to cope with life’s joys and disappointments and are able to engage in a lifelong search for meaning and purpose, seek human flourishing and practical wisdom through positive personal character virtues.
- Learning to love through faith: Promote understanding and respect for the Christian faith and for the spiritual, cultural and moral values of others, valuing and celebrating diversity and individuality.
- Provide a safe, happy, inclusive and stimulating environment for learning at the heart of the community, in which everyone is special and all are valued and equal.
- Developing a love of learning: Promote educational and cultural excellence, through academic rigour, innovation, creativity and deep spiritual development.
- Help children develop lively enquiring minds and a love of learning, enabling them to flourish and to find the strength through wisdom to acknowledge their weaknesses and build their resilience so they can fulfil their God given potential.
- Opening a window on the world: Encourage children to take care of all God’s creations. Encourage children to develop tolerance, teamwork and cooperation, and build relationships on mutual respect and self-discipline.
- Community: When you take part and experience belongingness, you are never alone. Romans 12:5 So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all others. Being part of the common good: Work together to challenge, inspire and motivate all our children to become successful, confident and caring global citizens within our diverse world.
Character Virtue Definitions
Flourishing individuals and community
Aims and objectives
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- To enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability
- To promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
- To teach children the skills of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
- To enable children to be innovative, to use ‘thinking’ and problem-solving skills, and to be independent learners
- To develop children’s skills of teamwork and the ability to work in collaboration with others
- To enable children to understand and appreciate the arts, and give them opportunities to develop their own artistic and creative abilities
- To teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time
- To appreciate the natural world and the natural environment and feel a part of this, including Forest Schools
- To help children understand Britain's cultural heritage and understand British Values and what democracy means
- To enable children to appreciate and understand the importance of scientific and technological discoveries and development
- To give children an awareness of and experience of speaking and understanding other languages than English
- To teach children ICT skills and to apply these skills across the curriculum to support their learning and to know how to stay safe online
- To teach children how to live healthy lifestyles – both physically and mentally
- To appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society
- To enable children to be positive citizens, contributing to the society in which they live
- To teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong
- To help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all
- To enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work co-operatively with other