Curriculum and Ethos

Philosophy

We believe that all children have an entitlement to a broad, balanced, challenging and appropriate curriculum. (See the curriculum for the whole year here.)

We believe that all staff have a responsibility, collectively and individually, to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and to meet the needs of all pupils.

We believe that it is important to promote activities that will allow the learner to solve problems, explore concepts and to develop language as a means of learning and as a tool for thinking.

We believe that children learn best when they:

  • are happy
  • are interested and motivated
  • achieve success and gain approval
  • are given tasks which match their ability
  • clearly understand the task
  • are confident, feel secure and are aware of boundaries
  • are challenged and stimulated

Aims

To provide a framework for teaching and learning within which there is a coherent approach and consistent expectations

To enable pupils to become lifelong learners

Objectives

To foster children’s self esteem and to help them build positive relationships with adults and peers

To support children in becoming confident, independent and enquiring learners

To raise attainment through pupils’ increased participation and motivation in learning

To promote an understanding of how learning takes place

To promote the sharing of good practice

To make explicit the monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning

Public Sector Equality Duty Statement

Public bodies such as schools have a duty, under the 2010 Equality Act, to ensure they promote equality within their organisation and this statement sets out how we endeavour to achieve this at Keep Hatch Primary School. We consider this to be not just a legal duty but a moral duty. We have a belief in the right of every single person to be treated with equal dignity and with compassion alongside equal legal protection. This is fundamental to the ethos which underpins everything we do in our school.

The Equality Act makes explicit our responsibility to have due regard to the need to:

·         Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Act

·         Advance the equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not

·         Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not.

In this respect, a protected characteristic could be any one of a multitude of factors that are shared by particular groups of people, but will include characteristics such as race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment.

Central to a commitment to fulfil this responsibility is a recognition that all groups with protected characteristics fall within the compass of the human race as a whole, and who by definition therefore have equal status and equal rights. We also seek to recognise that the way in which we treat people is linked to the way we treat the environment in which we live, and the other species who share the planet with us. We do not see compassion and consideration as finite resources, and the equal treatment of people can and should serve as an exemplar of our commitment to, and responsibility for, the wider world. As a school, we are in the privileged position of supporting equality in our current practices, whilst also helping children to develop and embed the principles of equality and responsibility that will best promote this in the longer term.

Further information can be found in our Keep Hatch Primary School Equal Opportunities Policy.