Ethos and Values
At Alwoodley, our goal is to ‘grow’ a school where everyone is ‘learning’ using cognitive education approaches. Children are encouraged to have a ‘strong’ sense of self and we equip them with the personal development skills needed to succeed. Reading is prioritised throughout a child’s journey with us, to drive their academic progress across the curriculum. We share and celebrate successes ‘together’, as one community, striving towards a common goal of: Learning Together, Growing Stronger.
At Alwoodley Primary, we prioritise helping our pupils discover their unique qualities and how they can use them to make a positive impact on the world. Our 21st - century education goes beyond knowledge acquisition: focussing on developing transferable skills that will aid them beyond school. We instil a set of core 'Habits of Mind' fostering ethical behaviour, good decision-making and community involvement from Nursery to Year 6.
If you would like to read more about the 'Habits of Mind' please click here
We aim to:
Provide equal opportunities for all pupils.
Provide teaching and learning of the highest quality.
Adapt learning to take account of the needs of each individual.
Support pupils’ physical, mental, social, moral, spiritual and cultural needs.
Keep all pupils safe from physical and emotional harm.
Provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum that prepares pupils for modern life.
Enrich pupils’ learning through visits and experiences.
Embrace the community and make parents part of the school's success.
Create a friendly, happy atmosphere where good behaviour is the norm and attitudes to learning are positive.
Achieve the best outcomes for all.
Our aims are tied together with three golden threads that are embedded consistently from Nursery through the Year Six. They are:
Golden thread one - Cognitive Education: Learning how our brain works to become better learners.
Golden thread two - Reading: Fostering a life long love of reading.
Golden thread three - Personal Development: Building knowledge, attitudes, skills, relationships and behaviours that can be used to navigate the world we live in.
Our golden threads should:
- Be visible in each classroom – on displays and learning resources and talked about with pupils.
- Be referred to during lessons.
- Become part of everyday language in school.
- Feature in our planning.
- Be used to reinforce positive learning behaviours with all classes.
- Be used as an important part of pupils’ reflection and review time.
- Be used with individuals to encourage specific behaviours like resilience, challenge and motivation.
For more information, please visit, 'Our Curriculum' under, 'Key Information'.