Approaches to learning and expectations
At Edison we aim to produce well rounded children with a sense of community at the end of their time with us. We give the pupils a wide range of experiences which will enthuse and excite them and thus encourage high quality learning. We have high expectations of all. We believe that our curriculum should prepare pupils for life in a fast changing society. We place emphasis on the development of six learning behaviours and teach our pupils to be:
Open and Respectful
Nurturing in approach
These qualities can be developed at home as well as at school, hence we place emphasis on engaging parents/carers to work in partnership with us. Our curriculum is innovative in that we seek to teach key life skills as well as knowledge. The pupils will know which skills they are striving to develop in their learning and assess their progress at the end of session. Personal development and academic development is of equal importance at Edison. To accompany the six learning behaviours we shall be using the Value Based Education approach:
Value Based Education:
Values-based Education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic attainment, and develops students’ social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.
The positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. It quickly liberates teachers and students from the stress of confrontational relationships, which frees up substantial teaching and learning time.
It also provides social capacity to students, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.
We introduce our pupils to values by:
- Introducing the Value of the Month through assemblies and story times.
- Making the value an implicit feature across the whole curriculum
- Having an explicitly focused lesson each week.
- Having central and classed based displays.
- Giving pupils an ethical vocabulary to guide their behaviour and to help them understand the behaviour of others.
- Ensuring pupils understand the meanings of the values.
- Discussing definitions and giving practical examples.
- Recognising and celebrating behaviour that reflects our values.
- Focusing on reflective practices.
- Supporting charities.
- Encouraging pupils to take on appropriate responsibilities.
- Working towards a more sustainable school.
- Ensuring all adults act as role models.
- Asking parents and the community for their support.