At Edison our core purpose is to build on children’s curiosity, knowledge, confidence, enthusiasm and all-round abilities towards independent learning. We endeavour to help each individual child in their journey to grow into active, responsible and successful young adults who are able to make the choices necessary to shape their own future. We are an open, welcoming school where efforts are valued, ambition is nurtured and where the potential of every child is realised.
Furthermore, at Edison we will develop citizens who have a strong sense of right and wrong, in an age when the media brings the world to their homes. We challenge pupils to think for themselves.
Our core principles:
- High expectations and challenge for all pupils
- Visible Science and Practical learning
- Broad curriculum, achievable due to increased length of school day
- Strong parent partnership
- Learning outside the classroom
High expectations and challenge for all pupils
Our pupils will make outstanding progress during their time at Edison, both academically and socially. The norm will be to continually strive for academic excellence and achievement above national expectations. Our distinct ethos with its strong sense of curiosity and high expectations is echoed in our motto ‘Igniting young minds today, for a brighter tomorrow’. Every parent deserves a school that nurtures the individual potential of their child. We want our pupils to dream big and it is our purpose to keep their aspirations alive.
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are the foundations behind everything we will do as a staff and school.
Visible Science and Practical learning
“Many students find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.” Source: cest.org.uk
Science and practical learning at the forefront
Edison Primary is the first Science specialist primary school to be established in West London. We want to pioneer a renewed focus on science. This will be achieved through the rigorous new curriculum, which has a far stronger emphasis on practical work and therefore bring added vibrancy to learning activities.
This will be achieved in the following ways:
- A well-resourced science room (in permanent building) as the focal point of science lessons across the school
- Half a day dedicated to science based lessons per week with emphases on practical experiences
- Strong links to Health and Physical Literacy
- Regular planned active participation in Growing and Forest School programmes.
- The Primary Science Crest Award scheme.
- Opportunities for illustrative and investigative scientific enquiry at the forefront of planning
- Practical cookery classes in every year group to link learning in science, maths and English.
Our curriculum throughout the key stages will develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. This will be achieved by setting non-negotiable strategies for teaching and learning in each year group. Planning will include weekly practical sessions, allowing pupils to develop confidence and skills in investigative work.
Skills in questioning, observing, identifying, classifying, gathering data and solving problems will lay down secure foundations of scientific knowledge. In KS1 the emphasis will be on children participating in scientific investigations that develop an understanding of what it means to be scientific. For example, they will hypothesize, collect and analyse data, and develop explanations towards solving problems. Practical work will often be used as a starting point to most topics. Our focus on quality, practical work will not only engage pupils with the processes of scientific enquiry, but also ignite the excitement and wonder of the subject.
A Broad Curriculum
Our curriculum will be broad, balanced, and extend beyond the classroom. It will promote meaningful learning and skills for life. An enquiry led and practical based curriculum will encourage children to find solutions, promote collaborative learning, be active learners, encourage them to persevere and face challenges. Our Rationale highlights the current issues being faced by school children in Hounslow. Our Vision is a response to the growing concerns around health and achievement in the area whilst creating responsible citizens of the future.
We will achieve this through rich learning experiences scaffolded by:
- The New National Curriculum
- The Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto incorporating Eco Schools
- Access to 11+ programmes of study to be included in the upper key stage 2 curriculum
- Daily physical activity
- Raise awareness of global issues through links with International Schools, and achieving Eco-School status
- Fundraising projects actively involving pupils to bring first hand real-life experiences of problem solving, team work as well as stock and budget management.
- Swimming each year for years 1 to 5
- Residential trips in Years 4, 5 and 6
- Our pupils will support the local community through working with the elderly and looking after their environment
- Links with local businesses to support and deliver our vision
Strong Parent Partnerships
Edison will celebrate its diversity and has high and equal expectations of all pupils, regardless of social, cultural, linguistic or ethnic background. As you walk through the school its inclusive nature will be evident in the environment and ethos. Parents and carers will be actively encouraged to be fully involved in their children’s learning and in the life of the school. Our many years’ experience of teaching has shown us that children attach greater value and respect to their school life when this is modelled by their parents and teachers.
This will be achieved through in the following ways:
- Each class has a parent/carer as a class representative who will work with the parent governors. This will form the school PTA whose meetings shall be widely advertised and open to all parents.
- Parents fully involved in teacher consultations, curriculum evenings and target setting meetings.
- Parents/grandparents/carers encouraged to commit half a day each term to their child’s school life for example supporting growing/forest school sessions.
- Sharp lines of communication, for example, direct email-contact with their class teacher and senior leaders, as well as any particular school updates via texts, emails and newsletters.
- Holiday clubs and Summer School through:
- A range of structured clubs – sports, art, music, dance and ‘growing schools’ activities
- Opportunity for children to attend catch-up programmes
Why does Edison feel Learning outside the Classroom (LOtC) is important?
We are living in an exciting age of technology with gadgets available to support us with almost every aspect of our lives. There is no denying the positive impact technology has had on learning and teaching in the classroom. With positives however, there are negative aspects and in this case it is the high number of children that have abandoned outdoor activities in favour of their television sets, tablets and computers. Most children when asked would prefer to engage in outdoor learning if given the opportunity. These experience also tend to be the most memorable.
Learning Outside the Classroom will be an integral part of our curriculum planning and shall be further reinforced through the support of initiatives such as Forest Schools and Growing as well as membership to Learning through Landscapes. This will all tie in well with our science focus and our aim to achieve Eco School status in the short term and become a leading school on sustainability in the long term.