At St Philip’s CE Primary Academy, fostering curiosity and a love of learning is at the heart of our teaching. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent learners and thinkers, prepared and ready to become lifelong learners and develop qualities of character necessary to be positive future citizens. We use ‘Learning Superpowers’ to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. We pride ourselves on developing a positive ethos built on the foundations of the Christian faith. Our ethos is based on the following principles: NOAH'S ARC:
NURTURE We promote and support children’s wellbeing to support their growth and development.
OPTIMISM We encourage a positive attitude towards challenging situations.
ASPIRATION We have high aspirations for the futures of the children in our Academy. A high-quality curriculum and quality teaching, specifically tailored for our children ensure they have the opportunity to achieve and surpass their potential.
HOPE We believe that it is important that our children understand the value of hope. We endeavour to promote forgiveness, empathy and compassion in our children.
SINCERITY We are united as a whole to ensure integrity is are maintained. This quality within our academy means that we follow our principles to ensure that we always do our best for our children.
ACHIEVEMENT Through the promotion of resilience, collaboration and risk-taking we are allowing our children to develop the tools to be life-long learners.
RESPECT All members of our academy, including pupils, staff, governors, visitors and the wider community, will be treated with respect. We hold politeness in high regard and we are accepting of each individual’s uniqueness.
CONFIDENCE We encourage independence and debating skills so that our pupils develop the courage to stand up for what is right and develop the confidence to ‘Let your light shine’ Matthew 5:16
We plan our bespoke curriculum, based on The National Curriculum, with our children in mind. Further information about the National Curriculum can be found here.
Our curriculum is first and foremost child-centred so that learning is relevant to our children and each child is recognised as a unique individual. We ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all, by complying with our duties in the Equality Act 2010. This means that here at St Philip's Academy we have due regard to the need of eliminating any unlawful discrimination, we advance in equal opportunities and we foster good relations with all. We also fulfill our statutory duties in-line with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Children leave St Philip’s CE Primary Academy with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence, self-belief and skills to make decisions and aspire to being the best version of themselves.
Within EYFS, Key Stage 1 and in Key Stage 2 where required, phonics is taught through the use of Read Write Inc.
Our curriculum drivers are:
||Inclusive & Supportive
Reading for Pleasure
The Power of Reading
Grow to School
#100 Things Project
You, Me, PHSE
Visits & Visitors
50 Things To Do Before 5
Long Term Plan
Cultural & Heritage Linked Curriculum
Read, Write Inc.
World of Work Days