“Success and Happiness for All”, taking into account children’s prior learning; providing first hand learning experiences; allowing the children to develop communication and collaborative skills; building commitment and excellence and become creative, curious, confident learners.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of knowledge, skills, values and experiences. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that should be a happy and investigative time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Our school values: ‘The Seven Cs of Clifton’, have been chosen to underpin everything we do as we endeavour to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect these values and skills which we believe are needed to promote responsibility for learning and future, life-long success.
‘Knowledge’ is our NORTH
Children’s acquisition of knowledge and vocabulary is developed rigorously and over time, in order for children to retain and use – research suggests that the knowledge and vocabulary children ‘own’ has a significant impact on their future life-chances.
‘Skills’ are our SOUTH
As Guy Claxon and Bill Lucas stated in ‘Education Ruby’ (2014), “Bluntly, you can teach the Tudors in a way that develops the habits of independence, imagination, empathy and debate; or you can teach them in a way that develops passivity, compliance, credulity and memorisation.” (p.76) Hence our values are ‘The Seven ‘Cs’ of Clifton’: Communication; Collaboration; Confidence; Commitment; Creativity; Curiosity; Craftsmanship.
‘Excellence’ is our EAST
Our curriculum is underpinned by excellence. We have high expectations and aspirations for all of our children and, in doing so, we expect the highest quality of learning design and the highest quality of learning produced. These expectations are delivered and reinforced daily through adult modelling, peer learning and celebrating successes. ‘Clif’ our ‘Hedgehog of Excellence’ regularly visits classrooms to see success and high expectations ‘in action’.
‘Worldliness’ is our WEST
Experiential learning, be it our school’s unique ‘Outdoor Learning program’, visits, visitors, working with the local community …are at the heart of our curriculum in order for our children: to develop their thirst for new learning and experiences; to experience ‘awe and wonder’ , and to widen their own personal ‘cultural capital’. We want children to enhance their knowledge and experiences of the world and their place within it and how they can all contribute as valuable and respectful 21st century citizens. The children of today are the adults of tomorrow. The children of our school are our future.
|‘RESPECT’ areas of learning||Subject specific areas|
|R||Respect for ourselves and others||RE, PHSE, SMSC, SRE|
|E||English||Reading, Writing, S & L, Phonics, Drama|
|S||Science||Chemistry, Biology, Physics|
|P||Physical and Health Education||PE, Mental health and wellbeing|
|E||E – learning||ICT, Computer Science|
|C||Core Numeracy and Maths Mastery||Core Numeracy, Maths Mastery|
|T||The World||History, Geography, Art, Music, French, Outdoor Learning|