“In a creative, caring environment, we all support and challenge each other to develop confidence and independence. As active global citizens, we are inspired to discover and succeed in lifelong learning.”
The Exe Valley Federation’s vision for education enables children to flourish in a creative and caring environment. This vision is realised by encouraging everyone to support and challenge each other to develop independence, resilience and confidence so that we can enjoy a lifetime of learning.
Our vision is that children who are safe, happy and cared for learn best and that their emotional well-being is every bit as important as their learning. Reflection, curiosity, joy, awe, wonder, resilience, creativity and spirituality are all part of our curriculum, even though they are not measurable in the same way as the formal curriculum.
Our curriculum gives everyone this opportunity and encourages learning in the broadest sense through lessons, projects, home learning, visits and visitors and using the world around us to develop skills that will last a lifetime. The curriculum comprises all the learning and experiences that each school plans for its children. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and expects that every child will be the best that they can be, regardless of their starting points in life. We support children who do not have opportunities to experience the wider world through our teaching, visits and other activities that build a rich and diverse foundation for a secure future.
The curriculum shapes and determines what children will gain from their educational experience. It is the substance of what is taught and is built on the progression of skills and knowledge that children will need to gain to become responsible global citizens of the future.
The EVF has chosen a knowledge-engaged curriculum. This means following a skills-progression curriculum model with knowledge underpinning the application of skills. The 2002 Education Act requires schools to provide a ‘balanced and broadly based curriculum’ which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children at our schools and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We intend to deliver the 2014 National Curriculum in a purposeful, engaging and creative way by providing a broad curriculum that ensures that there are enough subjects on the timetable and a balanced curriculum that ensures that each subject is given sufficient space on the timetable to deliver its distinct contribution.
NEWTON ST. CYRES SCHOOL is a warm, welcoming school which provides for children from the ages of 2 to 11. Our teachers create an exciting, stimulating and nurturing environment, which creates a love of lifelong learning. Each child is accepted and appreciated for their individuality which is conducive to the child’s learning and success.
At Newton St. Cyres School, we want all our pupils to reach their full potential in all areas of their learning. We want them to be problem solvers who have enquiring minds, to be polite and well-mannered and develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens in later life. We also want them to develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, but at the same time developing a reflective respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the ever changing world of tomorrow.