At St Chad's, we recognise that the early years are an important time in a child's life, as it is during this time the foundations for all learning are laid. By the age of three when children start in our nursery, they have already developed a range of skills, and an understanding of the wider world, according to their cultural heritage and home experiences. It is upon these early foundations that we build our learning.
Our school's Christian vision (LOVE God LOVE Neighbour LOVE Self)
and our core values (love
n and respect
) underpin and shape our approach to teaching and learning.
Love: “Do everything with love”. (Corinthians 16:14)
Friendship: “Encourage one another and build each other up”. (Thessalonians 5:11)
Compassion: “Be kind to one another”. (Ephesians 4:32)
Respect: “Treat others as you want to be treated”. (Luke 6:31)
We view our roles as early educators as an immense privilege. We believe that primary education is not just about targets and results in league tables, nor is it stepping stone for secondary school; it is much more than that. We want children to have a memorable learning experience at St Chad's that encourages and inspires them to achieve their potential and fosters a love of learning.
The underpinning principles of our curriculum are to ensure that every child in our care:
- knows that they are loved, special and valued;
- experiences life in all its fulness and achieve their fullest potential;
- has a high self-regard and positive mental health;
- makes excellent educational progress, regardless of their background or starting points;
- shows compassion and respect towards themselves, each other and their world;
- is equipped with the necessary skills and character to overcome challenges that they may encounter in life;
- flourishes with their unique God-given talents in all that they choose to do.
We aim to provide a child-centred, broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that enables our children to become confident, curious, caring and independent learners. We want to ensure the rounded development of the whole child through academic achievement and spiritual development. With this in mind, we have devised a 'Heads, Hand and Heart' approach through our whole school curriculum design. We aim to develop children’s caring skills (heart), creative skills (hands) and critical thinking skills (head). We are committed to providing our children with the time and opportunity to develop and master new skills in a safe and secure environment.
We are immensely proud of the diverse community in which we serve and our curriculum values talk, language and communication at its heart. We are committed to providing language rich learning opportunities to develop early communication skills as well as opportunities for both indoor and outdoor learning to develop children’s communication, physical, personal and social skills.
We value working in partnership with our families and our community in all areas of our teaching and learning. Our Collective worships and curriculum themes proactively support the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at St Chad's, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.
For more information about what we teach in each year group and how you can help your children with their learning, please speak with your child's class teacher or click here.