School Aims

Statement of School Aims and Objectives

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Philosophy

Our school philosophy provides an overall framework for general and more specific whole school aims, and is the foundation from which all aspects of our school community develop.

  • To create high standards of learning experiences for all children by providing access to all areas of the N.I. Curriculum
  • To create a lively and stimulating learning environment that is exciting today, as well as a preparation for the future
  • To create a caring, secure environment so that all in school feel a sense of worth
  • To develop a caring attitude for the environment
  • To create a partnership with parents
  • To develop a positive place for the school within the community
  • To create a ‘feel good’ factor, so that each individual feels good about themselves, about what they do and about the school

Aims and Objectives

Our whole school aims stress:

  • Continuity and progression
  • Balance
  • Recognition of the individual
  • Variety of experiences, skills, attitudes, concepts and knowledge to fully develop each child’s potential

To enhance self-esteem and the ability to value each person’s own worth through a happy, caring, enriching and secure environment.

  • To develop an awareness of self and self-confidence
  • To develop sensitivity to others
  • To develop self-discipline
  • To develop self-esteem
  • To develop acceptable behaviour
  • To develop cooperation

To develop the natural curiosity that children exhibit about themselves and their world, and use their curiosity to foster positive attitudes to learning.

  • To develop an enquiring mind
  • To be able to make reasoned judgements and choices
  • To develop independent thought
  • To develop perseverance
  • To be able to identify problems, investigate and find solutions
  • To be able to plan independent work and organise their own time
  • To encourage creative thinking
  • To learn how to acquire information from various sources and record this in a variety of ways
  • To be able to communicate ideas and information in a variety of ways for different occasions and purpose

To develop each individual to his/her potential through offering a wide range of high quality experiences.

  • To provide differentiated learning to meet individual needs
  • To provide equal opportunity for all
  • To extend individual talents and interests
  • To develop children as autonomous learners

To develop social awareness, group responsibility and empathy through the social context of learning.

  • To enjoy the same experiences regardless of sex, race religion or colour
  • To be sensitive to the needs of others
  • To develop a set of beliefs and values
  • To develop confidence to make and hold moral judgements
  • To develop respect for religious and moral values of other religions, races and ways of life

To provide first-hand experiences which enable children to acquire concepts and skills which will help them to understand themselves, their culture and the world in which they live.

  • To develop a questioning attitude towards the environment
  • To develop respect and care for themselves, their environment and the wider environment of the world
  • To understand the growth and development of society, including local and national heritage
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live
  • To be aware of other times and other places

To develop children’s imagination and creativity by offering a wide range of experiences.

  • To develop the skills to use music, drama, P.E. and art as a means of expression
  • To develop the ability to express feelings through the creative and expressive studies

To promote a health conscious environment.

  • To understand the importance of health, hygiene and safety
  • To involve children in regular exercise

To develop positive relationships between home, school and the community.

  • To involve parents in their child’s learning
  • To develop a partnership between home and school
  • To develop a partnership between school and the community
  • To involve parents in school life
  • To develop links with other agencies
  • To develop links with other schools and education groups

To provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all children in keeping with the requirements of the Education Reform Order.

  • To provide a variety of differentiated experiences to support the above
  • To provide a balance of core and contributory subjects
  • To develop policies and schemes of work for all areas of the curriculum, core, contributory and cross curricular .