We have created a strong sense of learning ethos through the following measures:
- All children have a postcard of the school vision, which sets out the mission statement, which centres around our motto of ‘Inspire, Challenge, Succeed’;
- This postcard is sent home so that all families can engage with the key drivers for learning in the school, and it is consistently displayed around the school and forms the core part of learning approaches;
- All home visits when children begin at the school are undertaken by the Headteacher. This ensures consistency of approach, and outlines the expectations the school has regarding parental involvement and explains the methodology of learning. We also found that this is a good way of identifying support required and embedding links between home and school;
- Similarly, tours of the school are conducted by the Headteacher to ensure that the ethos of the school is clearly communicated;
- Assemblies are held at the end of each day to ensure that good messages are taken home and also to maximise learning time at the beginning of the day, as less time is spent in transitioning between one activity and assembly;
- A silver assembly takes place every week, during which children are invited to share their work with which they are proud of and have demonstrated an aspect of the learning behaviours to achieve it. The child can choose any piece, but must be able to explain how they used one of the school’s learning behaviours in order to become more effective learners. Each class is represented, and the children’s parents are invited to share in the celebration.