Values and Ethos Statement
At Excalibur Primary School, we passionately believe that life chances are enhanced by a strong academic education. Our curriculum design is based on the belief that all of our pupils, particularly disadvantaged and including pupils with SEND, must be prepared to enter the next stage of their education equipped with the secure knowledge, skills and understanding and cultural capital they need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
We provide an environment that is stimulating, challenging and a place where children feel it is safe to learn from their mistakes. Our approach to learning is child-centred, inclusive and is focused on the development of the whole child, both socially and academically. Our learning culture is one of pride, self-motivation and resilience. From their start in Reception, we encourage the children to develop enquiring minds with the independence and determination to succeed at all they set their minds to and take pride in their achievements. We want our children to leave us as confident, independent and well-rounded young people, ready to seize the opportunities that lie ahead of them.
Our curriculum principles are at the heart of everything we do. They are woven into teaching and learning in order to promote an environment which enables our children to be motivated and confident learners:-
The 8 key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:
- Be confident, independent and resilient, displaying a thirst for knowledge.
- Be kind and respectful, showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity.
- Have aspirations for the future and understand that these can be reached through hard work and determination.
- Be able to relate to others, form good relationships and work collaboratively.
- Develop an enquiring mind and be curious.
- Be part of our local community.
- Be culturally knowledgeable about our country and our world.
- Be prepared for the next stage of learning.
Sitting behind our curriculum is our commitment to our core values – unity, respect, resilience and aspiration and the British Values – Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Democracy and the Rule of Law. Through these values, we provide learning experiences which promote and develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and allow our children to become creative, critical thinkers.