Respect

The Village School farm animals play an important role in teaching. Lessons in respect for all living creatures, reliance and responsibility are taught in very real ways. Respect for and commitment to the environment is also encouraged through the wet lands project that is run on the school property. Adults and children address each other on a first name basis as a way of showing mutual respect and reinforcing that everyone is valued as a worthwhile individual. You’ll find our children are more forthright, expressive, honest and well spoken because we do give them a real voice in the Village School community.

Resourcefulness

Problem solving, creative thinking and initiative are commonly named as the tools for jobs of the future. Village School children are taught to look for answers and solutions rather than be given them. The school gives children time and ready access to computers, the library, telephone, other staff members and any other resources in their pursuit of answers and solutions.

Responsibility

An important aspect of our philosophy is growing responsibilities as the child grows. This includes: becoming more responsible for one’s own learning, becoming more responsible for one’s behaviours and actions. The aim is for children to develop internal discipline. Through this a real sense of self-respect is gained.

Reliability

Interdependence is striking the right balance of co-operation and independence. It involves people relying on each other to do their individual parts. The whole school performance is just one important event at the Village School that fosters reliability and real community spirit.

Resilience

Resilience is all about picking oneself up after a negative experience or a mistake and knowing that you can go on. Village School’s discipline statement recognises that mistakes are valuable learning experiences and encourages children to see their own and other’s in this light.

Village School values

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Whilst the teacher maintains the learning framework, the children are empowered to plan, structure, self-manage and self-evaluate their own learning. All children need time to reflect on information. This does mean less information is fed to the children and more discussion takes place. By asking well-structured questions we are teaching how to think not what to think.

Learning is a 24-hour activity. All children should be encouraged to enjoy finding out more about things that interest them. We aim to arouse your child's natural curiosity and to provide the environment that will foster learning through enquiry and experimentation. Knowledge and understanding are not the same thing; understanding comes from hands on experience. At Village School we want children to understand.

We believe that happy children learn and happy children develop the self-esteem needed to succeed in later life.

At Village School we recognize that this is the most important aspect of the child to develop. Children with low self-esteem cannot concentrate on learning, have difficulty relating to their peers, are too inhibited (or too aggressive) to be able to successfully communicate their needs and desires. In short, unhappy children do not learn.

We recognize that we also learn by making mistakes. Therefore, we encourage children to take risks in a non-threatening, caring environment in order to develop realistic, problem solving skills. We foster creative thinking and individuality in a cooperative, rather than a competitive environment.

"We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development. It is a bold hypothesis and an essential one in thinking about the nature of the curriculum. No evidence exists to contradict it; Considerable evidence is being amassed that supports it."

J.S.Bruner "The Process of Education" Harvard U.P. 1960