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.