Visions and Values
Our Shared Vision is what makes Yattendon School such a unique place. It drives what we do and ensures we remain focused on what we believe matters. The shared vision poster above can be seen around our school and sets out five aims that make up the school's vision.
We aim to ensure that all children acquire the skills to persevere; inspire them to overcome difficulties and achieve their potential through appropriate challenges.
1. Basic Skills
Learning basic skills in reading, writing, maths, science and computing is an essential aspect of your child’s time at Yattendon. We are committed to ensuring that all learners are confident and competent in these critical areas of primary education.
2. Rich Learning Experiences
This is about giving children a really broad and balanced curriculum with lots of opportunities for relating learning to the real world. Children learn best when they are motivated and interested in their learning. At Yattendon, we aim to provide rich learning experiences in the following ways:
- Children learning a wide range of subjects, using the expertise of specialists where appropriate
- Exploiting the use of the outdoor environment to make learning more vibrant and meaningful
- Inviting visitors, holding special days in school, taking children on trips, holding special curriculum weeks and using drama to help make learning more meaningful
- Encouraging the children’s own interests and ideas to shape their learning
- Striving to ensure lessons are varied and interesting
- Help children ‘link up’ their learning by planning exciting cross-curricular projects
- Giving children a chance to communicate their learning in a variety of ways, including video, books, pamphlets, posters and PowerPoint presentations
Yattendon is a ‘Values School’. At Yattendon, we recognise the importance of children developing a strong moral construct through British Values. We feel this is fundamental to children’s relationships with themselves - their self-esteem - and their relationship with others, with their community and with the environment. From our experience, if children have a solid foundation of core values it is likely that they will be far better prepared to meet life in modern Britain. From lessons and assemblies, to the way we treat each other on a daily basis in the school community, we emphasise the following values:
Appreciation Kindness Courage
Honesty Responsibility Co-operation
In relation to ‘respect’, we feel that it is essential that this works four ways:
- Children respect each other
- Children respect adults
- Adults respect children (this is an important one to us)
- Adults respect adults
As a school we also place great emphasis on 'tolerance'. Talking with children about differences allows them to feel good about who they are and appreciate diversity in themselves and others. It is therefore crucial that children understand the importance of democracy and the rule of law and how these concepts underpin effective and meaningful membership to society in modern Britain.
Teaching the children about the skills they need to be more effective learners, what we call ‘Learnacy’ (A word we made up, but we think it works best!). It is crucial that children develop skills that they will need to adapt to new situations and understand that learning does not end when they leave school, college or university. We focus on four ‘Learning Powers’ in school and these are:
- Thinking Together
By making these skills explicit to the children and teaching them techniques to help them improve these skills, we can help children unlock some of the mysteries of ‘what is means to learn effectively’. These transferable skills will help equip them in an ever-changing World.
5. ‘Y’ Factor
Last, but by no means least, the 'Y Factor' is about children having a mindset (or attitude) that enables them to tackle the hard things and see setbacks as necessary steps towards success. We teach children about the importance of perseverance, determination, relentless practice and picking themselves back up after a ‘fall’. In this way, we hope to equip children with a thirst for lifelong learning and the proactive capability to both seize opportunities, and make opportunities for themselves. Children at Yattendon understand that hard work is the key in whatever they choose to do.
We celebrate children’s achievements in each of the five areas of our shared vision. To this end, every half term, we award a trophy to a girl and a boy in every year group in each of the areas of our shared vision; a total of forty trophies. Parents of these children are invited in to watch.