Children learn from the moment they are born. Curious minds absorb information constantly in an attempt to make sense of the world although, as most parents and teachers will tell you, this doesn’t always fall neatly into the packages of education outlined in any prescribed curriculum or scheme of work!
In a time of ever-rising expectations and testing pressures in primary schools, developing the “whole child” remains of paramount importance at Yanwath. Through an emphasis on engaging pupils in their learning by making it real, we aim to harness their curiosity and produce confident young people who are ready to face the challenges of life and who have a love of learning.
We have channelled this approach through two “drivers” that underpin all that we do in school: enterprise and communities with equality.
Enterprise education at Yanwath explicitly addresses the knowledge, skills and understanding that young children have already discovered are an essential part of taking charge of their own lives. If children are to become confident, resilient, independent and conscientious members of society, these skills need to be identified and developed as part of everyday education along with reading, writing and maths. The connection between primary school and the world of work is essential. Through this link, pupils “see the point” of learning as it is useful and real.
Enterprise learning isn’t based on an “Alan Sugar” approach! There are 13 skills which comprise an enterprising approach to life and learning:
Can-do attitude, communication, creative thinking, ethical awareness, initiative and decision-making, leadership, negotiation and persuasion, organising and planning, problem-solving, respect and responsibility, risk-taking and teamwork. The thirteenth skill is managing money and Yanwath delivers a financial education programme across the school.
Our curriculum teaches these skills rather than hoping they will develop via osmosis!
Communities and Equality
Yanwath is proud to be a UNICEF Rights Respecting school and to hold the International Schools Award. Work is planned to include references to the International Rights of the Child and this supports the sense of justice that the school promotes. Work with societies abroad (particularly St Vincent in the West Indies) teaches children to value communities worldwide. Understanding that people are unique and that it is important to celebrate these differences means that our children will grow into valued community members. Equality equals fairness and this is a concept that children are taught from the moment they enter school.
We are really proud of our school and what it stands for. We hope you are too!