Nyewood CE Infant School
Smiling, Caring and Learning Together on a Journey with God
“SMILING, CARING AND LEARNING TOGETHER ON A JOURNEY WITH GOD”
Our vision is for our children to become happy, confident and independent learners enabling them to take an active role in God’s world.
Aims of the School
- To develop a community within a Christian ethos which demonstrates cooperation and mutual respect where everybody feels safe, valued, supported and encouraged to achieve their best.
- To provide a challenging learning environment offering a range of exciting and meaningful learning experiences, to develop individual skills and talents, so that every child sees themselves as a lifelong learner.
- To provide a curriculum which develops lively enquiring minds of highly motivated autonomous learners, who are prepared to take risks in their learning, support each other in learning from failure and to celebrate success.
- To develop an understanding and appreciation of, and an active role in, the world in which they live.
Values of the School
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all pupils.
In order that children at Nyewood become happy, confident, independent learners who take an active role in God's world we teach them about the importance of core Christian values:
‘Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter,
we are all the work of your hand.’ Isaiah 64:8
That children develop an understanding that they are made by God and that He gave us gifts, talents and abilities which we have to nurture, grow and share as we all have a role in God’s world.
‘I have come in order that they might have life – life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10
‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ Matthew 18:20
Spiritual development is about supporting children to know who they are, to develop a sense of identity and self- worth, to recognise their own inner selves and to reflect on their beliefs, values and feelings.
‘Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”’ Matthew 4:18-20
Independence is about children making good choices, being a disciple (follower) and making a choice to listen to God and being shown and encouraged to live out our daily lives as He teaches us.
‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with tumbrel and lyre.’ Psalm 149:3
This is about developing the children’s understanding of the story of creation and continually reminding the children about the value of everything and everyone in God’s world; how he made each one of us.
‘Jesus often went away by Himself to pray.’ Luke 5:16
God’s love for us as told and shown by Jesus through the parables, miracles, and the Lord ’s Prayer. As well as God’s word through the Old Testament.