The Vine School’s ethos of ‘All Are Welcome Here’ and ‘Opening Hearts and Minds’ means that we always strive to meet our pupils’ learning needs in order that each individual has the opportunity to develop a positive, confident attitude to learning. We are committed to ensuring our pupils are stimulated intellectually and supported emotionally to aspire and achieve his/her full potential.
Our Aspiration Enrichment provision is in keeping with our school ethos and offers appropriate extended and enrichment opportunities to meet the academic and social needs of our Highly Able, Gifted and Talented pupils. These needs are recognised as part of our school inclusion strategy which acknowledges the importance of identifying a wide range of abilities and providing a suitable educational environment to nurture the child.
The Vine School has high expectations and believes in the importance of the exceptionally able remaining challenged, engaged and motivated throughout their primary journey with us. Our purpose is to raise the aspirations of our Highly Able, Gifted and Talented pupils, regardless of their race, gender, socio-economic background to equip them with vital skills to make choices about further academic study and beyond.
Our Aspiration Enrichment provision shares the vision of our daily School Prayer and aims to strengthen Highly Able, Gifted and Talented pupils’ love of learning and instil a strong sense of self-awareness and emotional contentment by challenging young enquiring minds through Greater Depth interventions, academic visits, guest speaker visits, specialist workshops outside of school and support from the Academic Mentor.
Motivating experiences and role models spark curiosity and aspirations and enthuse pupils to want to know more. Broadening the horizons of our pupils and exposing them to inspirational people and stimulating opportunities will create well-rounded, worldly individuals capable of becoming socially and academically successful.
Our pupils represent a wide range of nationalities which allows for our Highly Able, Gifted and Talented children to share their diverse knowledge deeply and broadly with one another and to learn from other’s unique personal experiences, knowledge and understanding.
A love of developing cultural intelligence from one another by asking big questions about mankind and the world in a respectful and open minded manner is encouraged to reinforce intellectual development. It is essential that children develop a cultural sensitivity which serves as excellent preparation for their place in the multi-cultural and global workplace of the future and modern life itself.
Beyond the Classroom: Specialist Workshops
Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5, Y6
Mathematics, Guided Reading
Y5 & Y6 Historic Cambridge Buildings Visit
With thanks to Luther Phillips from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School who not only gave some of our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils a tour of the former Grade II listed Addenbrooke’s hospital building (established in 1766) last Spring term but also imparted some invaluable advice and wisdom:
Always be kind and considerate to others regardless of each other’s status.
Always aspire and persevere to solve local and global issues.
Never be afraid to ask for help.
It was remarked upon that our Vine pupils took notes throughout the tour and were praised for being wonderful and attentive. They learnt about the unique design of the current School which aims to stimulate thought, promotes collaboration and that former alumni include Ebon Upton, Founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. One of our Y5 pupils was pleased to share that Mr Upton was her dad’s current boss.
The afternoon provided the group of Vine pupils with a visit to King’s College Chapel with its magnificent fan vaulting, stained glass windows, Tudor Choir Stalls and the famous painting 'Adoration of the Magi' by Rubens. All members of our group enthusiastically scoured the Chapel from all sides to complete the Chapel Quiz. Well done to our Y6 girls who scored the highest marks – no doubt helped by taking the initiative to quiz the Chapel staff for the answers. Great thinking and teamwork!
KS2 Art Masterclass - Specialist Workshop
Art Masterclass organised by Network CB23 held at Haslingfield Endowed CE Primary School, offered two Year 5 pupils an opportunity to actively participate in a high learning potential art lesson with peers from other primary schools at the beginning of the Spring term.
Together with pupils from Barton CE Primary School, Bourn CE Primary School, Meridian Primary School and Haslingfield Endowed CE Primary School, our Year 5 pupils were taught by specialist art teacher Katherine Woodard to apply their drawing skills in depth and become more proficient in pencil sketching. They also explored ideas creating collage. Whilst evaluating and analysing sketches and collages, they learned to understand the need for shadow and form from careful shading and drawing ‘what you see.’ Here's what they thought:
“I really enjoyed the Art Masterclass. I learnt that if you use shadow when you sketch, it looks very effective and realistic. You can use different sketch pencils to create various styles and thicknesses. One of my favourite parts was the warm up where you had to draw a cup in lots of different ways e.g. with our non-dominant hand, not looking at the paper. I loved the whole experience.”
“I really enjoyed the Art Masterclass and I feel like I improved a lot in collage which we made of a cup and saucer. It was fun and a good experience.”
Network cb23 is a community of 15 schools comprising thirteen primary schools and two secondary schools within the southwest Cambridge area. Founded in 2009 (and originally called Network 11) it is an equal partnership of strong and diverse schools.