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The Vine Inter-Church

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THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT – OUR SCHOOL VALUES

we aim to achieve our Vision by living by our values.

 

 Impact on our Christian vision: Our Vision to help all flourish

 

This is our school. Let peace dwell here.

Let the rooms be full of contentment.

Let love abide here.

Love of one another, love of mankind, love of life itself and love of God.

Let us remember that as many hands build a house, so many hearts make a school.

 

The name of our school comes from the Bible reading John: 5

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.’

The fruits of the spirit are found in Galatians 5:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-Control

CURRICULUM INTENT STATEMENT

Fostering a love of learning and an enthusiasm for joining in with all aspects of school and a love of mankind.

Intent

At The Vine the curriculum is designed to be, inclusive and relevant. The teaching of basic skills, knowledge and concepts are underpinned the Vine Vision and Values. We understand the importance of delivering a curriculum that is broad and balanced with a clear progression of skills alongside acquisition of subject knowledge which provide opportunities for consolidation and challenge. We want our pupils to think for themselves and provide valuable opportunities for discussing, debating, researching and questioning, set within the context of learning based on sound knowledge and understanding. Our curriculum is designed to build on pupil’s prior learning, provide first hand experiences, and develop enquiring mind. We work tirelessly to promote personal development; we want our pupils to gain a clear understanding of self, alongside a respect for others, a positive attitude towards life and learning and resilience for facing challenges.

We are a multi-cultural school community and understand the importance of providing our pupils with an international curriculum.  Our curriculum and international learning reflects, celebrates and teaches our pupils about diversity. Our international learning has been recognized and awarded the Full International Award by the British Council for our outstanding work. The planned global focus for each year group demonstrates to pupils that global learning is valued and a whole school priority that is an integral part of our curriculum. Pupils from all year groups have opportunity to learn with one another on a broad range of curriculum areas. Our planned global learning enables our pupils to gain a greater understanding of local, national and global issues. To further enrich the curriculum, we plan curriculum focus days, weeks and celebrations which take place across the school and throughout the year. We have grown our International partnerships and are building sustainable links with Spain, Australia, Africa, Japan and Poland, learning is shared and best teaching practice is celebrated. We host a number of different learning opportunities throughout the year which include teacher exchange visits and ecumenical partnerships. 

 

OUR AIMS

  • To provide a curriculum that is real, topical and relevant.
  • To nurture and grow happy, healthy and caring individuals.
  • Help our pupils develop teamwork and leadership skills, building social, independent learners.
  • Provide opportunities to solve problems, be creative, make decisions, use initiative and achieve academically.
  • To foster curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning.
  • Motivate pupils to ask questions and take ownership of learning.
  • To help pupils develop and growth mind set, a resilience in an environment where they accept risk.
  • Provide a learning environment that is inclusive, to celebrate our diverse community.
  • To encourage and develop citizenship in preparation for life within local, national and global communities.
  • To grow creative thinking individuals with values who make a positive contribution to the wider world.

 

CURRICULUM DRIVERS

We have a number of ‘curriculum drivers’ which shape our curriculum and these are linked directly to our Vision and Values. We believe in creating an inclusive family, that builds on the strengths of many distinct groups and runs through all that we do. The Vine School aims link directly to our commitment to developing the whole child.

 

OUR COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY

The Vine is a very diverse community with forty different languages spoken. Our parents and carers also support and enrich our curriculum by sharing their native language, culture, faiths and beliefs. The school mission statement,' all are welcome here', is reflected in the way pupils respect each other's beliefs and cultures. Through our inclusive, stimulating and relevant curriculum pupils show understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. The Vine is committed to giving all pupils equal opportunities and discrimination is not tolerated. Our daily worship led by both adults and pupils is highly regarded by everyone and is an essential part of school life. It provides an environment for quiet contemplation and opportunities for reflecting on what we value, hope and strive for and believe in.

Promoting the fundamental British values has enabled us to reinforce our current ethos. We believe we effectively promote the pupils' spiritual, moral, cultural and social development and prepare them well for life in 21st century Britain and their role in the wider world.

 

INCLUSION AND WELLBEING

We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners. We work hard to support and nurture our pupils to behave responsibly, manage their feelings, build positive relationships, work cooperatively with others and demonstrate a resilience to challenge. We strive to develop happy, healthy and well-rounded individuals and provide many levels of support and guidance to achieve this. For those pupils who need it, counsellors are in school to provide support.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our school is Ecumenical in every sense. We are multi denominational as well as having a very wide range of faiths at school. Religious Education at The Vine is taught through explicit lessons. As an inter-church school, each year group learns about Understanding Christianity. Religious Education taught enables our pupils to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people.

At The Vine we develop the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable our pupils to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of the other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths within our school. Our pupils reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding through enquiry based learning. We want our pupils to appreciate their own and other’s beliefs and cultures, allowing them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion to not only those around them, but also across the world.

 

THE CREATIVE ARTS

Music and the creative arts are valued and celebrated; forming an integral part of the learning at The Vine. We believe it gives pupils the opportunity to express ideas attitudes and values and is a means of communication. We want to develop and encourage critical and creative thinking. Art and Design and music often contributes to our cross-curricular learning and to various events and activities in the school year. It provides opportunities to celebrate and explore feelings and ideas expressed by pupils and by the artists, designers and crafts people that are studied.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our pupils have a range of opportunities to develop their competence, knowledge skills and understanding through various physical activities helping to grow healthy minds and bodies. We ensure that pupils have equal entitlement to all areas. We encourage and promote participation and competition for all in a range of sports throughout the year. Pupils are given opportunity to become play leaders and sports leaders across the school to coach, support and officiate a variety of activities. Across all of our PE opportunities we encourage sportsmanship through identifying and praising particular behaviours and highlighting these as positive examples to one another.

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR CURRICULUM

Our curriculum design is multi layered to ensure coverage and depth in all areas of learning. It includes a blend of rigorous, discrete subject teaching and cross-curricular topics or themes.  We believe that both approaches support effective learning. Our cross curricular approach helps link the learning across and beyond the curriculum.

We are currently developing the role of our Curriculum Coordinators, ensuring that teachers are checking for coverage and the depth of knowledge that pupils learn. We have a focus on progression of knowledge and skills ensuring that content is relevant and meaningful. All curriculum coordinators are offered professional development, belong to subject associations and engage in inter/intra school support and moderation. We check the delivery and impact of the curriculum as part of school development. The Vine values all curriculum areas so that pupils receive equitable provision across a range of subjects.  Curriculum Action plans ensure teaching in foundation subjects develops pupils’ understanding of subject disciplines. We work hard to guarantee the curriculum is appropriate to the context of the school and that pupils have understanding and can apply context to future learning. A clear understanding of the end of year expectations for each year group, subject specific vocabulary, progression and assessment is identified in each subject area.

 

DEEPER LEVEL LEARNING AND SUSTAINED MASTERY

At The Vine we believe purposeful learning drives motivation and attitude to ensure pupils strive for mastery in all aspects of their learning within and beyond school.  High expectations for all, develop pupils who have both the skills and opportunities to master a range of curriculum subjects. We have created a detailed mastery document for all curriculum subjects taught. All subjects include challenge and teachers use questioning to encourage deep thinking and reflection. Pupils experience challenge to check for understanding and we provide many opportunities to reflect upon and move on their learning.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CURRICULUM

Cooking and growing are planned activities that form an integral part of the curriculum throughout the school. We recognise that cooking is an important life skill and that a healthy lifestyle supports our wellbeing.

Pupils from all year groups have opportunity to learn with one another on a broad range of curriculum areas. All year groups map the visits in and out throughout the year that are relevant to their learning and how they link to the Vine Vision and Values. We look carefully at the purpose and the outcomes of these and this in turn informs future planning. We have gradually built an up an excellent pool of parents and visitors who are willing to share their experiences, culture, faith, belief, art, music and skills.  As well as hosting visitors, all pupils have an offsite visit every year; this maybe to a church, mosque, a cultural heritage site, the theatre, museum or as in Key Stage 2 a residential. These visits have enhanced their learning experiences and from that the pupils have gained a greater understanding of the world.  

 

OUTDOOR LEARNING

We are extremely fortunate that the school has extensive grounds which is surrounded by trees, to the front of the school we have planted an orchard of pear and apple trees and all pupils regularly access these as part of their learning. The school allotment provides outdoor learning opportunities for pupils to grow and nurture plants for a variety of uses. Pupils have built a minibeast hotel which is currently inhabited by a wide variety of invertebrates, insects, amphibians and small mammals. The school also backs on to the Cambourne Nature Reserve which provides excellent learning opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in many areas of the curriculum the local community of Cambourne provides orienteering opportunities and recently Year 6 took part in an archaeological dig at a local Neolithic site.

Our Vine Vision weaves through our outdoor learning. We believe that a love of one another can be achieved by pupils having opportunities to develop team spirit, leadership skills and ability to support one another. A love of mankind can be achieved through the understanding of the importance of caring about the environment locally, nationally and globally. A love of life itself can be seen through a love of the outdoors and the ability to reflect on our own environment. The love of God helps us to develop a sense of awe and wonder of the world around us. Outdoor learning can help build a social, cultural and nature connection. We are currently providing professional development with staff in all year groups to make full use of the amazing resource we have on our doorstep.

 

IMPACT

At The Vine we believe that one of the many barriers to learning for some of our pupils comes from their disrupted home lives due to mobility. The Vine has a higher than average level of emotional need and many have child protection issues or receive mental health support.

To increase the proportion of pupils making good progress and reach greater depth we are embedding our Pre teaching and over learning. We employ an Academic Mentor to champion greater depth pupils and give other pupils something to aspire to. We believe all pupils should achieve their fullest potential, including our most able pupils.

We are focusing on ensuring all subject areas have a clear intention which links to our school vision “to have a love of mankind” by having an international curriculum that promotes courageous advocacy locally and around the world. Each subject area has its own action plan linked to the Vine Vision and Values, these identify the intent, the implementation and the impact. We are focusing on the depth and breadth of curriculum content, the progression of specific curriculum areas and the assessment of that specific curriculum subject which will make a positive difference to the learning outcomes of all our pupils. We are growing our Curriculum Coordinators so that they have the knowledge, expertise and practical skill to design and implement curriculum areas.

We want to ensure that staff share best practice and that systems and techniques that are effective are communicated through the school. We are doing this by: developmental work led by MLT and SLT, snapshots, creating a coaching culture, working with improvement advisors, lesson studies and international placements. Teacher appraisal now includes a research based project.

Through our Christian Vision and Curriculum, Pupils, Parents, carers and Staff have opportunity to reflect on their Christian faith and other beliefs, develop an awareness and respect for diversity and an understanding of the social, moral and ethical implications that impact our world. Through our curriculum we encourage and develop citizenship in preparation for life beyond The Vine.

We endeavour to ensure that our pupils, staff, parents and carers develop a sense that the ‘world is my parish’ and that the whole community aspires to doing ‘all the good you can’. Our Vision and Values lay the foundations for the way The Vine school community builds positive relationships, demonstrates compassion and understanding and a willingness for forgiveness and reconciliation. Governors and staff share the vision to ensure that the school is committed to serving the community of Cambourne, nationally and globally and to strive to ‘open hearts and minds’. At The Vine we believe we can ‘Make a Difference’

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