Visions and Aims
The Forest CE Federation aims to provide children with an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum that will instil a love of learning. Our approach enables all children to become lifelong learners by developing transferable skills to equip them to succeed in a competitive world. A strong Christian ethos permeates through our daily lives ensuring our pupils are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment within our small community.
Everyone is valued as an individual and helped to develop and progress in their own unique way within a Christian environment. Our vision, ‘Small enough to care , Large enough to inspire , Valuing All God’s children’ is at the core of everything we do. The curriculum we offer is not merely academic, but embraces the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils and is deeply rooted in our vision that:
‘All things are possible for one who believes’ Mark 9 v23 .
We believe in the “whole child” and are committed to children’s wider well-being through our creative inclusive curriculum, which is driven by our spiritual values.
Our curriculum is designed to spark curiosity in young minds through carefully planned opportunities for pupils to acquire, apply and master their knowledge and skills in a unique learning environment.
We know that a child who feels happy, safe and secure will have the confidence to try their best and achieve in all that they do. We endeavour to provide all children with the knowledge, skills and environment in which to thrive.
We define progress as the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and behaviours. This is done through how we deliver our curriculum; Continuous Provision.
At the Forest Federation, we plan learning in a thematic approach using quality texts to inspire discussion, support the development of reading and provide opportunities for high quality writing within each theme.
Themes have been organised across the classes to ensure that there are a variety of curriculum drivers that cover the content of the National Curriculum.
As we have mixed age classes, we have adapted our implementation of the curriculum to suit the needs of our pupils. Teacher rarely teach as a whole class, instead the curriculum is planned and designed to give pupils the opportunities to work specifically with the teacher, in small groups and independently.
The pupils throughout each day have to complete their core learning and their COOL tasks, (Carrying On Our Learning). Throughout the day/week pupils will access a variety of activities and subjects which we call Continuous Provision. At times learning will be directed and other times more open-ended enquiry based approach.
We see the local community as so valuable to our children’s learning, so we thread these links into the curriculum throughout the year.
Using the outdoors as a learning environment is fundamental to our values and this can be school based or with enrichment visits to other locations. Trips/activities are all vital to enhance the learning opportunities we offer our children.