Tree of Life Vision and Values
The Tree of Life at Penn Wood School
The ‘Tree of Life’ visually represents the essence of the school. We include all, celebrating diversity and minimising any barriers to learning. We embrace our cultural and linguistic diversity and there are ‘no outsiders’ at Penn Wood. The heart at the centre of the tree represents our values of friendship, respect and excellence. The tree is about the growth of the heart and the mind. To support our work on relationships and health education and other areas we embrace the following values:
Our vision is ‘Better Never Stops – Mastery Learning in Pursuit of Excellence.’ This means knowing and respecting each child as a unique individual and building on existing knowledge and skills within a broad and rich curriculum. Learning to read and reading to learn are at the heart of our curriculum and so books are the golden thread weaving through all of the curriculum areas.
‘Reading and writing flow on a sea of talk,’ James Britton and language is crucial for learning and ‘being.’ Starting with the developments of speech, language and communication of early years, through phonics, early reading and the acquisition of an extended vocabulary, oracy is an integral part of children developing the necessary literacy skills to be successful in school and beyond. This includes the development of disciplinary literacy (talking, reading and writing in different subject areas).
We instil a sense of awe and wonder within the children and provide multiple opportunities for communication, representation, productions, performance and presentations.
Our vision for the curriculum is to ensure learners become:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
- enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
- ethical, informed citizens of England and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
We are a Unicef Rights Respecting School and commit to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
We embrace diversity and embed it in all threads of the curriculum. We are inclusive of narratives on, for example, age, disability, gender, race and sexuality (characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010).