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Our School Ethos and Values

Osmotherley Primary School Values and Ethos
Children come first at Osmotherley Primary School and we endeavour to encourage independent learning through a varied and vast creative curriculum, valuing the child, their interests and achievements, which we believe in turn produces a confident, well rounded individual.

We promote enjoyment of learning through an active, enquiry-based approach which often takes learning into the outdoor environment including regular Forest School sessions. We have high expectations, and every child’s ability is recognised, developed and rewarded.  Clear procedures are in place to identify and meet children’s individual needs, providing extra support and new challenges where appropriate, to help every child make good progress.

Whilst we have a strong focus on the core skills of literacy and numeracy, we recognise the value and importance of scientific and creative skills in developing well rounded individuals.  We have developed an integrated curriculum with a diverse range of topics which embrace all the subjects of the National Curriculum.
Being a small village school gives us the advantage of being able to get to know each child individually so we can offer them full support in the social and emotional aspects of growing up. Pupils at Osmotherley School learn about spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through exploring through a number of agreed ‘values’ which underpin the ethos and work of our school.

We also strive to ensure that pupils begin to understand values through a combination of practice and direct teaching. Staff incorporate positive values in all aspects of the school day so that pupils learn how to recognise them and how people react to them. Through assemblies, shared activities between classes, they learn how to apply and talk about values appropriately. The children are actively encouraged to grapple with ‘big’ philosophical questions and use a wide ethical vocabulary confidently.