The vision for West Meon C.E. Primary School is best summed up in a parent’s comment:
‘Children happy and settled with an excellent preparation for their future education and a great start in life’. As a church school, the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education will be implicit in everything we do and our curriculum will be fully inclusive. Every child will learn to be respectful, independent, resilient and to strive to do their best. High standards in this community will be supported by strong pastoral care from committed staff, governors and parents working together as a team.
Our curriculum and aims are based on Howard Gardner’s ‘Five Minds for the Future’, to ensure that our pupils will be confident and contributing citizens in a world which is rapidly changing.
Our basic aims are for our children to be confident, creative and independent learners demonstrating resilience, responsibility and respect. Happy children, embracing learning and striving to do their best at school and beyond.
The Synthesizing Mind
Every child is taught to take information from varied sources, understand and evaluate that information objectively and put it together so it makes sense to themselves and others. The children will be able to make sense of facts presented in many forms, so that they can see the big picture in their future jobs and in life in general.
The Creating Mind
Every child will be encouraged to put forward new ideas, pose unfamiliar questions, try new ways of thinking and arrive at unexpected answers. We will maintain creativity alongside requirements of specific learning so they are given opportunities to ‘think out of the box’.
The Ethical Mind
Knowing Right from Wrong
Every child will be taught to think about their actions and the needs of other people, so they realize the consequences of the impact of the individual on society as a whole. They will be encouraged to look beyond self-interest and how as citizens they can work unselfishly to improve things for everyone.
They will learn that in an unselfish world you benefit from people doing right by each other.
The Respecful Mind
Every child will be taught to notice and welcome differences between human individuals and between human groups. To try to understand 'others' and to work effectively with them. Now that technology has made worldwide travel and communication possible, the ability to understand and respect other people is essential.
Spiritual development relates to fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life which affect everyone. It is not dependent on a religious affiliation. As a Church of England school much of our children’s spiritual development will come from the experiences they have through our relationship with the church.