Our Teaching and Learning Philosophy.
Everyone at Rackham shares a commitment to effective teaching and learning based on a well-planned and structured curriculum. There is a strong belief that children should become interdependent learners within well-organised primary classrooms, and that learning should be purposeful and matched to developing individual pupil abilities.
We want children to be able to think critically and creatively, know how to tackle problems and challenges, and work collaboratively within a team. They should be able to evaluate their own and others’ work with sensitivity, developing an awareness of strengths and weaknesses. We are proud that our children are highly motivated and eager to learn, as well as being sensitive to the needs of others.
We believe that the partnership between teachers and parents is critical to successful outcomes for our children. We appreciate and respect differences of ability and culture and we are committed to providing the appropriate support for integrating children with special needs.
Teachers work as part of a team and see their class as part of the whole school community, sharing their own particular interests and often giving freely of their time. Their work is underpinned by a whole school commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning, and to raising levels of achievement.
Our Vision and Values:
Our overarching vision is for Rackham School to be a place of nurturing, dynamic learning where high academic achievement and emotional wellbeing are equally valued and celebrated. Through positive partnerships between family, community and school, we will develop confident, respectful children who are motivated to take the next steps in their educational journey and life’s adventures, making positive contributions to the world.
As a school at the heart of the village community, we actively seek to promote and nurture moral, spiritual and Christian values within a happy environment where everyone feels valued and secure. We achieve this by providing a safe and secure learning environment where children are known as individuals.
Our rich, engaging curriculum, based on high quality texts and inspiring learning experiences, give planned opportunities for children to participate in academic, sporting, arts, music, environmental and pastoral activities which are designed to develop the whole child. Learning is exciting and challenging, and our pupils pursue excellence through curiosity and questioning.
Every school should be a special place, a safe place, a place of learning, and a place of nurture and of exploration. At Rackham we communicate at all levels by working hard to ensure that every member of our school community has a voice. We believe that children are born with a natural ability to learn from their surroundings and experiences, and this underpins our approach. We look outwards and learn from others to ensure we are providing an educational experience of excellence.
Our ethos and aims are based on our school values – the 5Rs. These values underpin everything we promote as a school.
-Self – motivated
-Recognise value in making mistakes
For information on how we endorse British Values within our school community, please see our Curriculum page.