Eco learning is about our children questioning how they can make a sustainable difference to their lives, their families and the world around them. We believe that to create a sustainable world we need to empower students to make changes. We strive to raise an awareness of the environment and a pride in our school and community is an important part of our school ethos. We want children to ‘be this change’ and offer suggestions that lay the foundations of a more sustainable future.
We have a strong Eco-Crew who are responsible for areas such as our energy efficiency and reducing litter around the school. They feel an important part of this role is to encourage others to look after our environment too.
Enterprise The changing world makes it more important than ever to invest in building a set of essential skills in our children and young people: the ability to creatively solve problems, to manage themselves, to communicate effectively, or to work well with others.
Children access Enterprise learning through carefully organised projects linked to their main topics. Most of the time these projects come from children’s high level of engagements and ideas themselves.
There are a set of skills that are developed over a range of projects each year including: listening, presenting, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.
Children are also encouraged to develop their own creative enterprise projects at school.
Outdoor Learning - At Holywell we are proud to offer children a fantastic outdoor learning experience both within our school grounds and in our local village wood. We understand the huge benefits of outdoor learning and have developed a superb area within the school grounds in which to deliver a high quality programme of outdoor learning and Forest School activities. Learning outdoors brings learning to life and improves a child’s ability to work cooperatively while offering the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate learning. It aims to encourage motivation, the love of learning and team work. It develops self-esteem and confidence through hands on learning experiences. The learning that takes place outside the classroom provides a very powerful means of developing learning in all curriculum areas and also working with music, art and sporting professionals, maintaining and developing close working links within the local community, providing opportunities for termly trips to support and enhance in-school learning and annual residential trips. Research has shown that learning outside the classroom contributes significantly to raising standard and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
In Outdoor Learning pupils learn through what they do, through what they encounter and through what they discover. Pupils learn about the outdoors, themselves and each other, while also learning outdoor skills. Active learning readily develops the learning skills of enquiry, experimentation, feedback, reflection, review and cooperative learning.
We believe that SMSC should be embedded across the whole curriculum. We explore our own beliefs, experiences, values, principles, moral and ethical views, celebrate them and accept those from different countries, religions and cultures.
To do this, we will look at social opportunities in different contexts, work in a team and celebrate our diversity within the school community to ensure that children leave Holywell as caring, thoughtful, respectful members of the community. They will be able to use their empathetic skills to involve themselves in and enrich the community they live in.
At Holywell, children are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to ensure that our children receive the very best education so that their life skills are fully enhanced to provide them with positive life chances.