At Lime Tree we have the highest aspirations for all our children. Our philosophy is grounded in a holistic view of the child. We celebrate our differences and share discoveries which enable the children and staff to look at their relationships with themselves, others and the world around us.
We expect the very best for our children and reflect on whether we are equipping the children with the skills needed to achieve this. We believe that we inspire our children to living a better quality of life. We aim to give them the confidence and drive to accomplish their ambitions and the ability to realise the potential they have as well as the resilience and determination to use that potential in which ever path they take. We want to create children who have a well tuned moral compass who will go onto have a positive impact on their community.
This ambition is embedded in our curriculum. All children at Lime Tree are given first hand experiences, real life experiences which are an integral part of how we believe children should learn. Not only this they are a memorable hook which inspire the children to want to discover more, solve problems, fine tune skills and reflect on the process.
We are a community school who has structures in place to enable the children to communicate with, empathise with and reflect on other peoples decisions, strengths and differences.
Tools: P4C, TASC, Team working structure such as Kagan, Class Swaps, Range of visitors and volunteers, inclusive nature of the school, outside visits and residential,
our apprentice scheme enables ex-pupils to come back and affords them the opportunity to be role-models for others
Skills are not taught in isolation. Skills are taught and then applied. The children are shown explicitly the reason for learning. Applications are given in a real life scenario. Talk and explanation is a part of all learning to tease out the reasoning.
Tools: TASC, creative curriculum, teaching at the point of learning
There is a focus from Nursery about being ‘ready to learn’. High standards of appearance, attendance and punctuality are expected. These basic requirements will support the children in whatever they do.
The opportunities at Lime Tree to learn work skills are endless. From planting in the allotment, nurturing plants in the poly tunnel, caring for the chickens, being part of the ground force team, having a voice on the school council, showing visitors around or simply applying their skills within their learning. As well as this the children are shown how to budget, research, cook, grow, enjoy and work as a team celebrating the talents and achievements of others.
Tools: Underlying expectation, Creative Curriculum
The children are the most important asset we have. It is their school and they have been instrumental in all decisions that have been made.
Children in Year 5 and 6 are encouraged to apply for jobs around the school. Adverts are circulated, applications written, applications shortlisted, children interviewed and then appointed. These children then train up the next batch of successful applicants.
Integral to these experiences is our apprenticeship programme which allows past children to return for a course centres on the building of self-esteem and skills for life.
Aspiration is a key to giving children motivation. The children are bombarded with first experiences, visitors and staff who share their experiences and decisions with the children.
Wider opportunities are sort out for the children. From the theatre, to camping trips, to trench warfare and Grand design projects in the school grounds. In addition to this we are an established part of the Sale Moor Community, singing and assisting with tidying up the residential area as well as voting on Community Projects within the Sale Moor Partnership and Trafford Housing Trust.
We also believe that the children should realise the challenges of other young people in the world. We are developing strong links with a school in Cambodia as well as working through the School Council with a school in Jamaica. Daily ‘Time to Think’ Sessions and Newsround discussion helps the children to reflect on our ever changing world and how they can make a difference to it.