At Laxey we have a growth mindset philosophy. This means we believe that everybody can learn and succeed with the right attitude. Courage, tenacity and self belief are crucial and can be developed by how we recognise and reward success. Directed effort alongside outcome is valued and children are encouraged to take risks and not fear failure.

Our curriculum focusses on the principle that there are thinking skills as well as subject specific skills which we develop in a range of contexts. We also provide opportunities for children to fulfil the outcomes from the DESC’s Essentials for Learning (E4L) curriculum which can be viewed on the DESC website.

We teach most key literacy and numeracy skills in small focus groups which allow us to cater for children’s ever changing needs as they develop their skills and progress. Children play an active part in assessing their learning so they know what they need to learn next.

Our curriculum is creative and engaging, with the children taking part in planning many of the activities. There is a balance between teacher-directed learning and time for children to investigate their own lines of enquiry through independent, self chosen challenges.