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The Carrdus Pathway is a holistic approach to the development of a child’s individual character and underpins everything that a child encounters at Carrdus. Our aim is to ensure that every child engages in and experiences countless situations along the Carrdus Pathway; little by little, year by year.
Building confidence is all about providing our children at Carrdus with lots of opportunities to practise and master a range of learning and life skills. Letting them make mistakes whilst we boost their spirits instils over time a can-do attitude, a strong sense of self belief and the realisation that school is a good place to try things out. Our children develop confidence not because we tell them they are great but because of all that they achieve at Carrdus, however big or small. They leave us feeling fantastic about themselves and ready for the next slice of life.
We foster our children’s imaginations at Carrdus, providing them with an environment which actively encourages children to be children, igniting their curiosity and imagination at every turn. Lots of moments to think freely, to be creative and to approach problems from a different angle help our children become happier, more alert, better able to cope with life’s twists and turns and more likely to grow into well balanced adults.
Through solving problems and getting things wrong, Carrdus children view mistakes and obstacles as things to overcome rather than things to avoid. Whether on the sports field or in the classroom, making mistakes is part and parcel of everyday life at Carrdus and our children understand this is all part of the learning process. In a very supportive environment, our children feel appreciated and cared for, enabling them to stick at things and not give up.
At Carrdus we recognise that children need to be the owners of their own learning – we give them time to follow their own ideas, make their own choices and thus understand that everything they do has a purpose. This combined with the small class size and the unique relationship that exists between pupils and staff results in children who can stand on their own two feet. They can work things out and have ideas without seeking reassurance; by the time they are ready to leave they are not afraid of taking on and tackling new challenges.
The benefits of building both resilience and independence mean that Carrdus children not only have big dreams of what they want to do as adults but are actively working towards them. They set goals for the future but are inspired to reach them in the present. We all recognise that dreaming about the future is important but without a plan it often ends with just that - a dream.
At Carrdus we teach our children to put themselves in other people’s shoes by first helping them understand their own emotions through wide ranging discussions in small groups. By modelling empathy and by helping our children to discover what they have in common with other people, our children develop a strong sense of empathy. They are encouraged to talk positively about themselves and their peers and are exposed to a broad spectrum of stories from early on to understand life’s ups and downs.