Our Froebelian ethos is fundamental to everything we do at Annan. It informs our planning, is central to the atmosphere in school and the relationships we value. We believe that children learn by doing which Froebel called the ‘self-activity’ of the child. Children learn through worthwhile educational experiences, supported by adults. Children need to discover for themselves in order to deepen their learning. We aim to provide an holistic education as envisaged by Froebel. We recognise each child as an individual and use informed observation of children to support effective development, learning and teaching. Froebel understood the true value of childhood. An understanding that a child should be allowed to grow at his own pace and should never be rushed or hurried in his development. Froebel said “at every stage be that stage”. Froebel designed a series of materials and activities that he called gifts and occupations to enhance their creative powers and abilities.
Learning through nature was a central part of Froebel’s philosophy. Outdoor Learning and Forest School are an integral part of school life for every child at Annan and these along with gardening and other activities develop children’s spirituality through regular opportunities for awe and wonder outside.
We believe in educating children to believe in themselves and reach their own unique potential. Relationships are really important to our ethos and we work hard to ensure children learn to respect each other, adults and the world around them. We work to develop children’s intrinsic motivation, so do not use extrinsic rewards which are external to the child. We value and celebrate each child’s achievements with genuine praise and appreciation. Debby and Mark Hunter, school principals, are members of the Froebel Headteachers network and Mark Hunter currently sits on the Froebel Education Committee. Professor Tina Bruce has close links with the school, recently opening the new garden and is Patron of the school’s supporter’s group “Friends of Annan School”.