Ethos

The learning at Seven Spokes speaks to the soul of the child.  Through imagination and feeling, as well as ‘doing’ they experience a range of topics, in an age-appropriate way, that help them to understand the world and their place in it.  

We create a positive, encouraging learning environment that enables each child to thrive and grow taking into account their diverse learning needs. This is a holistic form of education, celebrating each child's unique gifts and their contribution to their community within the framework of the Head, Heart and Hand.

Head

“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book.”

Seven Spokes is an autonomous, creative home-education provision, which uses the most appropriate methods of teaching and learning for the group of children. 

The small group size means that the content of the curriculum can really be based on each child’s specific needs and weave in aspects of learning through movement and nature based education. As we are free from the need for testing and ticking boxes our children are learning at their own pace and in their own way.

Heart 

“Receive the children in reverence, educate them in love, and send them forth in freedom.”

We strive to be a loving community who hold each other with respect and caring, learning to take responsibility for ourselves, each other and for the natural world. 

Seven Spokes is very much a community project. We are creating loving connections in nature: singing, working, playing together and fostering a functional family environment. The community holding, along with a long term educator, creates committed relationships and a sense of deep nurture and safety.

We aspire to be part of a network of people, adults and children, who come together as a wider community; celebrating the rhythms of life and nature through festivals, working together on projects and hosting uplifting events.

Hand

“We are fully human only while playing, and we play only when we are human in the truest sense of the word.” 

The children learn about themselves through their engagement with the world around them. Through practical projects and craft-work, we work through whole processes, establishing connection with nature and the land, to foster an understanding and appreciation of resources and produce.  

There is a focus on kinaesthetic learning through projects involving woodwork, handwork, gardening, growing, nature studies, art and music.  There are opportunities for the children to work on farms and with animals.

Experiential learning, without external pressures, lends itself to thinking creatively and having the flexibility of mind to grasp and explore intellectual concepts.  Playful engaged learning means we can be focused on the process rather than the outcome.

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