Core Principles

At Silverhill we have three core principles that underpin our curriculum: curiosity, well being and equality. These core principles run through everything the children experience. We believe that everyone is capable of being successful and happy. We want to celebrate individuality and give opportunities for everyone to follow their passions and strengths 

Through our curriculum, we intend that every child will be a curious learner who loves to play, explore and is inspired to be creative. 

Regardless of their background or starting point our curriculum intends to give every child the experiences and opportunities to be successful and happy.  

Our intention is that each and every child will be knowledgeable and motivated to take an active role in their own well-being, happiness and achievements. 

At Silverhill, you can simply 'Be Yourself'

Curiosity

Below are just some of the ways in which our curriculum encourages curiosity amongst children: 

  • Use of questions as the Elements of Learning – Why did World War II start? 
  • Exploration & play 
  • Giving children opportunities to ask questions 
  • Unstructured exploration 
  • Investigations 
  • Giving children a voice, opinion and choice 
  • Follow children's passions and interests  
  • 'Sensational starts' to topics   
  • Effective questioning  
  • Focus on questions rather than answers 
  • Model curiosity by thinking aloud 
  • Develop vocabulary 
  • Letting children discover for themselves 
  • Prove the seemingly impossible, possible 
  • Reward and celebrate the 'thinkers' 
  • Provide 'what if?' scenarios 
  • Blow their minds with the Wow factor!!! 

Well Being

Below are just some of the ways in which our curriculum encourages well-being amongst children: 

  • Know your children & build relationships– names, interests, personalities, what makes them tick?
  • Live the ethos – Walk the talk
  • Encourage laughter and humour
  • Give purpose and context to learning 
  • Provide structure, routine and consistency
  • Value everyone and individuality - be fair
  • An effective safeguarding culture
  • Give exercise, PE & School sport a high profile and importance allowing children to be active in lessons
  • Through exploration & play
  • Praise, praise, praise - Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate
  • Give children responsibility and let children discover for themselves
  • Give children a voice, opinion and choice and follow their passions and interests 
  • Through Sensational starts & 'Fantastic finishes'
  • Teach them coping strategies and how to be mindful and focus on the 'Now'
  • Give opportunities to collaborate and share success together
  • Provide the knowledge and strategies on how to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Provide opportunities to be altruistic
  • Give time and share outcomes within their community
  • Talk about mental health openly and teach strategies to cope with negative emotions
  • Provide strong pastoral care and support – mentors – points of contact – people to talk to 
  • Listen to people...

Equality

Below are just some of the ways in which our curriculum encourages equality amongst children: 

  • Despite age, disability, gender ,race, religion, or sexual orientation everyone should be treated fairly
  • Ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities and participation 
  • Use a variety of teaching and assessment methods
  • Consider all children's backgrounds and starting points when curriculum planning
  • Plan for individuals' needs and celebrate individuality
  • Ensure that individuals' interests, cultures and personalities are celebrated within our curriculum
  • Challenge negative attitudes
  • Treat all staff and children fairly
  • Avoid stereotypes
  • Celebrate multiculturalism and celebrate significant dates within faiths and cultures
  • Recognise diversity and respect differences
  • Give children a voice, opinion and choice and follow their passions and interests
  • Be nice to everyone...