This curriculum area will engender a sense of awe and wonder for all pupils. Pupils are supported to develop a strong recognition of themselves, their self-identity and culture. This celebrates their importance and interdependence in the local and wider community. Pupils will develop practical, transferable and repeatable skills in a wide variety of contexts both in and out of school. All key stages will focus on developing life skills and preparation for adulthood. Diversity, equality and respect will be taught to ensure that pupils know themselves and the importance of celebrating difference. The wider world will form the context from which pupils can learn from the past, in the present, for their futures.
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The Silverwood Beliefs and Values curriculum encourages pupils to grapple with some of the big spiritual topics: forgiveness, love, gratitude, ritual and mourning. We explore beliefs and values, from around the world and within our school, through stories and multisensory activities which are differentiated to meet the needs of individual pupils. Pupils will experience opportunities to explore and develop curiosity about their own values and those of others around the world. They will be encouraged to debate and discuss the ideas they encounter, in an effort to promote philosophical thinking and a tolerance for other people’s beliefs. These experiences will enable them to be actively involved in their learning and develop positive relationships as they adhere to moral values and discover their role in promoting community cohesion and inclusion in our increasingly diverse society.
Our Humanities Curriculum aims to inspire students to care passionately about the world around them, and to develop appreciation and understanding of the human and physical processes which help to shape it. We start our learning with personal experiences, in the present and at the local level, and then support and challenge students to have the confidence to develop curiosity about the wider world and different historical periods.
Opportunities to ask questions and find out about other places, beliefs and communities, both in terms of time and geography, allow every student to draw comparisons between their own life and locality, and the places and times that are studied. The topics studied promote wonder at the processes of the natural world and celebrate the achievements of diverse people who have had an impact on their society and our shared heritage. Through this learning, students are supported to consider themselves and their impact and value within the environment and communities they are a part of.
Learning a Modern Foreign Language develops and enhances four key communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It also enables students to appreciate difference by opening their minds to diverse cultures, new ideas and alternative ways of thinking. Language learning fosters curiosity and deepens students’ understanding of the world.