Silverwood School is passionate about delivering a creative and diverse curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils ensuring they are successful in their lives, both in the school community and beyond. The ambitious curriculum is under-pinned by a strong belief in our core values; it ensures that all pupils reach their full potential and develop into the most independent and successful young adults that they can be. Silverwood School is a strong, nurturing community, which creates a sense of belonging and celebrates individual success at every opportunity.
Provision, which is based on strong positive relationships, identifies the needs of each individual pupil to develop communication, independence and their own sense of self. The school believes that working within communities and fully utilising all aspects of Learning Outside the Classroom are central to supporting well-being and preparation for adulthood. Providing different pathways through a holistic approach allows pupils to progress on personalised learning journeys. The curriculum is reflective of pupil need, regardless of cognitive level, and seeks to build progress in a bespoke manner. It is not limited by an age-specific approach, but instead pathways are shaped by needs identified within EHCPs, including as appropriate, access to a range of qualifications and accreditations. The curriculum at Silverwood School is designed to develop transferable skills that equip children and young people for life beyond school.
Silverwood Safeguarding Lead – Ms Terri Chard.
If you are concerned about your child, or another child please speak to our Safeguarding Lead or a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Or if you have concerns about a child and want to contact someone outside the School please contact:
Wiltshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 456 0108 (08:45am-5pm Mon-Thurs) and (8:45am-4pm) Friday
Emergency Duty Service 0300 456 0100 (5pm - 8.45am)
If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you should contact the police or call an ambulance immediately on 999.
A great website that is full of useful information is
https://www.wiltshirescb.org.uk/parentscarers/ they can signpost you to:
We believe that childhood is a special time. Children should be cherished and nurtured and young people should never experience abuse of any kind. We are clear that as a school we have a responsibility to keep them safe and free from harm.
We recognise that the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in the decisions we take for all children, regardless of; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of abuse. We keep the welfare of the child at the centre of our school.
Some of our children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues relating to physical or learning disability. We will work in partnership with a range of other agencies to promoting young people’s welfare, and ensure they can achieve the best outcomes. Staff are happy to challenge when there are professional disagreements.
At the Silverwood School we have a strong ethos of safeguarding by ensuring it is kept as the school’s top priority. We have a safeguarding team that provides training and facilitates this ethos throughout the school. We ensure that all staff uphold safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
We have developed an effective online safety policy; additionally, online safety training is offered to all parents through free safeguarding workshops. We will share current information about safeguarding and good practice with children and their families through personalised sessions with children and group opportunities either through support work or online sessions for families and within the school’s newsletter.
We recruit staff safely, ensuring that all necessary checks are made. We use our procedures to manage any allegations made against staff and volunteers appropriately. We have a highly effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place.
All staff keep current with their training, and receive a minimum of 2 updates a year. The school uses National policies and documents such as Keeping Children safe in Education 2021 to ensure their staff have the most up to date knowledge. The Designated Safeguarding team have regular supervision to ensure that all staff can safeguard children effectively. They also engage in a wider safeguarding network within the county and the South West.
Any records made or stored are used professionally and securely in line with data protection legislation and guidance. We will use our child protection and safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know. We will involve children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately.
We create and maintain an anti-bullying environment and ensure that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that may arise. We have behaviour policies that ensures that all children feel safe in the school
We provide a safe physical environment for our children. We have built a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns. We use a variety of communication so that everyone’s voice is heard and valued.
The following relevant policies can be found in our Polices area:
E-safety & Internet use policy
Safeguarding & Child protection
Silverwood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its pupils.
All employees undergo rigorous checks during the recruitment process including: an enhanced DBS, references from previous employers, a full employment history including satisfactory explanations relating to any gaps in employment.
EYFS Curriculum Map Example: An Encounter and Discover Curriculum
We plan a curriculum based on children’s development, predictable interests and their own interests. Through careful observation of the children, we are able to find out their interests and what motivates them and promotes their engagement. We also look at world around us and how it is changing, and we follow current national and international events such as sporting events, Royal events and a range of festivals.
Here is a link for an Early Years Activity Library
Here is a link for the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
Characteristics of effective learning
Transition into Early Years
Open information sessions at Silverwood School (3 x per year)
Pupils issued with EHCP (Education Health Care Plan)
Consultation of school placements
School place offered
TISMs (Transition into School Meetings) (Term 5)
Visits to existing settings (Term 6)
New starter session – Information sessions, including other professionals (for example Learning Disability Team, Wiltshire Parent and Carer Council), support with information sharing paperwork. (Term 6)
Stay and Play sessions (Term 6)
Home visits and outreach work (Beginning of Term 1)
Stay and Play sessions/Phased Inductions (Beginning of Term 1)
Planning meetings with Speech and Language Therapist and other Professionals (Term 1)
Annual Reviews of EHCP (By end of Term 2)
A Day in the Life of an EYFS Class at Silverwood…
Satellite Provisions - Trowbridge
At Silverwood School, we aim for all pupils to develop a love of stories, books and reading. Books are an integral part of our curriculum and our classroom environment. We see all of our pupils as readers and we ensure that phonics and spelling is taught across all Key Stages.
What is Phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching pupils how to read and write. It helps pupils to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they are combined will help pupils to decode words as they read. Understanding Phonics will also help pupils know which letters to use when they are writing words. Learning this skill is often the beginning of a pupil’s journey to learning to read.
Phonics in Key Stage 1 and 2
From EYFS to Year 6, pupils are taught using the DfE Approved Twinkl Phonics Scheme.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, discrete Phonics sessions are taught daily across all three curriculum pathways. Pupils are grouped according to their current need and assessed termly, which allows for timely challenge or support.
Phonics Instruction in Key Stage 3 and 4
Within the Pre and Semi Formal Pathway, pupils continue to receive daily Phonics teaching using Twinkl Phonics.
Within the Formal Pathway pupils receive discrete spelling and Phonics sessions 3 times per week in addition to their English lessons. They will be offered Twinkl Phonics, That Spelling Thing and/or Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) sessions, dependent on need.
In addition to Phonics lessons, all students across the school have access to:
Each pupil will be baseline assessed and their phonic knowledge will be assessed and monitored termly. This data will be used to inform provision. Groupings are flexible and pupils are able to move between groups to allow for timely challenge and support.
At Silverwood, we recognise that assessment data will demonstrate the progression of pupils’ reading and spelling skills. The impact of our Phonics provision will also be demonstrated by pupil’s engagement with stories, their enthusiasm for sharing books and their growing independence in engaging with texts at home and school.