Silkstone Common Junior And Infant School

The School's Overall Approach

What is the school's teaching philosophy?

Following the philosophy of the Barnsley Entitlement Curriculum much of the work is based upon first hand experiences in order that skills in the core and foundation subjects can be acquired and built upon.

Much of the National Curriculum can be taught through a 'Topic Work' approach to learning. These are carefully chosen by members of staff to ensure that the programmes of study laid down in the National Curriculum are being covered. As a consequence of this approach to learning, at various times during the year the children may be involved in visits out of school.

We would hope for your support to allow these visits to take place. Should you wish to know in more detail what your child will learn during any particular year please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be pleased to give you details of the anticipated curriculum for your child.

How would you describe the ethos of the school?

Some quotes from the last Ofsted Report:

  • "Pupils acknowledge, modestly, that they learn a lot, but they stress that the school is also about 'friendship and laughter'."
  • "Their enormous enjoyment of every facet of their education is just one element in their outstanding personal development."
  • "Exemplary relationships between pupils and adults contribute to pupils feeling utterly safe in school."
  • "Children's personal, social and emotional development is outstanding."

To find out more about curriculum areas and our approach to teaching and assessments please look in the Virtual Office.