Our ethos is based on the statement of values issued by the British National Forum on Values in Education and the Community. We believe in the determined pursuit of excellence, side by side with the development of good character.
We treasure each child’s personal talents in the academic, artistic, physical and/or social fields. We seek to develop these talents to the full while at the same time equipping the child with the basic skills and knowledge required for further education and successful citizenship. Our approach is encouragement, and challenge in a friendly atmosphere, with clearly defined limits of behaviour.
The school uses the current British National Curriculum. The usual primary school subjects are taught, including Mathematics, English, French, Science and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Art and Craft, P.E., Religious Education, Swimming and ICT.
The scope and depth of this curriculum make it internationally acceptable as an appropriate foundation, which permits pupils to proceed smoothly into secondary school in Nigeria, Britain and across the globe. Children work in groups or individually as appropriate under close supervision . Our day to day programme is based on our commitment to each pupil’s personal development.
In Preschool, (for those aged 2 - 5), under the gentle care of kindly staff children are gradually guided into the social skills that help them to communicate and co-operate with others. In Circle Time and throughout the day, they are given the opportunity to express themselves and explore creative ideas using a variety of materials. Ample time is given for outdoor activity as well as singing and making music. Story time is always a favourite!
Pre-reading and pre-writing activities are important and the school programme is firmly founded on the all-important phonic approach. Mathematical work takes the form of practical activities in number, shape and measure.
Silverbrook has an excellent record for the successful integration of non-English-speaking children. We have had children who spoke Arabic, French, Swahili, German, Bulgarian, Spanish and Dutch, all were able to settle happily and follow normal lessons in less than two terms.
Our success in Mathematics is due to our constant use of a wide range of practical aids and our emphasis on understanding concepts before performing automatic and ‘mysterious’ calculations. Thanks to the cooperation of the Zodiac Hotel which permits us to make weekly use of their swimming pool, no child has so far finished the course as a non-swimmer.
Our simple daily routines are intended to inculcate good manners, respect for books and materials, healthy habits, correct speech and a positive, friendly outlook.
In the first two years of this program, great emphasis is placed on developing reading skills. Using a well-loved comprehensive reading scheme, children learn to read fluently with ample practise in writing, listening, comprehension and speaking, through stories, poems, and drama. In mathematics practical activities combine with formal exercises to ensure that there is complete exploration and understanding of the topic. All the other subjects are introduced.
In years 3 - 6, when most pupils are reading and writing fluently, topics are handled in greater depth. A wide range of games are introduced in Physical and Health Education and pupils work towards obtaining grades in swimming. A programme, which includes visiting speakers, is introduced in year six, with the aim of ensuring children are prepared for the many changes associated with progress to secondary school and adolescence.