The Silkwood Way provides an alternative to traditional schooling and progresses young people through a developmental and student-centred approach to learning with a central focus on ‘learning how to learn’.
The Individual Student Learning Portfolio lies at the centre of the Silkwood learning Program. This is a unique learning profile of each student that is a narrative for the students learning adventure that informs planning, drives progress, and enables student self-management and ownership. It is a flexible document that is constantly being reviewed and changed to meet the unique learning needs of the student.
Our ‘Learning how to Learn’ approach is embedded in the school’s learning program and individualised into goals for each student. This approach gives real value to developing habits and skills that will help students to succeed in a 21st century world. Wrapped around this are our curriculum outcomes, content and strategies that work together to support students to become self-managing lifelong learners.
We deliver this through our school program which encompasses four distinct learning frames:
Based on the developmental phase and the needs of the student, time is allocated to each frame using a flexible and evolving timetable. Carefully considered Year Level themes and learning styles are over-layered to ensure programs are age responsive. Bringing this together teachers’ talents and strengths are then used to deliver the best possible outcomes for our students.
The combination of a;
- flexible timetable,
- four distinct learning frames,
- developmental responsiveness,
- our focus on learning how to learn and
- individual student learning plans
are what makes Silkwood’s teaching and learning unique.
This forms the educational framework for The Silkwood Way.