At Seven Hills State School we believe that:
- Every child is a unique individual with different learning styles, abilities and interests.
- Children are competent and capable and enter school with a wealth of knowledge and experiences.
- Children come from diverse backgrounds which may be reflected in a variety of different values, beliefs, expectations and roles within their family.
- Although there are recognizable developmental stages throughout childhood, children will develop and progress at individual rates.
- Children are active participants in their own learning, are naturally inquisitive and learn by interacting with people and objects in their environment.
- Children have strong, considered opinions.
- Children construct meaning about the world around them through play and hands on active engagement.
- The school experience should positively influence the development of children’s self- concepts.
- Children are capable role models.
- Children learn best when they feel safe and happy; have a strong sense of belonging; are listened to and feel valued.
- Teachers are researchers who observe, monitor and document children’s understandings.
This means that at Seven Hills State School we will:
- Offer children a responsive curriculum that reflects current understandings about children and how they learn and develop.
- Implement the National Curriculum in a way that reflects our beliefs about children and how children learn.
- Maintain a safe and friendly environment that is inviting to children and parents.
- Consider individual interests, needs and abilities when providing learning experiences.
- Provide learning experiences which reflect a variety of social, cultural and indigenous perspectives.
- Differentiate by catering for a variety of learning styles and developmental levels when planning activities.
- Plan balanced learning programs which consider all aspects of a child’s development.
- Recognise and celebrate the achievements of all children.
- Value play and open-ended hands on activities where risk taking is encouraged as an important vehicle for learning.
- Provide opportunities for children to interact with a variety of people and equipment in different settings.
- Build upon knowledge and skills gained prior to the school experience.
- Value children’s thinking by listening to children and making their thinking and learning visible.
- Have a genuine regard for cultural differences, abilities and achievements in all areas.
- Ensure children have equitable access to resources which are needs appropriate.
- Explicitly teach social skills and positive communication using common language and teaching strategies.