What will this learning look like? Lots of opportunity for children to engage in meaningful, planned-for play. Within our curriculum programing we intentionally plan for play and actively create opportunities for children to engage and explore play that leads them to discoveries, news skills, and new ways of thinking. Our planning model incorporates what children are interested in. Literacy, numeracy, life skills, social skills, science, and creativity are all included and this is constantly assessed against the framework and developmental milestones, to ensure that children are within the developmental level for their age group. You will see children playing together, negotiating to share equipment, share ideas on how to build projects, playing games, remembering rules and being confident to talk in groups and with adults. Some things you won’t see in our play are stencils, these are not appropriate for young children and stifle creativity and thinking. You wont see children sitting at tables doing formal lessons on number or the alphabet. This is what school does and is best left to when children are older, children learn in a far more organic way. You also won’t find us working on the letter of the week, colour of the week or other thematic approaches to teaching, these approaches are not seen as effective ways to engage children and are more for adults than children.
Howard Gardener, educational specialist, identified that we all learn in very different ways – some by doing, some by listening, some think in logical ways, some musical, some through movement. Sometimes it’s combinations of these different learning styles. Our job as educators is to facilitate each child’s learning style to get the best out of them. You will see how we notice children in how we complete children’s learning stories, how we unpack the learning and knowledge we can see against the learning outcomes and what this means for that child as they grow and in how we communicate with you about your child.