Five Key Areas for Learning & Development
Belonging and Connecting
Be cared for by a small number of familiar and consistent Teachers who understand and are sympathetic to their needs. Have ownership of their learning and be able to influence the environment where that learning takes place. Have opportunities to form mutually respectful relationships with other people.
Being and Becoming
Be well fed, rested, physically active and mentally stimulated, safe from emotional and physical harm. Children have a sense of well being; a feeling of self-worth and identity; a confidence in themselves as learners. Children develop their capacity to recognise their own feelings and those of others, for motivating themselves, and for managing emotions well in themselves and in their relationships.
Contributing and Participating
Children contribute their individual and unique thoughts, feelings and ideas and to be respected for the choices and decisions they make. Children have opportunities to take on a range of responsibilities in the School, progressively becoming more aware of what is involved in being a member of a group. They have opportunities to learn about themselves and others, to become critically aware, and to grow to recognise and challenge bias, stereotypes and discriminatory behaviour.
Being Active and Expressing
Children have opportunities to learn in a multi-sensory way, through active involvement in first hand experiences, exploration and play. They express their feelings, value judgements and emotional needs.
Thinking, Imagining and Understanding
Children understand the learning process, experience a range of learning styles and develop their own tools for learning. They learn new knowledge, skills and processes across the curriculum in multi-intelligent ways. They have opportunities to think, to understand, to ask questions and to pursue their own interests and concerns.