Learning through exploration & inquiry
Our inquiry-based curriculum provides children with multiple opportunities during the day to learn and practice important skills such as collaboration, communication, creative and critical thinking. Teachers promote skill development by observing, questioning, listening and provoking students to extend their learning in different ways. Through purposefully designed play, students are exposed to experiences that engage, challenge and energise them, promoting an active and focused state of mind that is beneficial for learning.
Making learning visible
Sustaining powerful learning in the classroom means we need to consistently gather and analyse evidence of learning to make it ‘visible.’ That is why our teachers take photographs, record videos, observe meaningful conversations, and maintain learning journals and portfolios for each student to help them reflect on their learning journey. This type of recording activity not only provides a mode of formative assessment, but also helps develop student identities as learners.
Independent thinkers & doers
As children learn about themselves, it is also essential to teach them about the world around them. Our students are intentionally exposed to pragmatic skills such as conversation and engagement, emotional regulation, self awareness, social rules of play, and self-help skills.
Our approach to learning is grounded in the view that children learn best when they are provided a safe and nurturing learning environment that ensures equality and belongingness for all. At Ivy, teachers, parents and the community work together to construct an environment that is built on positive relationships and emphasizes social-emotional and academic growth. Our learning engagements, both inside and outside the classroom, are developmentally appropriate and tailored to student interests, to create a learning community that inspires joy and wonder.
Because no two children are the same, we cultivate a supportive learning environment and differentiate learning to the needs of each student.
Our youngest learners come to school with many different interests and experiences. They also develop skills and abilities at different rates. That is why we tailor learning to students’ individual needs. Our preschool students have choices in the activities they participate in, but they are also encouraged to work on their less developed skills. Our teachers and network of therapists support students in areas such as pre-reading and pre-writing, social-emotional development, and oral language skills.