These methods are used with all age groups
Sooner than the teacher giving the lesson, setting the work, and marking it, his/her job is to work with the children as part of their group within a well-planned environment. It is vital to listen to and observe a group, so that the teacher knows when they need help and guidance and when they don't. In this way the children can progress at their own pace; therefore a child experiencing difficulties can be helped, while the activity can be extended for those who have already achieved the concept. In group situations it is sometimes possible for the help to come from a friend as well as the teacher.
Whole Class Teaching
Whole class teaching provides a way to get an idea over to the whole group and can be used for every subject, from maths to art. For example, if the teacher wants to introduce colour mixing, she may give a simple demonstration first, and then have a discussion with the whole class, after which the children can go off to experiment for themselves. Some will get on straight away, doing wonderful things, recording their results etc. while others may have difficulties that require the teacher's help. In this way the teacher can use their time more effectively; allowing some children to progress on their own, while giving additional help, encouragement, and support to those who might need it.
This means teaching the curriculum around a central theme. For example, the concept of colour mixing can be reinforced using Music (Rainbow Song), Science (prisms), History (cloth making and dyeing), Maths (proportion of different colours), Art (tie-dyeing) etc...
The 'High scope' method is explained in more detail in the Preschool section. Briefly, it is a way for the children to maintain freedom and control of their environment, while at the same time, through making a written plan of the activities they would like to do, plan their own day and thus make decisions in a more structured way.
ILD online Portfolio
During the term, your child will be building up a portfolio of work on their online portfolio system ILD which will include; photos or video clips of their activities and play along with teachers comments. We hope that this will give you a good idea of how your child has progressed through the term and what stage they are at. You can access the e-portfolio by your parent app at anytime. For the under sixes we do assessment charts for the children covering all aspects of their development. These are not check lists for ability, but rather a way in which the teacher can better plan the right sort of learning environment for each child. Children develop different abilities at different times and by using regular assessment and observation techniques each child can have an individual learning programme.