Catholic Education South Australia

Teaching and Learning

The Learning Environment

We believe children learn through interacting with elements in the environment.

The classroom, school grounds and outside-of-school locations are a powerful third educator.

Our aim is to provide rich and engaging learning spaces, enriched with real worlds tasks and natural materials with multi-sensory potential to inspire the minds of our children.

"I started my teaching journey with the hope to pass on a love of learning that my teachers shared with me. I loved school and I want for my students to feel positive about themselves as a learner which is why I strive to see a team of happy little people in my classroom, in our school. It is important to me that my students are developing academic skills, social skills and physically growing in a place that is important to them too. I love that my students and their families work together to make our classroom a place where everyone's abilities and qualities are celebrated."

~ Erin Coppins, teacher

Theory and Practice

Our programs allow for children to explore in-depth thinking and to ask questions in order to see the connections of their learning through their real world experiences.

Different types of observations and activities are designed for further thinking strategies within each age group.

We recognise and value the theories and hypothesis of children and provide time for collaboration with others to test their theories and co-construct knowledge.

Children, Teachers and Parents as Learners

We believe in a powerful learning community.

Our teachers lead learning alongside the children. They review children’s work and continually apply research into understanding the learning process of the children.

Parent forums are offered to the school community on a variety of topics so that a reciprocal partnership through learning is encouraged and maintained.

Listening to Children

We value listening as a powerful tool which respects each child as an individual constructor of knowledge.

The teachers encourage children to express what they already know about the world and help them to attain new knowledge and learning, listening carefully to how the relate to the world around them.

Image of the Child

We embrace the image of the child as a competent, confident, creative and active learner.

We believe that each child is a constructor of knowledge actively seeking to inquire and understand the world.

Documentation

Children’s work is documented and displayed through photos, drawings and digital displays.

This provides a visible account of the children’s journey of development and learning.

The Hundred Languages of Children

Our inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach fosters our belief that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity.

A hundred different ways of thinking, discovering and learning.

We value each child’s hundred languages.