What does a typical day in the Elementary School look like this year? Read on to find out.
Hand to Hand Arrival and Dismissal
A typical day in the early years starts with the hand-to-hand arrival at school of, this is an important piece of both our safety measures and our personalised learning experience fro students. Students are greeted by name, and supported through the Covid-19 protocols to enter the building.
Readers, Writers, Mathematicians
Once they’re in their classroom they spend a great deal of their day using play as their means to learn language, to make meaning of the world around them, and to learn how things work and how they are interconnected. Our students perform, create, lead, make and present, and work as a community. Our students are readers, writers, mathematicians. They engage with each other, and get the support of caring adults who guide their learning and nudge them into new learning opportunities to grow and develop further.
Languages and Specials
Other exciting parts of the day include language instruction. We offer Polish and French as an additional language, Polish as a native language, as well as home and family language instruction. Many of our students are second, third or even fourth language learners. Students also receive specialised instruction in the arts, music and physical education.
Hands on and Service Learning
We proudly offer service learning opportunities to our students and one major component of this is our elementary garden. Students receive instruction and become responsible for planting, tending and harvesting. They also learn environmental agency, and take pride in all aspects of conscientious ecology.
Open doors is a time when cohorts of students have free choice in their learning, and participate in a variety of stations designed to stimulate creativity, expression and inquiry.
We also spend a great deal of time with outdoor play and it makes up around 20% of our school day. Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) is a new initiative that gives students the opportunity to build and create and use imaginative play. There are many stations set up with loose parts (tires, large tubes, planks and plastic barriers), including a Messy Kitchen, that kids can use to play. Staff act as play workers as they engage students in imaginative play.