Reggio Emilia emphasizes the role of the child in directing their own learning. Heavily intertwined with progressive ideals in education, the program espouses ideas such as child-centred classrooms, discovery learning, and 21st century education.
What Kingsley Primary School says: At Kingsley we follow the Ontario Curriculum. Our enhanced program offers music, French and physical education taught by specialty teachers beginning in junior kindergarten. Our aim is to give students the skills to teach themselves and to empower them to reach their own unique potential. Building relationships, learning to understand themselves, their actions and interactions are the basis for strong character development.
Our seamless day provides students with a balance of nurturing and academics. Our school community allows the child to be seen, heard, and respected every day. Through Inquiry, Discovery, Exploration, and Analysis, we help each individual engage in the learning process. This same philosophy is carried through all portions of the day by our teachers including our before- and after-care programs.
Pedagogies and subject courses:
Mathematics Equal Balance
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Learn about the different mathematics approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: Using a "hands-on" approach to math is at the core of our math studies. Students learn by doing, rather than memorizing. At Kingsley we use a wide range and variety of materials and assessment tools.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
Early Reading Balanced Literacy
Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
Learn about the different early reading approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: Engaging our students in early reading is essential to their success. Students learn to read in a variety of ways. It is our job as dedicated professionals to tap into methods that suit each child. Offering a wide range of literature and unfolding the students' interests is essential to getting them engaged and not just turning pages. We use a variety of tools to excite our young learners about reading.
DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
What Kingsley Primary School says: We use a variety of assessment tools to track student progress.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
Learn about the different writing approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: At Kingsley the process is at the centre of our teaching philosophy. Having a lovely piece of finished work to hang on our walls is a wonderful way to show our talents, but how we get there is the most important part. While focusing on the process and giving students many opportunities to write for different audiences, we guide and support with instruction. Ensuring that we meet the students' needs through balanced instruction is our focus.
Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
Learn about the different science approaches
Teaching approach: Our approach to science at Kingsley is inquiry based. Students are encouraged to Inquire, Discover, Explore and Analyze. As talented and committed teachers, our staff taps into the students' interests and finds creative ways to teach the curriculum around the interests. Teachers may also suggest a path or present ideas to the students that they then expand on.
Topics covered in curriculum:
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Treatment of evolution:
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The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
Learn about the different social studies approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: This information is not currently available.
Foreign Languages Communicative
The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
Learn about the different foreign languages approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: Kingsley offers students French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten. Our students are introduced to language through songs, poems and fun interactive learning opportunities.
Languages Offered: • French
Computers and Technology Medium integration
Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
Learn about the different computers and technology approaches
What Kingsley Primary School says: Our school technology is used on a regular basis. SMART technology is used in all subject areas. Today's learners are accustomed to technology and use it in their daily lives. It is important to us to embrace technology and help students learn to embrace various avenues to their learning.
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What Kingsley Primary School says: We have a fun and rigorous physical education program that begins in junior kindergarten and is taught by a specialty teacher. We also start off every day with a 10-15 minute physical activity to get a jump start on learning.
Kingsley Primary School's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.