“The meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.” (National Research Council, 2007)
The world is changing at an unfathomable speed. Technology continues to redefine what we do, and how we do it. Children today must be prepared to engage and communicate on a global scale, and it’s vitally important to be adaptable and responsive as the world changes. Having the opportunity to develop 21st Century skills during these fundamental years of a child's life sets the stage for success throughout school and into adulthood.
What makes our approach unique?
Our commitment is to merge our foundation of exceptional learning, our pillars of strong values and virtues, with an innovative mindset of providing curriculum and a way of learning which respects and honours children and their abilities.
Inquiry Based Learning
Inquiry learning starts with the familiar idea that we, children especially, learn best when actively involved. By building on natural curiosity, inquiry learning allows children to connect, question, communicate, and reflect. This approach to learning fosters a ‘research-based and design thinking disposition’ and creates a community of inquiry. By working collaboratively – building, testing, and reflecting on their learning – teachers support and enrich children’s explorations across the curriculum. This process relies on a strong partnership between teacher and student, and involves the sharing of theories, observing, listening, planning and reflecting.
As a Reggio inspired school we encourage each child to bring their own personality, abilities, imagination and curiosity to each experience. Our children’s interests are honoured and incorporated into the program. Our Reggio inspired program fosters communication and language, physical, social and emotional development; and intellectual and imaginative growth.
Our skill based and experiential approach to learning supports students as they become more independent throughout the Junior Years. Leadership opportunities within the Richland community provide students with abilities that will serve them throughout their higher education.