Our focus at Village School is always on using practical, real-life experience to help students grasp important concepts and develop the skills that will serve them in life.
In addition to our curriculum-based activities, we offer a number of specialised programs that allow children to engage directly with their world and apply their skills and understanding.
We access the local community and the resources available within it. We take children on camps, have school sleepovers and involve the children in real life problems and solutions in the Village School environment.
The benefits of experiential learning
Our approach has also been referred to as “experiential learning” or learning by doing.
In our rapidly changing world, it’s more important than ever to develop the soft skills that can be readily transferred between workplaces and professions.
Experiential learning contributes to a child’s overall development, by giving them opportunities to be more creative and reflect on abstract concepts, which in turn helps them make stronger connections to the information.
Learning by doing allows students to grasp new concepts more easily, strengthen their problem-solving skills and realise that there’s more than one way to solve challenges.
It also transforms mistakes into valuable learning opportunities, with more of a focus on experimentation and discovery, and creates a lifelong love of learning.
Experiential learning at Village School
By focusing on the process of learning and honing skills that fall outside of traditional curriculum boundaries, we’re preparing our students for the future.
We design our educational programs to ensure that the children are active participants in the learning process – by pursuing topics that interest them, engaging their emotions as well as their brains, and encouraging reflection, experimentation and change in response to experiences.
From time to time, we may also offer other specialised activities to round out our educational program, such as:
- weekly special lunches
- dog day
- dress-up days
- mediaeval sport days
With enough support, we also sometimes offer options as part of our weekly rotations program, where parents with specific skills or interests share their knowledge with a small group of students for an hour, once a week, for the duration of a term.
In the past, we have had parents offer activities including:
- Programming / Coding
- Board Games
- Chess Club
- Clay Modelling / Ceramics
- Gem Stones
- Jewellery Making
- Paper Quilling
- Pony Care
- Yoga / Mindfulness
If you are interested in offering an option to our students, please contact us.
A number of local businesses also offer private lessons across a range of activities that may be of interest to your child.
Please contact the office or refer to our weekly newsletter for an up-to-date list of private lessons being offered.
Our Approach to Learning
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