OUR LEARNING MODEL
The Balmoral Learning Model forms the foundation for all of the curriculum programmes at Balmoral School. At Balmoral we have developed a concept based curriculum. We believe a curriculum which includes all of the components below in our diagram, will provide our students with a rich, motivational and challenging learning environment. The model draws on many educational theories and in particular is one that listens to children’s questions. In doing so we are preparing them for the skills they will need at their secondary school and beyond.
Numeracy and Literacy
Numeracy and Literacy form the foundation for all learning at Balmoral School. Students who are numerate and literate are students who are ready for the challenges that life may provide. English is structured around making meaning of ideas or information (Literacy, Reading, Viewing) and creating meaning for themselves and others (Speaking, Writing, Presenting). We believe our students also need to be confident and competent in all aspects. Students will be provided with many opportunities to show their levels of literacy and numeracy through Rich Tasks.
C.I.B. (Curriculum Inquiry at Balmoral)
C.I.B provides students with a learning context that is authentic or “real life”. It is designed to be highly motivating and very challenging for students. In C.I.B.children increase their knowledge, acquire new skills, practise a range of skills that teachers have taught them and learn a lot about themselves. The C.I.B also focuses on the skills that are needed to develop a person who can be an active contributor in a modern society. These are closely related to the key competencies outlined in the revised New Zealand Curriculum.
Philosophy For Children (P4C)
A student who is capable of thinking critically, stating and explaining their opinion, listening to alternative points of view, open to changing their minds and drawing conclusions, is a student who is ready for the ‘real’ world. Philosophy challenges students to look at their world and make personal decisions about their attitudes and values.
Learning About Learning
All members of the learning community (children, parents, and teachers) are encouraged to experience different challenges, be innovative, make mistakes, identify weaknesses and strive for continued achievement. We encourage students to reflect on how and what they are learning and to be able to discuss their learning. This enables the learning community to identify the next learning steps and to further develop learning capabilities.