TEACHING & LEARNING:

The Six Learning Areas

Our moods, emotions, and attitudes affect how we learn, how we think and respond. All these factors are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The learning journey is about piecing it all together, & R.E.A.L has identified 6 learning areas that integrate to create a holistic learning journey.

TEACHING & LEARNING:

The Six Learning Areas

Our moods, emotions, and attitudes affect how we learn, how we think and respond. All these factors are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The learning journey is about piecing it all together, & R.E.A.L has identified 6 learning areas that integrate to create a holistic learning journey.

Character Building

This area is about developing and strengthening a person's inner self. Character building experiences take us out of our comfort zone and force us to dig deep to find who we are as individuals.

What makes us unique? What is important to us? What guides out thoughts, our words, and our actions? Who do we want to see ourselves become? How do we tell right from wrong? How do we face trials in our lives? How do we treat others?

The answer to these questions build character. They are questions that are difficult to answer; the answers continuously develop as we learn throughout our life. Character is our compass in addressing moral, ethical, and personal issues in school and in society.

Character Building

This area is about developing and strengthening a person's inner self. Character building experiences take us out of our comfort zone and force us to dig deep to find who we are as individuals.

What makes us unique? What is important to us? What guides out thoughts, our words, and our actions? Who do we want to see ourselves become? How do we tell right from wrong? How do we face trials in our lives? How do we treat others?

The answer to these questions build character. They are questions that are difficult to answer; the answers continuously develop as we learn throughout our life. Character is our compass in addressing moral, ethical, and personal issues in school and in society.

Language & Literacy

Language is the spoken or written use of words to express thoughts and emotions. Literacy on the other hand is the ability to understand and use language. These form the foundation of any learning process, as it unlocks a child's ability to read, comprehend, and explore their academic and personal development.

Developing competency in language and literacy allows learners to express themselves, make sense of concepts and ideas, receive and share information, and communicate with others. They are starting point of advancing performance development.

Language & Literacy

Language is the spoken or written use of words to express thoughts and emotions. Literacy on the other hand is the ability to understand and use language. These form the foundation of any learning process, as it unlocks a child's ability to read, comprehend, and explore their academic and personal development.

Developing competency in language and literacy allows learners to express themselves, make sense of concepts and ideas, receive and share information, and communicate with others. They are starting point of advancing performance development.

STEM

The third learning area is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM for short. This area is selected in response to the developing 21st century. The future demands of the upcoming workforce are so multifaceted that STEM is integrated into all our subjects.

For example, a Science project will teach language and literacy through the life cycle of a plant. Children learn the vocabulary, how to explain the process, all the while learning about the life science of plants. By integrating STEM, the subjects are enriched with cross-disciplinary-, critical-, and creative thinking, problem solving, and technology. STEM isn’t a standalone class – it is a way to incorporate different subjects across an existing curriculum.

STEM

The third learning area is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM for short. This area is selected in response to the developing 21st century. The future demands of the upcoming workforce are so multifaceted that STEM is integrated into all our subjects.

For example, a Science project will teach language and literacy through the life cycle of a plant. Children learn the vocabulary, how to explain the process, all the while learning about the life science of plants. By integrating STEM, the subjects are enriched with cross-disciplinary-, critical-, and creative thinking, problem solving, and technology. STEM isn’t a standalone class – it is a way to incorporate different subjects across an existing curriculum.

Health & Well-being

Academic performance is holistic – it is not just the grades, it also includes the student as a person. This includes their physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing; all areas which significantly affect their academic performance.

If a child is hungry, tired, fearful, overwhelmed, or socially isolated, they won’t be able to perform in school. They need to look after themselves first; a car cannot be driven if parts need to be fixed. The world today demands a great deal from individuals and these demands have a strong influence over their quality of life.

We ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes for overall wellbeing from a young age. Guiding them to look after their health and wellbeing creates healthy habits that make coping with stress easier.

Health & Well-being

Academic performance is holistic – it is not just the grades, it also includes the student as a person. This includes their physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing; all areas which significantly affect their academic performance.

If a child is hungry, tired, fearful, overwhelmed, or socially isolated, they won’t be able to perform in school. They need to look after themselves first; a car cannot be driven if parts need to be fixed. The world today demands a great deal from individuals and these demands have a strong influence over their quality of life.

We ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes for overall wellbeing from a young age. Guiding them to look after their health and wellbeing creates healthy habits that make coping with stress easier.

Community Building

As humans, we are social beings and we are drawn to being a part of something bigger than ourselves. In a multicultural landscape especially, it is important to develop in children the knowledge and skills to be an active member of a community.

Children need to develop themselves as individuals just as much as they need to develop themselves as members of a community. This requires building their identity in an environment of familiarity and trust.

In a school setting, being able to participate in group activities cultivates the right first steps to being part of something bigger. It also helps students to be motivated, to work with others, show kindness, develop socially and emotionally, and achieve more as a team. By having the confidence that their own beliefs and values matter, and by respecting the differences in others, students can build a better community and a better world.

Community Building

As humans, we are social beings and we are drawn to being a part of something bigger than ourselves. In a multicultural landscape especially, it is important to develop in children the knowledge and skills to be an active member of a community.

Children need to develop themselves as individuals just as much as they need to develop themselves as members of a community. This requires building their identity in an environment of familiarity and trust.

In a school setting, being able to participate in group activities cultivates the right first steps to being part of something bigger. It also helps students to be motivated, to work with others, show kindness, develop socially and emotionally, and achieve more as a team. By having the confidence that their own beliefs and values matter, and by respecting the differences in others, students can build a better community and a better world.

Expressive Arts

The expressive arts use imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, writing, movement, dream work, and visual arts in an integrated way to foster human growth, development, and healing.

Each human being is naturally creative and infused with the gift of imagination. It is in the creative capacity that everyone expresses and shapes their experiences into a creative expression. It touches on emotions that children can use to connect with others. It celebrates diversity as a gift. It can be a form of self-discovery and self-awareness regardless of age and background. Expressive arts enrich all areas of the curriculum because they enrich how children discover and express themselves.

Expressive Arts

The expressive arts use imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, writing, movement, dream work, and visual arts in an integrated way to foster human growth, development, and healing.

Each human being is naturally creative and infused with the gift of imagination. It is in the creative capacity that everyone expresses and shapes their experiences into a creative expression. It touches on emotions that children can use to connect with others. It celebrates diversity as a gift. It can be a form of self-discovery and self-awareness regardless of age and background. Expressive arts enrich all areas of the curriculum because they enrich how children discover and express themselves.

"Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life."

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963)