How do we teach you?
Cool School uses an array of programmes to deliver a curriculum that is suited to adults and children living within their environment, including the British National Curriculum, Jolly Phonics, Read, Write, Inc., the CEFR, Aspekte series and many more resources. Materials used in the classroom are a mixture of home-made resources, extracts from language sources, books and authentic realia, as well as text books, CDs, video clips and real-life items, such as cooking ingredients.
Cool School DOES use the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) to gauge a student's level to begin with. As students progress through their learning, the course content may dip in and out of other levels according to the ongoing abilities of each student. For example, you may be a student who loves lists of vocabulary and can move quickly into a higher range of vocabulary than someone else. Or, you may be a grammar wizard and grasp language concepts at lightning speed that someone else may need longer to process. At the same time, we may touch on a topic that lends itself to teach a specific grammatical structure or use a different register of vocabulary than what is laid out in a 'traditional' levelled course. Learning a language is an ongoing activity that cannot be restricted to certain level boundaries all the time. Particularly for children, it is important to plan into their lessons topics which are engaging and interesting to them and not just functional language.
English Literacy Classes (for expat and bilingual families)
Children learning to read and write in their native English tongue will have lessons based on the British National Curriculum. Phonics will be taught using various professional programmes including Jolly Phonics, Read, Write, Inc. and PhonicsPlay. Not all children respond to Phonics in the same way. Therefore I have chosen to take the best of many resources available on the market to use as teaching tools. Phonics is taught through a mixture of games, songs, stories, sight words, flash cards, independent and group work, ICT, and guided reading, exposing children to a wide range of learning and teaching styles.
Early Years Curriculum
Early Years or The Foundation Stage is the first part of the National Curriculum aimed at 3 to 5 year olds. The curriculum begins in pre-school settings, such as early years centres, play groups, nurseries, and ends with the Reception Year at school. At the age of 4 or 5 children will start Reception Year.
PLAY is the cornerstone of the Foundation Stage curriculum. Children learn through supervised play whereby they are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings in order to start to understand the world around them. Children are able to develop skills, build ideas, think creatively and communicate effectively with others.
Reception Year will not feel like 'learning' is taking place as most children see their time at school as fun and playing. At this stage children will be tackling speaking and listening, singing and dancing, stories and counting, learning to read and write, building their phonics knowledge as well as their mathematical skills, such as patterns, shapes, space and measures, problem solving, mental maths, etc. and learning to interact with others in a safe environment. In a nutshell the Foundation Stage is laying down the building blocks for a smooth transition into Year 1 and the start of Key Stage 1.
At Cool School your child will be engaged in activities that promote the learning of the curricular targets set out here. Not all children will learn at the same pace or even be on the same targets. All children will need input from home through tasks given to your child at the end of each lesson to support their learning. Your child's time at Cool School should be a fun learning experience and will be a progressive one. This means that each session is not isolated in its content; it builds on prior learning from the class before. Therefore, it is advised that you try to join at the start of a term and attend 100%, if not 80-90% of the lessons. Each new term will be a progression from the last term and seeks to develop your child's learning in order to move up to a new level class when ready. A huge part of learning to read and write is being exposed to lots of different vocabulary, including mathematical and scientific language. Numeracy targets will also be used to expose your child to such language. Reading storybooks with your child is also extremely important in their development. Each class will either start or end with a story.
Children learning English as a Foreign Language
Children will be exposed to the English Language through songs, games, role-play, movement activities, arts & crafts and educational tasks, all of which give your child reading, writing, speaking and listening opportunities in the target language.
Adults are split into groups according to their level and abilities. All lessons give exposure to reading, writing, listening and speaking opportunities as well as games and a learn-by-doing approach. A broad range of materials will be used to appeal to different learning styles. . I do not follow ONE textbook or curriculum. Your lessons are planned around YOUR needs and wants, not that of a textbook. Textbooks will be used as a reference point and can be adapted for the purpose of the lessons, but a variety of sources will be used to deliver a bespoke curriculum just for you.