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Teaching Philosophy

The Scandinavian educational philosophy is based on the idea that every child deserves equal attention and respect and at the same time guidance, advice and examples to help them fully develop their potential in a safe and secure environment where they are encouraged to learn from their mistakes.


These values are laid out in the Swedish Education Act and the Curricula.  The section below describes how we put these values into effect.


Children at the centre

 

  • Each child is treated as unique and receives the necessary attention according to his/her individual level of maturity.
  • Children progress at their own pace.
  • Each child receives work at his/her level in the class room.

 

We do this by:

- Having groups small enough for the teachers to form a personal relationship with each child

- Knowing the names of the children. Teachers and other staff often also know the names of children who are not in their class

- Listening to the children, giving them time to express their needs, wants and views

- Having flexible academic goals and giving the teachers flexibility on how to achieve according to the maturity of each child

- Allowing children in the same class to work with the same theme at different levels

- Having a Child Care Team which work to prevent and catch potential issues early, i.e identify children in need of additional support


Respect for others


 

  • Children feel that they are worth the same and are equally treated.
  • Children come from mixed backgrounds, many nationalities are represented.
  • Children taught to show solidarity with the weak and vulnerable.
  • Zero tolerance to degrading treatment and discrimination.

 

We do this by:

- Explaining what a child has done wrong and why this is not tolerated (can get hurt, can make someone sad etc) instead of just telling them off

- Having a team of staff trained to identify potential issues and address these at an early stage (Child Care Team)

- Talking to children about unfair treatment

- Celebrating diversity and talking about traditions from different countries

- Taking an active interest in each other’s languages and cultures

- Doing joint projects between the Swedish speaking and English speaking section, e.g music projects

- All children studying all three languages of the school (Spanish, English & Swedish)

- Arranging theme days where we work together in mixed age groups to learn respect for each other and have fun together


A safe and supportive environment


 

  • Small and family oriented
  • Calm and peaceful environment
  • Children feel that they are seen and heard
  • Reduced number of children per teacher

 

We do this by:

- Welcoming parents into the class room in the mornings and afternoons

- Having small classes and a high teacher to student ratio

- Limiting the number of students in the school, only one class per year or less (age integrated classes)

- Open spaces, big windows and open doors to increase transparency of what is going on it the class room

- Providing a safe environment where students are allowed to make mistakes in order to learn

- Continuously assess students to confirm progress and to identify what can be improved in the teaching

- Instilling a feeling of pride for the school

o Singing our own school song

o Enjoying music performances for all students, staff and parents


A close relationship with nature


 

  • Promote sense of environmental responsibility in each child (e.g. love for nature, responsibility to keep tidy, recycling).
  • Time spent outside in all weather conditions.
  • Promote an understanding of the importance of environmental sustainability.
  • Promote a sense of belonging and responsibility for the school.

 

We do this by:

- Proving plenty of outside space with lots of green

- Encouraging children to tidy up

- Encouraging recycling

- Encouraging students to take care of their belongings

o Books are often on loan and need to be returned to the school in the same condition as received


Quality relationships with staff


 

  • Competent and responsible staff with relevant education and high level of emotional maturity
  • Quality attachment relationship with each child
  • Teachers act as role models
  • Proximity and continuity in relationship with teacher

 

We do this by:

- Careful selection of staff with not only the right education but also a drive and interest to support the way we work

- Wherever possible, hire staff with Scandinavian educational background also for the English speaking section, alternatively provide training in Scandinavian educational philosophy


Independent individuals


 

  • Play is an important part of learning, especially at younger age.
  • Global development of the child: cognitive (language, perceptual, motor skills etc) and emotional development
  • Personal responsibility for belongings
  • Focus on how to find information
  • Creative and experimental environment
  • Critical thinking and own point of view is essential
  • Encouraging lifelong learning

 

We do this by:

- Encouraging young children to be responsible for their belongings.

- Encouraging young children to independently use the toilet and to get dressed independently

- Not giving all the answers but encourage children to find out by themselves in e.g. books and internet

- Encouraging students to be critical and form their own views

- Giving students the tools to express their own views

- Preparing students to manage on their own later in life

o This includes classes in craft, cooking and home economics as well as practical experience in different work environments (PRAO)

- Ensuring children understand why they learn different things by giving natural relationship to everyday life. For younger students this could e.g involve counting cars on the street and not only count in the classroom


International and multicultural awareness


 

  • Understanding of cultures
  • Respect for differences in cultures
  • Richness of languages

 

We do this by:

- Exchanging teachers between groups, e.g. English speaking teacher reads story in English for children in Swedish speaking group.

- Singing in different languages.

- Having joint projects between the Swedish and English speaking sections.

- Celebrating different national holidays.


Close relationship between school and home


 

  • Flat communication (children, parents, teachers and leadership)
  • Parents welcome to participate in school activities
  • Open classrooms

 


We do this by:

- Having a parent representatives from each class that regularly meet with the Head of School

- Having a parent committee for the Accreditation project

- Welcoming parents into the classroom to admire the work of their child and to see where they spend most of the day


Positive attitude towards exercise and good health


We do this by:

- Offering healthy food and encouraging healthy snacks to be brought to school

- Offering nature excursions, e.g annual trip to Pedriza for non preschool children

- Organising sports days for all students

- Teaching children the importance of good personal hygiene by ensuring everyone changes clothes for PE and shower after the lesson

 

 

 


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