Reggio Emilia is an affluent city in Northern Italy with a multi-ethnic population of approximately 150,000 people. Over the past 40 years an Early Childhood educational system has evolved.
At All Saints the teachers have been exploring and experimenting with some of the guiding principles of the ‘Reggio’ schools. The intention being to enrich and deepen the teaching and learning at All Saints. We do this in a number of ways:
- The indoor and outdoor environments are designed to create spaces for learning that promotes curiosity and questions.
- The layout of the learning spaces value the building of relationships and promotes discoveries in the process of learning.
- Play is a priority and a valued part of the learning program. The teachers work with the children to create learning experiences that promote curiosity, imagination, problem solving, creativity and that celebrates difference.
At All Saints we believe that relationships are at the heart of good teaching and learning and where there exists mutual respect and responsibility for working collaboratively by all members of the community.
We understand that for deep and meaningful learning to occur it needs to be linked to the children’s special interests and be relevant to their worlds.
Listening to children’s theories enables the possibility to discover how children think, question and make sense of the world around them.
At All Saints we celebrate children’s learning process rather than the final product.