Our whole approach and pedagogy (our teaching approach and techniques) are centred on the children attending Archers College.
We focus on each individual child as a WHOLE, ensuring they learn through experiences, rather than rote learning. We strive to ensure that the learners develop higher-order thinking through all that they do at school every day.
The Archers College Pedagogy is a caring and open one:
At Archers College, we are passionate about creating a customized, student-centred environment, in which each and every single child can grow. Our key fundamental is to teach from the heart, with passion and care.
Our focus is not on the “end result” or the “marks,” but rather on the child, ensuring we work collaboratively with parents to develop a child as a WHOLE – physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.
Each and every child does not learn in the same way. There are 4 main learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic. Many students use a combination of each, but usually have one style that works best for them. Using the right study method makes all the difference when it comes to your child understanding (and remembering) the material. The same principle applies to teaching in the classroom.
We also believe in an inclusive approach and we fully implement this approach, as far as possible, before ever recommending or reaching a point where we may have to suggest remedial placement. We currently develop IEP’s for children (Individual Educational Plan) who require it. This programme has had great success with some of our dyslexic children or those who have dyscalculia and require additional assistance.
At times, the need may arise where we may need to meet with a family and make the recommendation for a full educational assessment to be undertaken. These kinds of recommendations should not be viewed in a negative light, but rather as a tool for assisting us all in our collaborative efforts to assist your child. After an assessment is conducted, the educational psychologist may make further recommendations for additional therapies and these can be in the form of speech therapy, occupational therapy, integrated learning therapy and more. These therapies (if recommended) are essential for your child and will only have endless benefits for your child.
In a world that is fully immersed in the 4th Industrial Revolution, we fully incorporate technology in our classrooms on a day-to-day basis. Our Pre-Preparatory and Grade R learners are exposed to coding, using coding apps such as Code-a-pillar, Code Spark and Scratch Junior where logic and coding concepts are enhanced.
In the Junior Preparatory Phase (Grades 1 – 3), Robotics and Coding foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork, critical thinking as well as problem-solving amongst students. Robotics lessons build on simple engineering principles whilst promoting an interactive scientific and creative learning experience.
In the Senior Preparatory phase, Robotics and Coding extend on the principles of coding and computational thinking already covered in earlier grades. Through the use of computational thinking, students learn to solve more complex problems systematically.
In partnership with Think Ahead, Coding and Robotics form part of our weekly timetable.
We also fully incorporate technology in our curriculums, using various apps that aid our learners in creating mind-blowing presentations, vlogs, iMovies, Clips and quizzes of their own. The sky is the limit in what children can create, and every year we enter a number of our learners’ creations in the Think Ahead Education Awards.
Educators incorporate the use of their iPads in various ways, such as but not limited to creating Keynote Presentations to introduce a topic or concept; creating Clips or an iMovie to bring a lesson to life; conducting virtual reality and augmented reality sessions with our learners; conducting quizzes using apps such as Socrative.
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