Learning

Learning

At Kingsgate International School we will deliver a rigorous curriculum that focuses on enquiry and critical thinking. We believe that students should be challenged as well as nurtured, guided but also developed as independent learners.

Our pursuit of excellence begins with teachers who understand best practice and apply it in natural ways that maximise student performance. Our teachers continue to learn and research new methods and practices in curriculum alignment, assessment, and instruction. Our teachers work collaboratively to share their teaching strategies so that all students benefit from our collective expertise.

We pursue 21st century standards, learning and assessment.
We develop students minds, hearts and bodies, knowing that students must know information but more importantly they must be able to apply it and accomplish things with the skills and knowledge they develop.


Learning

At Kingsgate International School we will deliver a rigorous curriculum that is based on best practice principles.

1A Professional Learning Community

Our pursuit of excellence begins with teachers who understand best practice and apply it in natural ways that maximize student performance. Our teachers continue to learn and research new methods and practices in curriculum alignment, assessment, and instruction. Our teachers work collaboratively to share their teaching strategies so that all students benefit from our collective expertise.

“A culture of collaboration accelerates excellence”

2Brain Based Learning Principles – Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a scientific field that explores an understanding of how the brain works. The aim of our focus on Neuroscience in the school is to ensure that all of our teaching practices reflect best practice research in learning. At a time when everyone has a new idea about why their school is better, or what strategy makes learning faster and more sustainable, we commit ourselves to apply practice that is scientifically proven.

We know that early childhood education is characterized by a rapid growth of brain synapses. When education is stimulating, effective and individualized this growth is accelerated.

We also know that this period of rapid growth is followed by a period of pruning where the number of synapses are reduced. When children are stimulated and engaged this pruning process is significantly slower. There are critical periods and strategies that maximize the improvement of sensory and motor skills. A stimulus rich environment causes accelerated synaptic growth and brain learning.

We know that all learning is dependent upon the brain but not in isolation. Brain-based learning is built upon the principle that all learning is physiological, and it relys on all functions of the physical and neurological processes, including emotion, memory, and sensory experience.

“It makes sense to know how the greatest organ in the universe works best and to exercise it without limits.”

3Critical Thinking

Our classrooms focuss on enquiry and critical thinking. We believe that students should be challenged as well as nurtured, guided but also developed as independent learners. Research has proven what teaching strategies accelerate learning and we apply the evidence based best practice principles espoused by the worlds leading thinking practitioners such as Marzano, De Bono and Art Costa.

“Critical Thinking is the secret to succeeding. Everyone can think but the greatest leaders think critically.”

421st Century Standards and Skills

We pursue 21st century skills, standards, learning and assessment. We develop students minds, hearts and bodies, knowing that students must know information but more importantly they must be able to apply it and accomplish things with the skills and knowledge they develop.

“Higher order skills and abilities, real world problem solving skills and Global Awareness achieve higher and more relevant quality”

5Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner, of Harvard University, USA, is famous for his identification of seven distinct learning intelligences. This theory has emerged from recent cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner (1991). According to this theory, "we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences - the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains." Our school embraces the multiple intelligences to ensure the needs of all students are met and learning potential is accelerated.

“We have many different challenges to solve and many different mindsets to solve them. It makes sense to embrace every different learning style and approach to leave no stone unturned in the learning process for different kids.”


Information Communication Technology (ICT)

At Kingsgate International School we believe that ICT should be seen as an integral tool in communication, learning and management within the ever-changing context of the 21st century.

The provision of ICT will enable children and staff to use ICT whenever they feel it is appropriate, in time efficient ways and in ways that maximize learning opportunities or workplace efficiency.

ICT will allow students to enhance, reflect upon and take charge of their individual learning needs through finding, exploring, analyzing, investigating, problem solving, presenting and understanding when and how best to use ICT discriminately.

ICT is used to develop effective communication within the school community and to wider communities of families, careers and outside stakeholders. Our devices, resources and systems will connect us to others around the world.