Content education

The curriculum that is described in the core objectives of primary education is divided into 8 years. 

Groups 1 and 2

In the kindergarten groups different forms of work alternate: circle activities, corner work, play and movement activities.
The Kindergarten Square method (Kleuterplein methode) is thematically designed and focuses on the following development areas within the themes:

  • Language and vocabulary;
  • Preparing to count;
  • Motor skills;
  • World orientation;
  • Social and emotional development;
  • Music.

By creating a rich play environment, toddlers can fully develop at our school.

Groups 3 to 8

From group 3 education is offered in subject areas during which as much as possible in project form is used, during the afternoon hours, to increase the involvement of the children.

We use the following methods on Primary School ‘t Startblok.

Work independently

We find it important that children learn to work independently. Working independently is a gradual process that is built up step-by-step and according to a continuous line from group 1. Clear agreements within the school are of essential importance.

21st Century ICT skills

Primary School ’t Startblok prepares children well for life in the digital 21st century. Children who now go to our school may later have professions that do not even exist at the moment. In addition, social contacts are increasingly taking place via digital media. It is therefore important that we teach children to deal with this as well as possible.

Primary School ’t Startblok has modern equipment to give ICT education a good shape. All rooms are equipped with a digital school board, a number of computers (with the toddlers equipped with touchscreens), work is started with tablets in the classroom and this school year we have a 3D printer. In the higher groups children are introduced with the programs Word and Powerpoint. In addition, the higher groups also pay attention to the use of internet and Social Media.

Tablets

In groups 4 to 8 the Calculation - Mathematics course uses iPads for processing and practicing the subject. Every child works on their own iPad. The tablets give us even more possibilities to respond to the different learning needs of individual children. The teacher closely follows the learning process and can therefore directly connect to the personal level of the children. Students themselves also have more insight into their learning process and receive immediate feedback on the subject they are working on. This makes them more involved and increases the learning pleasure. In groups 1 to 3 the iPads are used when working in corners. In the school year 2018-2019 we will also start working on the iPad for the field spelling.

Technique

We believe in the importance of science and technology, for now and in the future. Our aim is to enrich, inspire and amaze children through technology education. The lessons are provided by Mad Science teachers, actively assisted by the group teacher. Groups 1 to 8 receive a technique lesson every two weeks.

This school year we focus, together with Korein, on setting up a discovery laboratory where children can experiment and learn to their heart's content!

Music

Once every two weeks, a teacher from the Center for the Arts Eindhoven provides music lessons in groups 1 to 8.

School library

Spindle Center Keverberg has its own library. Children between the ages of 0 and 13 may borrow books for use at home and at school. This is done under the guidance of parents or our volunteer Louise Biermans.

Homework

We think it is important that children can play well after school. Therefore, we do not give homework in groups 3 to 6. To teach children how to plan and get used to making homework, we start in group 7. The children get an agenda and the teacher teaches them how to fill it. Parents are informed about this during an information evening at the start of the school year.

Agreements about giving homework:

  • Children from group 7: twice a week;
  • Children from group 8: daily;
  • Children up to and including group 6: in principle they do not receive homework, except for practicing topography.

Parents are asked to help the children in a playful way with practicing the multiplication tables (from group 4) and reading (from group 3). Parents are informed about this during an information evening at the start of the school year.

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