Vision & Design

Primary School 't Startblok acts according to the principles of Group Dynamic Education, where the following matters are important:

Just and pleasantly interact with each other

We achieve this by creating a safe environment for children, parents and team members. Respect for the background of all children is the starting point. We use agreements that apply to all children. In the weekly "Socio circle" we talk about the atmosphere in the classroom and for the week that follows the children choose an improvement rule for the group. To ensure that children interact with each other, we use the "effective conflict management" and there are two colleagues (behavior specialists) who have the task of conflict counselor. They monitor incidents that are registered and enter into discussions with children, and possibly parents, if there is a pattern.

Every child is part of it

The 'Socio circle' and the 'Socio board' are resources that are used for this purpose. For more explanation, please refer to the Group Dynamic Education Appendix.

Rich play-learning behavior (educational)

Primary School 't Startblok offers a challenging learning environment that encourages children to play and learn together. To encourage collaboration, the children are divided in groups of 4 or 5 regularly changing their composition. We pay a lot of attention to a broad development of children and achieve this by looking at the talents of the children. They become acquainted with a wide training and educational offer and work on the development of 21st-century skills, using various forms of work (including thematic work).

Our education is organized as much as possible in year groups, in which children of about the same age act together.

In groups 1 and 2 we work in themes that are in line with the experiences of young children. We use the kindergarten square method (Kleuterplein methode) for this. The program connects to the toddler square method, which is used in the toddler groups of our Spindle partner Korein Keverberg. Together we offer a VVE program (Pre- and Early Child Education) for children aged from 2.5 to 6 years. Playing and discovering learning and creating a rich play-learning environment are the starting points of our actions. We follow the development of toddlers and preschoolers with the observation system KIJK! 0-7 years.

In groups 3 to 8 a basic program is followed for each subject and training area that all pupils follow. In the morning, attention is mainly paid to mathematics, reading, spelling, language and reading comprehension. We work with the Direct Instruction model. Through this model the subject matter can be offered differentiated: there are pupils who follow a brief instruction and then can work independently, other students follow the entire instruction. There is also a group of children who follow the extended instruction and / or supervised practice. In this way, the teacher can tailor the offer as well as possible to the educational needs of the pupil. From group 4 onwards, the children work with an iPad in the field of Calculation - Mathematics. This is used, in combination with the workbook, to be able to adapt even better to the area of ​​close development and the educational needs of the child.

In the afternoons we work as much as possible thematically and include subjects such as nature, world orientation, history, drawing and craftsmanship. The iPads are also used here. For example, looking up information or making a presentation. Gymnastics, technique and music are taught by subject teachers.

Task-oriented, discovering and collaborative learning

We find it important that children are involved in their own learning process. For this reason pupil and teacher regularly look together at targets that are being worked on. Increasingly we make them aware that they own and also share responsibility for what they learn. Through the use of cooperative methods and thematic work, children are given the opportunity to learn in a discovering and cooperative way. Independence and self-management are very important to us here.

Learning outcomes

We aim for optimal learning outcomes for every child. We achieve this by creating a good pedagogic climate, making differentiation in the curriculum and making children co-responsible for their development. We do this, among other things, by talking to the children about the goals they are going to work on. We work with 'target walls' and 'target scripts' to give children insight into their learning process and to promote (intrinsic) motivation. We pay a lot of attention to the quality of our education, because: Good education matters!

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