The role of the learner, the teacher and the parent
Inspired by a creative 21st-century progressive approach to early childhood education, we take the National curriculum's best and combine it with other best practices in our progressive, emerging curriculum. We continuously update our pedagogy based on the latest educational research provided by our academic partner, Whale Learning Group. Together, we educate children who will change the world.
8 key concepts of our curriculum
Key 1. Holistic learning and development
We view children as unique individuals with their ideas, thoughts and needs, and we, therefore, prioritize children’s wellbeing, both physical and emotional, along with building their competencies. We foster their participation and autonomy, teach them how to take care of themselves and others and develop their social-emotional abilities to learn the skills for life.
Key 2. Sustainable practices
We believe that all aspects of education should involve lasting and caring practices for the community. Sustainability encompasses many areas of life, from social practices like incorporating the local culture and teaching children compassion, to ecological considerations like developing children’s relationship with nature and their willingness to actively care for the environment.
Key 3. The importance of teachers and leaders
At TWS, we firmly believe that teachers matter. We recognize them as educators and as experts in their fields. The curriculum is only as good as the teacher's delivery, so all teachers should be well-trained in research-based methods and engage in ongoing teacher training and development to deliver quality education. Through our training, teachers become independent, creative professionals confident in their skills and capable of collaborating and building professional relationships with parents & learners.
Key 4. Play-based & Phenomenon-based learning approach
Play is the most natural way for children to learn, and it's a prerequisite for their development. Children display their overall development during play, even performing at a level above their developmental stage because they are motivated to learn and unafraid to take risks. At WIT Schools, our curriculum and teachers know how to foster play and enrich these critical opportunities for further learning. We also value the intrinsic value of play and prioritize free play without adult involvement.
Key 5. Learning happens
everywhere and all the time
Children’s learning is not limited to specific activities or the classroom. Rather, every situation and moment is a chance to learn something new! At WIT Schools, teachers are trained to recognize these moments and increase learning opportunities. We also designed the learning spaces based on educational research to foster these moments because the environment also plays an important role in the children’s everyday learning experiences.
Key 6. The social experience of learning
Knowledge is socially constructed, which means that children learn through their relationships with others. Building a sense of community, peer learning and developing meaningful relationships with other children and trusted adults are key elements of the HEI Schools pedagogy. Through these moments, children learn the social-emotional skills necessary to express themselves and effectively interact with others in all types of situations.
Key 7. Learning through exploration
Children also learn through guided exploration, achieved by completing projects. "Inquiry-based learning," is part of our educational approach, and it involves a collaborative effort between children and teachers. Teachers are trained to carefully observe children's questions, wonderings and interests and to use these clues to guide the learning. Children, in turn, exercise their agency by choosing project themes, asking questions and exploring new subjects with their teachers.
Key 8.Transversal skills and learning areas
Lifelong learning begins in the early years, and transversal competencies combine knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and the ability to use such knowledge in different situations. At HEI Schools, we teach children how to apply their current knowledge in new contexts through playful methods, movement, exploration, daily routines and self-expression so that they become confident learners capable of adapting to and transforming any setting.