Organisation of our education
At our school, students are divided by age. Each class has a name of a planet. Think of the names: Mars, Mercury, Saturn and Pluto. There are approximately 15 students in each group. The groups are rather small. This is a conscious choice, because we provide costumized education. Each student follows education in his/her own learning line, at his/her own level and pace. The teacher is partly supported by an assistant.
Global structure of the day
In the morning each group starts with reading instruction. The Dutch sounds are practised and there is reading. Usually each student individually, sometimes in a small group. Then we work on language and spelling. Each student has a tray that contains its own weekly schedule and workbooks. In the schedule is written what the student has to do each day and what methods are being used. Then it's time for a break. There is food, drink and playing outside. After the break, mathematics is on the program. Again, each student performs at his/her own level. After the second break in which we have lunch and also playing outside, vocabulary is on the program. With the help of a theme and fun active lessons, many words are learned to increase the vocabulary. In addition to this global daily schedule, there is also time for social-emotional development, increasing ICT skills and physical education.
Subject areas and methods
Our subject areas are vocabulary, technical reading, spelling, reading comprehension, writing, arithmetic, social emotional development, creative development, technology, music, and sports education. World orientation is not a separate subject area, but it is dealt with particularly during vocabulary lessons.