Playford College adopts both single and multi-age classes. In 2018 both the Junior school (Reception to Year 6) and the Middle school (Years 7 to 9) will operate. The school is growing towards a goal of double stream, meaning two classes at each year level. During its initial growth phase it will be necessary to operate single and multi-age classes until the enrolment goal is reached.
- Our classroom structures support our understanding of how and where students learn best.
- Teachers concentrate and celebrate what children can do, rather than what they can’t do. This reduces fear of failure and builds confidence.
- Competition is minimised within the classroom. Acknowledging difference reduces the desire to make comparisons with other children and as a result, children are always ready to ‘have a go’.
- Children are allowed to make choices and express themselves in many ways. Creative activities are common.
- Children’s ideas are welcomed and can be tried out. This builds self-esteem and promotes learning.
- Freedom of choice and exploration of many ideas, makes learning an exciting and real part of children’s lives.
- From year one, children enter a class where there are older children, so settling in is much easier. Older children are often delighted to help younger ones, and this helps them to feel worthwhile and important.
- Children mix freely and are encouraged to work and play together. They learn the joys of cooperation, which leads to good citizenship.