The shift to a village philosophy has seen the establishment of learning environments and an approach that has a greater emphasis on personalising the learning progress of each individual child. This personalised approach to learning is based on the foundational belief that every child is unique and has an individual pattern and timing for growth.
Our villages (with the exception of Foundation) comprise of children of various ages across a two-year span. The Villages have been given names that reflect important attributes of what it means to be an inquirer.
Each class will continue to have a core class teacher that remains the same, and each class will continue to have students of mixed abilities.
Unlike classrooms in a traditional setting that are set up as Silos, our new Village spaces are designed to foster much greater connections across all classes. This structure also enables strong collaboration for teachers within the teaching teams. Research tells us that greater teacher collaboration and student connections, leads to improved student academic outcomes and wellbeing.
Redeemer’s pedagogical philosophy has an intentional focus on personalised learning and identifying individualized pathways based on each students’ point of need. In the past twelve months this has seen the completed construction of four innovative and purposefully designed Village Learning environments that align strongly with the Village Learning philosophy.
While each village is uniquely designed to meet the developmentally appropriate needs of learners, there are a number of consistent design elements across each village. These include; Imaginariums for ideation, creation and collaboration; Village Squares for whole village community gatherings; Break-out Spaces enabling intervention and extension experiences; Watering Holes for small group collaboration experiences, Guru spaces for independent learning, teacher collaboration spaces; pop up libraries areas, and purposefully designed and flexible whole class learning spaces. In the Village Learning environments all students have access to the most advanced technology with 1:1 devices, 3D printers, laser cutters, drones, VR goggles and Robotics. Our students are richly resourced with personalised digital technologies with students in Foundation, Year 1 and 2 having access to iPad learning. Students in Years 3 to 6 are given their own personal laptop computer (which is not an additional charge) to elevate and mobilise their learning across the curriculum.
One of most appealing features of the School’s new Masterplan is the new Learning Plaza that powerfully and purposefully amplifies learning by being a multiple purpose environment which can be used as a café space, break out spaces for multiple classes simultaneously, gallery space, exhibition space, guest speaker and/or presentation space.
Emulating the agile environment of our Australian Education Award winning Innovators Village (constructed in 2018), each village has a number of breakout spaces which are used for 1 to 1 activities, intervention and extension programs, small group work and collaborative learning. Having purpose-built environments allows for innovative teaching and learning to occur, which greatly enhances each individual child’s development.