THEME BASED LEARNING
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”.
As stated by DFES 2003, “Children learn better when they are excited and engaged.” Such is the approach sought by the teachers nowadays, i.e Theme based learning.
Now the question is what exactly theme based learning is?? The Theme Based Approach is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme and that is what we do in the pre-primary wing of Jaipuria. Using themes while working with young children has been popular since John Dewey, an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer
who first proposed that the curriculum should be related to real-life experiences.
Thematic units are common in preschool classes since preschool children learn through interactive, hands-on activities. Children are able to relate to real-world experiences and build on prior knowledge of a topic.
A thematic way to deal with instructing includes incorporating every single branch of knowledge together under one subject. It enables kids to relate essential scholarly abilities to true thoughts. Themes help us to weave the design that brings in the structure to the whole of our approach. They intertwine the different methodologies which make learning experience meaningful for the child.
Through theme, children get to understand their own unique strengths, explore multiple ways of learning and also use the skills that they have been acquiring through Montessori methodology.
Through skillful planning the curriculum integrates into a framework that helps children to be introduced to life skills, academic skills, understanding one’s own unique skills, critical thinking and ample of opportunities are provided for children to learn social, cognitive, emotional and physical development which are recognized as equally valuable assets which are reflected in our curriculum.
And we at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School use different teaching strategies such as the circle time, compare and contrast, reading, learning for writing and inductive learning. Teachers create opportunities for the Common Core Standards to be met in an organic way while encouraging critical thinking, deep reflections and hands on activities that back up students’’ hypothesis and predictions.