Formal teaching using books and notebooks starts from the Reception Class, though the time allocated to this in Pre-school is relatively low. As children progress to higher classes in the Junior School, time spent on formal teaching gradually increases.
Formal teaching is supplemented with other teaching methods:
STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) is a ‘learning by doing’ approach in early years that Bloomfield Hall incorporates into its curriculum.
The STEM curriculum provides an activity-based, dynamic learning environment. Children are split into small groups, each with a teacher conducting a different activity for a specific time. Each group moves to the next activity after this period that keeps young minds constantly engaged. Students develop key skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and creativity through S.T.E.M
Many Junior School lessons are conducted outdoors. A major part of these involve exploring nature i.e. planting seeds, cleaning the environment, watching birds, observing insects – all to understand the importance of nature.
At Bloomfield Hall, purposeful, planned play is incorporated into its Pre-School curriculum through sensorial lessons. Its interactive nature gives children a deeper understanding of what they are learning.
Research has shown the crucial role that play has in childhood development; learning through play has been seen to promote children’s cognitive, linguistic and social development. Its role in encouraging emotional development is also vital for children’s resilience and mental health.
The projects are completed by children working in groups. Children make charts, graphs and models, conducting research on various aspects of the project. The completed projects are displayed on Report Days when parents visit the school.
Story-telling is an integral part of our Pre-School curriculum. Stories help to improve children’s listening skills, their ability to concentrate, and help spark their imagination. The story-telling teacher encourages the children to act out scenes from the story.
Story-time online with Ms. Angela Williams was an initiative taken during the pandemic lockdown which continued to provide an impactful learning experience for our young students at home.
Public speaking opportunities such as poetry recitation, plays, speeches etc. are given from a very early age to encourage and promote our children’s confidence. Our aim is to ensure that every one of our children is able to speak in public and voice their opinions with poise and fluency.
Music teaches rhythm and beat – a skill that is of life-long value. Through singing songs children acquire confidence and fluency in the language. Bloomfield Hall has produced a series of song manuals that children learn in each class in the Junior School.