Our Teaching Philosophy

  • Arden Academy believes that less is more. There is not an emphasis on homework or stressful base line testing and examinations in the primary school. Focused learning and small classes, allow teachers to monitor progress through a variety of methods. Learners are more emotionally mature to handle formal assessments in their high school years.

 

  • Classrooms are not set up with traditional rows and tables but instead are constructed to encourage movement and flexibility in the classroom setting. The indoor and outdoor facilities promote a unique approach to teaching and learning.

 

  • Learners are initially assessed through a variety of methods and are provided with their own Individualised Education Plan (IEP). This process is facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team and progress is regularly monitored. Arden Academy believes that children at mainstream level can be taught with learners that present with learning challenges.

 

  • The curriculum has an eclectic approach, drawing from best practice global teaching methodologies, and is also CAPS- aligned. A selection of activities such as Baking &Cooking, Physical Education and Drama is included in the school morning curriculum.

 

  • Arden Academy has an open door policy and parents are encouraged to meet with teachers for termly feedback. It is essential to partner with families to help each child develop to the best of their potential.

 

  • All Arden Academy teachers are skilled and qualified professionals. They are dedicated to facilitating the growth and development of children. Trained, experienced and nurturing teacher assistants are available in the baby and toddler sections of the school. The staff is constantly committed to improving their teaching and childcare skills, by attending a variety of regular courses.

Children…

“Children speak the language of flowers and understand the whispers of the wind.

 

They’re in tune with the subtle songs of the forest; they can listen to the trees, interpret the chatter of  the rivers, and intuit the meaning of each sparkle of sun.

 

They don’t have to be told to look for the magic in life.  They can see it, feel it, and taste its sweetness everywhere.

 

Our job isn’t to correct that, but to nurture it, to preserve it, and perhaps even to re-learn it.”

 

– Christen Rogers