Building Confident Learners
12th February 2020
Building confident young learners requires a combination of passionate teaching, inspiring learning spaces and strong and supportive relationships, according to Prep Teachers Kim Wilson and Kate Ward.
“We know that children learn best when they feel comfortable and happy,” said Kate. “We work to create a full experience of creative learning, supported by the development of genuine relationships with our parents and families.”
A step inside the Prep classrooms at Townsville Grammar School’s North Shore Campus will reveal a colourful and dynamic environment. “A well-arranged and ordered environment influences how children feel and behave,” said Kate. “It also encourages them to develop organisational skills and to consider others. We focus on calm and tidiness - which is often a challenge, believe me,” laughs Kate.
Kim says the physical environment of the Prep precinct is one in which the children confidently navigate. “We work to continuously improve our teaching and play spaces to keep the children curious and inspired,” said Kim.
“We maximise their learning experience inside the classroom through the use of colour and texture and the creation of themed spaces. Our outdoor area includes a vegie patch, sunflower garden, great play equipment and loads of green space for the children to run around and explore.
“These spaces are the foundation for learning, where children develop confidence and want to be involved in the learning experience.”
As a teaching team, Kim and Kate believe the learning environment must be supported by a culture of genuine care. “Connection with students is paramount to ensuring a safe and happy environment,” said Kate. “A very important factor in this is parent involvement. Our parents are encouraged to be involved in the life of our school community, and this makes a difference to the child’s learning experience. We understand that parents cannot always attend events or be involved in the classroom, so we talk with each family about how we can all engage in a way that suits.”
Townsville Grammar School’s education program begins with Pre-Prep, delivered in the Early Education Centres located at each Junior School Campus.
Principal of Townsville Grammar School, Mr Timothy Kelly, said the design of the Pre-Prep and Prep precincts at the Junior Schools was purposeful. “Our learning spaces inspire imagination, creativity, investigation, and ultimately, a love of learning,” said Mr Kelly. “This is where the learning journey begins, and it is vital that we capture students’ imagination and instil a sense of wonder for learning as early as possible.”