The La Scuola curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate - Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP), a proven, rigorous curriculum that fosters inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, who develop a life-long joy of learning. The IB-PYP helps students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that they need to excel not only academically but also in their personal lives. Learn more about the IB-PYP here.
To best achieve this for all students, the learning environment at La Scuola is:
Across all subject areas students are invited to investigate through structured and purposeful inquiry, in line with the IB-PYP curriculum framework. Students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions, explore and interact with the environment physically, socially and intellectually. This ensures students are actively engaged in their own learning: they are learning how to learn (metacognition).
Students engage with the curriculum in the traditional subject areas. However, teaching is not confined to teaching subjects in isolation. Students engage in learning through units of inquiry around a central idea, where learning requires students to develop knowledge and skills across a number of subject areas.
La Scuola’s teaching and learning philosophy is inspired by the experience of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Drawing on theorists Jean Piaget, John Dewey, and Lev Vygotsky, educators in Italy after World War II created a program based on socio-constructivism, the belief that knowledge is constructed through interactions and relationships with others and with the environment. Children learn best through hand-on exploration and through interactions with their peers and adults in their surroundings. Children organize what they have learned through a process of reflecting, revisiting, and reworking their ideas. They communicate their learning through symbolic representation in many different "languages": the Hundred Languages of Children, as Loris Malaguzzi said. The hundred languages are the endless number of children’s potentials and the many ways they wonder, inquire and learn. Read more about the Reggio Emilia approach.
Students and teachers work together to develop goals and strategies to improve learning. Learning often involves group activities focused on skills for leadership, social interaction and problem solving.
Students are encouraged to engage with significant ideas, providing a context where students can develop conceptual understandings, whilst also acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Learning experiences are differentiated to accommodate the range of abilities and learning styles of all students. Teachers use a variety of assessment strategies and tools to provide information about student learning, which is used to inform instruction.