Our approach to teaching and learning is one based on scientific research in the field of Educational Neuroscience with our growing understanding of how the brain likes to learn. Staff are trained in design thinking techniques with a focus on student engagement and pitching lessons at the right level to inspire our students to think and apply their knowledge. Curiosity is encouraged and each student is encouraged to discover their passion and pursue their interests.
We use the SOWATT framework in the early years programs to intentionally develop critical executive function skills in students, supporting them to be successful in school and beyond. The six executive functions that make up the SOWATT framework are: Self-regulation, Organisation, Working memory, Attention, Thinking flexibly and Thinking about thinking. We recognise the importance of strengthening these skills particularly in the 3-5 year old age group to prepare them for School and for life.
The importance of teaching skills for the future such as collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship is embodied in a range of peak experiences including a range of Project Based Learning opportunities and electives and co-curricular programs designed to spark creativity in students of all ages. From Robotics and Coding to Creative Design and the MERIT (Making, Engineering, Robotics and Innovative Technologies), program, students are encouraged to learn new skills and build their creativity.
Thinking to Learn
In the Junior School, we focus on explicitly teaching thinking skills including exercises developed by Professor Reuven Feuerstein (an internationally renowned Israeli professor of psychology) called 'Instrumental Enrichment'. A central belief of the program is that all people are open to change and takes advantage of the brain’s plasticity which is its ability to change and be modified. The program provides students with the concepts, skills, strategies, operations, and techniques necessary to function as independent learners, to diagnose and, and to help students learn how to learn.
I love learning how to code my own video game and test it on my friends.
We take complicated ideas and learn how to break them down into small parts to make it easier to understand.
My favourite lessons are when we get to use our imagination and come up with something brand new and see if we can turn it into a proper business.
The King David School acknowledges the Boon Wurrung and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as Traditional Owners of the land on which the School operates. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and to their Elders past and present.