2017 Learning Communities

Communities of Learners

Here at BEPS children and teachers work together as communities of learners, in fact our class organisation is based around mixed-age groupings in flexible “Learning Communities,” with core “Home Groups”. Children learn best when the learning is shared through collaborative inquiry, which helps develop a strong sense of belonging and connection to community.

A focus on philosophical thinking in “communities of inquiry” for many years at BEPS has created an ethos of deep thinking, exploration of big ideas and grappling with challenges and possibilities. This process promotes critical thinking and requires that members of the group to show respect for each other.

Children work in small groups to engage in collaborative investigation and discussion, constructing understandings, skills, and knowledge shared by the group. Each individual child in a group will then refine their own world view and create new knowledge. Within a community children learn to listen and communicate respectfully; to challenge and extend their own thinking and that of others; and to gain social confidence and the courage to speak out about things that matter to them.

Staff are involved in opportunities for coaching with the aim of developing individual and collective teaching and learning practices.

Learning Communities for 2017:

  • Triciclo (Tricycle) – Prep/Foundation: 
  • Bicicletta (Bicycle) – Years 1-2-3
  • Alveare (Hive)  – Years 1-2-3
  • Terra Verde (Green Earth) – Years 1-2-3
  • il Nido (The Nest) – Years 4-5-6
  • Su Nei Cieli (Up In The Clouds) – Years 4-5-6
  • Orizzonte (Horizon) – Years 4-5-6
  • Specialist Curiosita Team:
  • Additional Programs:
    • Garden Program – Angela – Read the Garden Program blog
    • Writing – Mel & Chris