Reggio Emilia Approach

 

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.

 


 

 

 

The role of the teacher is to enable children to reach their potential in the belief that the child is competent and capable. Teachers use documentation to provide a record of learning, presenting children and teachers’ thinking as they engage in their investigations. As part of their learning, children at St Therese develop theories and wonderings through:

 

  • exploring and asking questions about their world
  • engaging in discussions
  • collaborating on shared projects
  • making their learning visible

 

Flexible learning environments inspired by Reggio Emilia acknowledge children as capable by providing them with authentic real life materials and tools. Learning spaces are designed to encourage creative expression, communication and relationships, collaboration, discovery and social responsibility. Through our Out and About program, we incorporate the principles of Reggio Emilia to engage the creativity and curiosity of the children in a natural environment.

 

Children at St Therese are strongly encouraged to make visible their thinking and develop their theories through many languages. The Hundred Languages are described as being expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphorical, logical, imaginative and relational. These Hundred Languages can be expressed through "drawings, sculpting, dramatic play, writing and painting, music and technology".

This approach encourage children to develop a passion for lifelong learning. 



An important part of Reggio Emilia inspired schools is the assembly. The children are presented with a provocation connected to their learning, usually in the form of a statement or question, and are invited to respond to this through discussion. The children are seated in a circle and share their ideas and wonderings by contributing opinions, respectfully disagreeing with others or building on comments of others. This demonstrates the power of shared discussion and also enhances skills in critical and creative thinking. 
 


Documentation
makes the learning visible to all - students, teachers and families. It shows the process of learning, enhances the learning and shares the journey with families. Documentation focuses on children's thoughts, experiences, memories and ideas and allows teachers to continuously plan authentic learning based on the children's interests. This leads to deeper learning and engagement and showcases samples of student learning to share with the school community.