Primary School Curriculum – Multiaging
Multiaging is a style of classroom organisation with its basis in sound educational belief that the individual child is important and learns at his/her own pace.
At St John’s we feel that the needs of all our children can be better met through multiaging and the benefits it brings, than through traditional single level classrooms.
Multiaging gives us greater organisational flexibility, more effective planning support and workload efficiency for teachers and more varied activities for students while giving the children more time to achieve levels and consolidate learning if necessary.
Children can progress at individual rates of learning suited to their own development through differentiated instruction and learning. In the classroom, students are grouped according to their progress rather than their school chronological year. Children also develop positive attitudes to other children of different age groups and relate well to them, similar to the way they do in ‘out of school’ situations. We feel this is more natural for them.
Beliefs That Guide Multiage Teaching
- A belief in child-centred learning
- A belief that active, concrete learning experiences are essential for young children
- A belief in the whole child
- A belief in the importance of community
- A belief that many kinds of learning are essential
- A belief that human interaction, including conversation, supports rather than detracts from learning
- A belief that continuity in the school setting is of value to young children
- A belief that the traditional role of schools in society remains important
- A belief that the learner can be trusted
- A belief that the teacher is also a learner
- A belief that a wider-than-usual range of ages best supports these convictions
- A belief that children’s progress should be assessed by looking at their own growth rather than by comparing them with others in the age group.