Since our linguistic aim is to encourage the children to speak as much and as often as possible, and since our pedagogical objective is to support the development of reasoning and logic, the active teaching of social and natural sciences is the obvious activity allowing to develop both competences. Active teaching means that the students, instead of watching their teacher doing things, are allowed to be active themselves, to develop their hypotheses and to create their own experiences. Thanks to the Promethan Activeboards, all experiences can be photographed or filmed, annotated and commented upon.
Interactive is a word often used but seldom clearly defined. In an interactive pedagogical setting, the pupil can directly modify the parameters of a model in order to observe the result of his intervenion and thus understand the mechanism of the phenomenon. He can also participate in the development of the design of the experiment and in the summing-up of the results, following a trial and error process. “Interactive” means that the pupil sees and understands the modifications resulting from his action or his hypothesis. Thanks to computer models, interactivity has really become possible for young children.
Our school program is organised within the framework of three-week modules. This allows us to optimize teaching by connecting lesson-contents with one another (children will not learn about Ancient Greece in History while they study American Geography). Further, this planification makes it possible to organize a “spiral curriculum”, in which all important topics are reviewed at least three times in different contexts. Last but not least, the tests given at the end of the modules are reproducible and thus permit to evaluate the efficiency of the teaching and to improve it.