What does Reggio mean?
Bushwillow follows the official South African CAPS (Curriculum Assessments Policy Statement) curriculum, utilizing a Reggio Emilia inspired approach. Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education originating from Italy and developed just after the second World War. The approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community, letting children learn through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.
How the Reggio inspired teaching approach is applied at Bushwillow
An example: when children learn about the history of the Strandloopers or the early Settlers it is integrated into every aspect of schooling: in Maths we could calculate distance travelled by these groups, in English we could pretend to be an early settler writing a letter to our family back home describing the wild, hostile but breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the Eastern Cape, adding sketches of the plant life and wild life they discovered along the way, while in Life Science we could build an ox wagon or visit one of the many historical landmarks we have in the area.