Thematic Curriculum: The Need of the Hour?
We all want our children to be happy and successful. Part of this requires giving them the best educational start in life. What better way to do this than offering them an education that is engaging, meaningful, and inspiring?
So Kidzonia Credence International School (KCIS) has incorporated a thematic approach to learning.
A thematic approach is a way of teaching and learning where many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme. When children are able to see how certain facts and ideas connect with other subjects, meaning is added to the curriculum. When the children are able to communicate that meaning, the learning is further reinforced. This is why the thematic approach is so effective. It allows learning to be more natural. Here the children are actively involved and learn more skills through thematic learning. Under this approach cognitive skills such as reading, thinking, memorizing, and writing are put in the context of a real-life situation under the broad aim to allow creative exploration.
- It helps children engage with the content being taught as it is based on prior knowledge and real life experiences.
- Children are actively involved.
- Keeps children engaged by making learning activities fun.
- Children are confident and motivated.
- Children develop learning skills more quickly, as each one is connected and reinforced by the other.
- Children imbibe a deeper understanding of the content.
- Extends topics beyond surface learning.
- Allows more variety with teaching methods.
- Helps children experience many different ways of learning.
- Teacher is able to be creative, authentic, and original (as well as the students)
- Allows the teacher multiple ways to assess learning.
- Develops vocabulary and comprehension skills.
- Utilizes collaborative and cooperative learning and works well with Project-Based Learning, inquiry-based and child-directed learning
- Children share the same learning goals and all are given the feeling of importance.
- Creates a community of learners.
- Use of Technology in the classroom to dig deeply into the theme.
- Compacts the curriculum.
- Children apply their learning in real-world experiences.
- It helps in promoting learning with understanding and discourages rote learning.
In Thematic Curriculum, connections across learning improve retention of content. Children, especially struggling students, need extra exposure to the challenging content and when children are reading, writing, working with, and creating about the content topics, most keep the information long term. As learning is applied to real-life situations , our students realize the value of things in life.
Children are able to experience curriculum across the different domains of learning: Cognitive Knowledge or Mental Skills, Affective Attitude or Emotions, and Psychomotor Skills or Physical Skills as themes are created in such a way that make connections cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially with learners and provide them with the opportunity to meet the objectives of all domains of learning.