PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL)

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a method of teaching in which students gain knowledge, skills and competencies by working on various projects where they are to question, investigate, research and/or design and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem and/or challenge.

Why Project-Based Learning (PBL)?

  • Makes school engaging for students.
  • Improves learning.
  • Builds 21st-century skills for university, career, and life, such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, problem solving and effective communication.
  • Provides opportunities for students to use technology in meaningful ways.
  • Makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding.
  • Connects students and schools with communities and the real world.
  • Promotes educational equity.

Student voice and choice: Every student is recognised as a unique individual with the ability, ambition and desire to learn and grow beyond what she or he thought was possible.

High academic standards: Participation in Olympiads and expos that facilitate access to global information and institutions.

Problem-solving: Self-exploratory approach and development of solutions relating to real life problems.

Leadership: Structured leadership development that includes academic seminars, campus roles and reflection.

Our leadership and entrepreneurship programme will include three elements:

  • personal leadership capabilities, such as self-awareness, psycho-social stability, time management, goal-setting and planning;
  • people leadership which is a focus on leading others and leading teams; and
  • entrepreneurship.
1. Our Instructional model in Pre-school and Primary school
  • Future Nation Pre-schools model creates a solid foundation in pre-school that helps children to become self-motivated, self-disciplined and to retain the sense of curiosity. The focus is on the child as a person, not on the daily lesson plan. FNP’s ultimate objective is to help the students to learn independently and to retain the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born. The Montessori methodology used in the Pre-schools aligns with the PBL methodology used in both Primary and High school.
  • The Primary school model is where the student is introduced to the project-based learning process. The language of learning and teaching for Mathematics and Life Skills is English with isiZulu as the first additional language. Primary school introduces the integration of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems and physical manipulation of equipment for skills and motor development.
2. Our Instructional model High school

The following is key in our learning and teaching process:

  • We understand that in order to prepare our students for the modern world, they need to develop skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Our teachers practise integrated teaching and collaborate to integrate the curriculum across the various subject areas.
  • Our students are taught and helped to master the curriculum content while developing their skills and their characters through Project-Based Learning.
  • We have a strong focus on English, Mathematics and Science.
  • We have integrated Computing, (Coding and Robotics), African Studies, Leadership and Entrepreneurship into our curriculum.
3. Future Nation Cross-cutting success factors
  • Educating with a vision and around a core set of values and principles.
  • Continuous teacher development, reflection, feedback and management programmes.
  • Hiring ambitious and inspiring teachers who have a deep passion and commitment for student development.
  • Project-Based Learning: linking the curriculum to everyday life.
  • Using integrated learning techniques, for example, linking what has been taught in history into the language class, or creating a play about scientific concepts.
4. Our position on language
  • The primary language of instruction is English and students have a choice between Mandarin and isiZulu as the First Additional Language in Pre-school and isiZulu or Afrikaans in Primary and High school.
  • We understand the critical importance of reading and writing from a young age. Our students must achieve competencies in reading for comprehension, teamwork, design thinking, creative writing, creative arts, whilst practising high ethical standards and responsibility. 
5. Our position on technology in schools
  • Future Nation Schools plays a pioneering role by introducing and using technology to aid and strengthen learning and teaching from Primary school to High school.
  • From Foundation Phase Future Nation Schools introduces elements of computer programming.

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