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REQUEST A REVIEW OF KINDERGARTEN EXEMPTION FROM SPLIT-LEVEL CLASSROOM COMPOSITION

Resolution Number: 2024-5
Submitted by: Bloomfield Home and School Association

WHEREAS                 the curriculum for kindergarten classrooms is a play-based learning model; and

WHEREAS                this type of play based learning model includes a wide range of activities all of which have the concept of
play at the centre of their design; and

WHEREAS                the curriculum for the remaining grades of one through six is more of an academic model, which includes
a more structured approach to learning; and

WHEREAS                 kindergarten and grade one classrooms are currently allowed to be split; and

WHEREAS                 a kindergarten and grade one split classroom could include children between the ages of four to seven;
and

WHEREAS                 children at age four and five have quite different learning and social capabilities comparatively to a child
who is six or seven; and

WHEREAS                 in older grades the age difference is less notable; and

WHEREAS                 this split classroom model requires a teacher to teach both classes with the differing education models and
to deal with learning and social differences between the children of different ages; and

WHEREAS                 the two teaching models, of play based versus academic are not conducive to a split classroom setting due
to their vast differences in learning approaches; and

WHEREAS                 children in a grade one classroom should be in a learning setting that allows them to focus to the best of
their abilities without distraction from a competing play based learning model; and

WHEREAS                 children in kindergarten should be allowed to utilize the play-based model to the full extent without
concern for disruption to a grade one class;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation shall request that the Department of Education and Early Years Department conduct a review around the appropriateness of kindergarten being included in split classes with the intent of creating a policy that in elementary schools, split classes shall only include grades one through six.

Status: Passed
Destination:Department of Education and Early Years
Public Schools Branch


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