Very much student oriented, stimulating in a unique way development of self-confidence, curiosity and creativity as well as authentic self-evaluation
Unique combination of selected photographs of world-famous art and artists, and stimulating associations with simple everyday life examples
Unconventional introduction of knowledge about different arts, techniques and materials, combined with questions aimed at individual understanding of practical aspects. No tasks or assignments in the textbook - student cards and other work materials included in the package contain them.
The package of books and teacher's guide represents a very high standard of production. The quality of printing, colorfulness of included materials, cards, stickers, etc., and the attractive layout are impressive.
The course design continues to rely on the 2 main characters - Anna and Benno. They allow children to relate easily to context situations, and to identify themselves with the gender roles.
The separate book with films and sensory games stimulates learning by using not only verbal language but also body language, and encourages kids' imagination (draw silhouettes, experiment with shadows - "Good morning Sun", etc.).
The material is based on a constructive learner-centred project work concept aimed at social skills and cooperative learning, enabling the pupils to develop creativity as well as raise their emotional awareness.
The package provides a wide range of varied and age appropriate activities from "Explore the world", "Let's get to work" to "let's work together" which combine practical tasks and intellectual activities as well as games.
Very explicit (e.g. contextualisation, cognitive development, hints to digital materials, etc.) and well-structured and easy-to-use teacher´s manual; ´contains templates for consolidating tests and a final evaluation.
Gradual progression is realized on many levels of the material, from the textbook for grade 1 being nearly exclusively speech-based and teaching Latin letters to widening the scope of the books' world both in complexity and culturally through the grades.
Multi-sensory activities are provided, thus addressing different styles of learning and
motor skills development. Digital resources enrich and enlarge the scope of learning and teaching opportunities.
Exercise instructions are simple and clear, interactive tasks and assignments stimulate pair and group work, accelerate development of both communication and social skills, and offer differentiation opportunities.
Both the materials and the textbook provide a rich combination of basic text, variety of activities, differentiation opportunities, learning strategies, and online resources. The employed approach based on developing of transferable skills and competencies is consistent.
The material is very research-oriented: it promotes the development of cognitive skills, critical and scientific thinking and is also motivating and exciting for students.
There is a good balance between text and illustrations: pages are well-structured, text is broken into smaller chunks, illustrations are interesting and engaging.
Students learn effectively through the minicomputer about pixel images, animations, sound, how paper can be used to make a special atmosphere, the use of colours, the sending of messages etc. and also how to do this on the computer.
This is an innovative and effective approach to teaching programming, using a controlled setting with a micro-computer
Convincing motivation using computer applications from every-day life (and beyond the smartphone or the desktop computer).
Well-structured chapters and themes/topics are combined with a great variety of learning tasks, differentiation opportunities, assignments, group and individual work, and "step by step" activities.
Student oriented and competencies based, the three textbooks develop in a coherent way transferable skill, and stimulate critical thinking, research abilities and social skills by employing an active learning approach.
'Step by step' chapters build important skills and competencies related to history (map use, building a timeline, internet research, analyzing artefacts and primary sources) while smaller units develop cognitive skills (empathy, teamwork, critical thinking).
An unusual but impressive mix of working with various texts, development of critical and reflective thinking, general 'life insights' and career guidance.
The topics (body image, social media, mental health) and the texts are very well-chosen: rising above the usual clichés, thought-provoking and engaging for the age-group, presenting various sides and viewpoints, complex yet easily understandable.
Students are given practical guidance on how to work with texts presenting complicated, multi-layered topics, which develops transferable skills of critical reading and reflection.
The methodological approach of the material suitably takes into account the target audience as it offers a continuous alternation between the strictly philosophical point of view on a given theme and that of children, sometimes usefully pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of ideas.
The attractive cover, the refined rawness of the page layout as well as the illustrations, give the printed material a genuine a stylish approach which suits the contents.
Successful attempt to base thinking and learning on very general questions and answers by philosophers for children.