At SLBS is not only defined as a place where students study, but also as a collective learning community and a place of education for all. Everyone who enters this space is using their own life experiences to interpret education. As a result the Little Bridge hosts three sets of curriculums: the Student Curriculum, the Teacher Curriculum and the Parent Curriculum.
At Shanghai Little Bridge School, the curriculum is the sum of student's life on campus. All the experiences the children have in school, including what they see, hear, taste, hear and feel, are all part of the curriculum. This broad sense of what a curriculum can mean includes four primary dimensions: the campus environment, the language system, the subject-based classrooms and pedagogical research. The campus environment motivates children with an atmosphere of free exploration. The language system precisely expresses our values and training objectives. The subject-based classrooms emphasize borderless, inquiry-based learning. Pedagogical research will ensure the professional and iterative development of the curriculum.
SLBS curriculum focuses on three key areas of learning: character, scientific literacy and aesthetic accomplishments. Character is the foundation for taking initiative and cultivating children's characters requires many elements including helping them form strong characters, optimistic spirits, adventurous attitudes, and a grateful mentality. On this basis, a child should be able to develop the parallel abilities of rationality and aesthetic intelligence. The former refers to scientific literacy and the ability to deal with problems with scientific thinking, while the latter refers to the ability to experience beauty and create beauty. In the future, artificial intelligence is likely to help solve most quantitative problems and replace such professions. As such, having a set of balanced reasoning and aesthetic abilities will become the most competitive advantage for children to develop.
The content of the Little Bridge curriculum will be based on national courses using existing courses from Pinghe, while also including additional special courses which match the Little Bridge education philosophy, including subjects such as Chinese characters, the history of science, culinary education, English-based theatre, folk music, swimming, and philosophy for children. The overall classroom organization approach will adopt project-based learning (PBL) methods, and an integrated model focused on the learning community and interdisciplinary studies which can help break down the gaps between the classroom and real life, and thereby give children more opportunities to utilize their knowledge from various subjects to solve real world problems. With such a learning model, teachers withdraw from being the center of the classroom, while students move in to become classroom leaders. The result is that students are more motivated to learn and develop their problem-solving abilities.