14/ 06/ 2019
Oh Sneaky Sam! It is a catch phrase commonly heard in ILR spaces, and while the 4 key ILR characters help to make learning fun, their purpose runs far deeper. Academic skills are important, we all get that. There are strong links between literacy levels and future successes and as we move closer toward the knowledge economy, higher literacy levels will be a defining factor in employability across all sectors. How then, do we equip today’s children with skills for tomorrow to help them thrive in a 21st Century society where they may be called on to collaborate, manage their time and emotions, think creatively, inquire, be risk takers and communicate effectively?
The ILR program is unique in its development of its 4 key characters to future proof our children and foster not just academic skills, but elements of creative and critical thinking - essential ‘soft skills’. In doing so, social and emotional skills are nurtured as children journey with their learning.
Curious Clyde is a puppy with purpose who searches for clues and helps children grow in confidence as they learn, encouraging collaboration. Sneaky Sam always mixes things up, to help children apply their understanding to learning and transition their learning from familiar to unfamiliar contexts. Miss Quokka builds grit and determination as she encourages children to never give up and work hard, right to the end; Miss Quokka never quits. Gopher Green solves problems with creativity and challenges the children to do so, likewise.
ILR – where the intentional fostering of foundational skills and fun collide to create learning for the future!