How the childhood today differs from the past?
Children today are growing up in a world far different from even a decade ago, children are much more aware of their surroundings and the world around them and arrive at school with a rich understanding of their world. What might have been applicable lessons and styles of teaching in previous years are no longer pertinent, and ‘traditional’ pedagogical methods of teaching may be inappropriate in today’s society, no longer holding any relevance for the children we are nurturing and teaching today. It is no longer about teachers teaching and children learning; we are in a time when exploratory and creative teaching can develop and motivate teachers and pupils at the same time. We are living in a culturally diverse society and as such are teaching and pedagogy should reflect this, enabling all children to develop and enhance their knowledge through a cross-curricular inclusive curriculum. The daily lives of children should be central to curriculum decisions and planning, lessons and teaching needs to link to their own knowledge and understanding of the world around them and the experiences that they have had, applying creative and skilful teaching can build on this existing knowledge by adding new knowledge and enriching those experiences.