Employing Labs as an Opportunity to Learn and Experiment

Music teaching at MILE School is highly innovative and offers a course that develops over eight years (primary and middle), which has a single thread that runs through it: to learn a unique language, that of the emotions. Music activities are carried out in a dedicated lab, where there is traditional music teaching along with the possibility of experimenting with the more modern Music Technology.

The course of study for Music starts in the two year period in primary school, where students learn to use the Orf music teaching instruments. They also learn to play simple percussions to learn rhythm, followed by the Glockenspiel, which literally means “the sound of bells”, a metal musical instrument similar to a vibraphone that has a 3 octave range. Beginning with the sixth year class, students will learn to accompany on guitar as part of the school curriculum.

At MILE School, students don’t just learn science from books they also carry out experiments. For this reason, the school has created a dedicated space, the Science Lab, with all the necessary tools and instruments, for example, microscopes, test tubes, observational lenses, etc.

MILE School’s scientific laboratory, which is managed by a biologist, is an integral part of the annual teaching program. It is used to teach the activities included in the direct experience of carrying out experiments. Because carrying out experiments is a fundamental component of the learning process. It allows the students to observe and reflect on the various aspects of the natural world, and on the interactions between living organisms. Through experience and practice, MILE School students develop their ability to observe critically, which is indispensable to understanding everyday phenomena and for carrying out and sharing experiments with the class.

Technology Lab course will be taught by a teacher specialised in innovative teaching techniques. This person will engage classes VI, VII, and VIII, by experimenting new solutions based on multichannel teaching, in “real word”, based on challenges, games, and various languages.

The aim of this course is to help students develop competencies, metacognitive faculties, and to teach them to express themselves and be able to narrate using technology rather than concentrate on individual content. The innovative program based on talking scenes, which will be carried out in class VIII will prepare students for the final exam.

“What distinguishes this laboratory from everyone else’s is its approach” Bruno Munari

Before they are old enough to go to school, children learn while playing. The school system often imposes on children to abandon spontaneous learning processes such as improvising, building, and representing the world visually.

The Bruno Munari laboratory (edited by Munaria®) is something that needs to be experienced directly because only the workshop participants can gain a full understanding of the concept that underpins this philosophy: to think with your hands. For 15 years, MILE School has dedicated time and space to educating children’s creative design thinking and for this reason has activated three laboratories employing Bruno Munari’s Method in its educational offer for children: two of them dedicated to pre-school – MILE Kids Kindergarten and Reception students; and one dedicated to MILE School Primary students.

The first workshop is dedicated to three-year-old children from MILE Kids Kindergarten and consists of a multi-sensory laboratory dedicated to discovering the materials that make up the world using all the senses at our disposal, which are not five but many more. The second workshop is aimed at children between the ages of four and five, who continue to explore materials and start experimenting with the basic techniques of visual communication: shape, sign, colour, and texture. The third workshop is for MILE School Primary students to live experiences dedicated to understanding basic design, where the teaching both transmits and simultaneously generates a body of knowledge. Children attend the workshop weekly in groups of up to ten children.