Integrated education

Integrated education is a modern method which links school subjects based on their topics, case analyses, and discussions of various phenomena. Integrated education makes it possible to create a seamless image of the world, to link the basic skills (covering all primary education disciplines) and general skills – self-expression, communication skills, approaches to learning, creativity, etc.

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The system of thematic integration

The core of integration of the “Rainbow” textbook teaching material is the topics of the world cognition (the introduction to the natural and the social environment) indicated in the Primary Education curriculum.

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Adaptation of integration and teaching methods

The main purpose of the “Rainbow” textbook is to combine traditional teaching of subjects with thematic integration. Students need to acquire basic reading, writing, computing and other abilities, thus it is essential to keep up with the subjects taught in school. During the integration process, it is important to cover the topics in accordance to the requirements of each subject’s methodology, which ensures an efficient compliance of the Primary Education curriculum.

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Textbook pack “Rainbow”

The “Rainbow” covers the content of the integrated education of the primary school grades 1–4. The textbook pack is approved by the Ministry of Education and Science as suitable for use in the educational process.

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Project activities

The goal of integrated education is to teach children to apply general and basic abilities in exploring, discussing real-life phenomena, and creatively solving problems. All this is best achieved in project activities. At the end of each month, a project summarizing the weekly topic is implemented. Projects can be related to both social and environmental issues.

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Natural sciences investigations

Elementary schools have received some equipment for natural sciences investigations. The teaching material which complements the textbook, offers various methods of utilizing the equipment. The goal is to integrate natural sciences into a more comprehensive topic analysis.

Learning outside the school

In order to make the subject matter of the textbook more tangible, relatable, and reflective of real-life phenomena, it would be appropriate to organise some of the lessons outside school – to museums, parks or reservoirs, cultural events, surrounding companies or governmental institutions.

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Integrating through constructing robots

In order to bring informal extra-curricular education closer to formal education, we suggest finalising each topic with practical work – constructing robots. “The Robotics Academy”, based on the integrated material presented in “Rainbow”, has developed scripts that allow each integrated topic to be completed with the creation of a robot. By linking formal and non-formal education, students can better understand how their knowledge and skills are used, how they can be applied to the world surrounding them.

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Translations into other languages

Several parts of the textbook have already been translated into English, Ukrainian.

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We are building a community

As the integrated education methodology is still under development, it is very important to build on the experience of teachers who use it. We are cordially inviting colleagues working with “Rainbow” to share their victories and discoveries, work together on solutions to teaching-related problems, and discuss topic-specific issues of modern primary education, such as how to assess pupils' integrated learning abilities. Therefore, we invite the most active teachers of “Rainbow” to join the community.