ISC is an authorised IB PYP School. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) includes The Early Years (aged 3-5) and the Elementary (aged 5-11). Children aged 2 are welcome and are encouraged to join our Pre-Kindergarten class as this is an important introduction and building block to the PYP.
The PYP is an established world renowned programme rooted in inquiry, international mindedness and the IB Learner Profile. It is a concept driven programme following six themes which are transdisciplinary in their approach. Students in Kindergardten and Transition follow four units of inquiry throughout the academic year and from Grade 1 upwards follow six units of inquiry during the course of the year. The PYP has five Essential Elements which are outlined below.
We encourage the children to see their learning as valuable experiences that, as well as forming their intellectual development, should guide how they act. Therefore learning should be demonstrated by positive action and service. The children are encouraged to reflect, choose wisely and to act responsibly with their peers, school staff and in the wider community. All children also have the opportunity to contribute to the student council.
Alongside the Learner Profile, PYP teachers aim to foster a set of attitudes in our children, which are discussed, modelled and reflected upon through the units of inquiry. These twelve attitudes help towards students being life-long learners on the global stage.
Thinking conceptually through a unit of inquiry helps the childrento view topics and issues through various lenses. The PYP is built around eight key concepts which are used across all subject areas. These concepts are:
Form: What does it look like?
Function: How does it work?
Causation: Why is it this way?
Change: How does it change over time?
Connection: How is it connected to other things?
Perspective: What are the points of view?
Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
Reflection: How do we know?
What we teach at ISC is based on the themes of the PYP, current research and the needs of our school community. At the beginning of each unit parents receive a Unit Newsletter which outlines the objectives for the unit and how parents can support their child to develop their understanding. There are clear assessment tools and strategies and ISC standards which align with those outlined by the IB.
As well as learning specific subjects, there are many skills that our students should develop that are not limited to one subject. These skills are developed throughout the units of inquiry. The five skills are:
Thinking skills - the acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought, and metacognition (thinking about thinking).
Research skills - formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting and recording data, organizing and interpreting data, and presenting research findings.
Communication skills - listening, speaking, reading, writing, and non-verbal communication
Self-management skills - gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, a healthy lifestyle, codes of behaviour and making informed choices.
Social skills - accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision making, and adopting a variety of group roles.
The PYP Coordinator sends PYP Curriculum Corners (a communication update) to parents and holds monthly meetings in order to support parents in their understanding of the unique features of the PYP.
To find out more about the PYP, please arrange a meeting with our PYP Coordinator or for more general information visit: http://www.ibo.org/information-for-parents/
English as Additional Language (EAL)
EAL support is provided from Grade 1 to Grade 10 (MYP). Students who are non-native speakers of English and need extra assistance with the language are placed in our EAL programme. These students may benefit from an intensive English course, particularly in the first months of the school year. EAL teaches English in an academic setting. Learning a second language generally follows the pattern of learning of a first language and conversational English is most often learned quite rapidly, enabling students to communicate with their peers. Research indicates that it might take between five to seven years for non-native speakers to develop the academic aspects of the language to the same standard as a native speaker. Please refer to the ISC Tuition Fees for costs on EAL.