Learning

Learning: Ensuring effective education

Learning is the central tenet, as well as the outcome, of developing purpose, culture, and environment in our school.  Learning aims to develop students ready for further education and life beyond the classroom. 

Learning at our school celebrates the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world. Through the interplay of asking, doing and thinking, this constructivist approach leads towards open, democratic classrooms.

Our students and teachers are lifelong learners, independently and in collaboration with others. Learning communities engage in cycles of inquiry, action and reflection that lead to deeper understanding and a lifetime of learning. 

Our learning is based on a coherent curriculum. Approaches to teaching is to create learning experiences that are shown to be meaningful to the school community. Learning, teaching, and assessment effectively inform and influence one another. 

Primary Years Programme

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

UOI model

Units of Inquiry

The PYP programme defines transdisciplinary themes that identify areas of shared human experience and have meaning for individuals from different cultures and ethnicities. They provide the opportunity to incorporate both local and global issues in the knowledge component of the PYP written curriculum—what we want students to know about.

These units integrate subject knowledge across the main curriculum areas of languages, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, the arts, and personal, physical and social education (PSPE).

Our Units of Inquiry have been developed to ensure that each unit is:

  • Significant

  • Relevant

  • Engaging

  • Challenging

Attitudes: What Do We Want Students to Feel, Value and Demonstrate?

PYP Attitudes are dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.

  • Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

  • Commitment: Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing selfdiscipline and responsibility.

  • Confidence: Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.

  • Cooperation: Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.

  • Creativity: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

  • Curiosity: Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.

  • Empathy: Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.

  • Enthusiasm: Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.

  • Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

  • Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.

  • Respect: Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.

  • Tolerance: Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

These units integrate subject knowledge across the main curriculum areas of languages, mathematics, social studies, science and technology, the arts, and personal, physical and social education (PSPE).