One World International School follows the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Primary School and a modified UK curriculum accredited by Cambridge International Examinations Board which leads to 11 IGCSE's in Secondary School.
Within Primary School it is believed that student learning is best done when it is authentic, relevant to the 'real' world, and transdisciplinary; where the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them. In the PYP, each student has the opportunity to be engaged in ways that are physically, emotionally and intellectually appropriate while it is linked to their personal background and previous knowledge.
One goal of the PYP is to define and promote 'International Mindedness' in all of our students. The foundations of what it means to be internationally minded come from a set of values and attributes known as the Learner Profile. The attributes described in the learner profile are appropriate to all primary year students regardless of their cultural background. The teacher can interpret these attitudes in a manner appropriate to the age and development of the student.
In the PYP, a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action. Through collaborative planning, teachers suggest central ideas within units of inquiry that are globally significant and conceptually based. This defining of the central idea and the structuring of inquiry to support its understanding is one of the characteristics of the PYP planning process. Throughout the learning process, the prime objective of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the process of learning with less emphasis on the product from the learning and it is for each individual student. Teachers and peers give informative feedback to guide students towards knowledge, skills, and understandings of the programmes’ central ideas.
In the final year of the PYP, students participate in the culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. This requires that each student demonstrate engagement with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and conceptual awareness learned in previous years. The Exhibition additionally provides the opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the Learner Profile. The PYP Exhibition is a platform to show to the whole school community the students’ development through their engagement with the PYP.
You can read more about the PYP Curriculum on the IB website at www.ibo.org/pyp/index.cfm
For our Secondary School we will be adopting the same philosophy working towards study for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), internationally recognised qualifications for entry into the last two years of higher secondary education..
The focus is on providing personalized education in a multicultural setting. Small class sizes ensure that each student has the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge, discover their talents, have support for their individual learning styles and reach their own potential. We aim for every student to be successful with an education that is a bridge to the future.
Whilst continuing with an inquiry approach to learning, students follow a curriculum that has been developed to address the needs and requirements of our Secondary School. This is based upon the UK National Curriculum, adapted for an international school context. Subjects studied include English, Mathematics, Science, Mandarin, Humanities, Physical Education (PE), Art, Music, Drama, Information Literacy, Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
As an accredited Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) School, our Science and Mathematics programme (curriculum) is a well-structured programme based on the CIE syllabus. Our English programme (curriculum) incorporates Literacy and Language, providing stimulating lessons leading to a high level of English competency.
Whilst each secondary subject is taught discretely, units are planned to provide students with strong multidisciplinary links. As students progress towards Grade 8, our subject related curriculum becomes more focussed on individual subject skills and knowledge so that all our students are well-prepared for IGCSE.
A rigorous assessment system and regular reporting to parents and students provides on-going feedback of targets and progress for learning.