- Who We Are
- How the World Works
- Where we are in Place and Time
- How we Organise Ourselves
- How We Express Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet
Students learn concepts and issues across all disciplines and can make connections between them. They’re also able to apply what they’ve learned to their own lives, as teachers pull real-world, local and global, issues into the classroom.
Inquiry and Concept-Based
Our teachers impart knowledge through guiding open-ended inquiry directed by students themselves. Students ask questions, making sense of the world around them. They explore their thinking and that of other students, and learn to negotiate and compromise with others when their thinking differs.
Students are encouraged to take action on their learning—and this action can come in the form of doing or just thinking or feeling differently about something.
The PYP incorporates reflection, time for students to think about their work, to think about what they learned, what they did well and what they could have done differently. Through this reflection comes growth as well as the ability to handle feedback.
Our teachers also reflect and continually think about how to improve and optimize the curriculum to meet each student’s needs.
Approaches to Learning
The PYP position is that, to conduct a purposeful inquiry and to be well prepared for lifelong learning, students need to master a range of skills beyond those generally referred to as basic. These skills are relevant to all the subject areas as they support the complexities in the lives of the students. These skills are valuable, not only in the units of inquiry, but also for any teaching and learning that goes on within the classroom, and in life outside the school.
At ISM, we have sequenced the ways that students demonstrate the approaches to learning at each grade level.