IB World School
OYIS, as an IB World School, implements the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) from Preschool to Grade 5. IB World Schools are schools that share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, and international education that OYIS believes is important for our students.
This is a challenging programme that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Inquiry involves the synthesis, analysis and manipulation of knowledge and therefore involves higher order thinking skills.
Central to the IB PYP are three inter-related questions:
- What do we want to learn?
- How best will we learn?
- How will we know what we have learned?
The programme is based on six globally significant transdisciplinary themes allowing students to construct meaning using an inquiry cycle and learn through and beyond the traditional subject areas.
The six transdisciplinary themes are:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How he world works
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet
Students are encouraged to be responsible, independent learners who through interaction with the relevant content from various subject areas, as well as concepts, skills, attitudes and action, build on prior knowledge about themselves and the world around them.
Learning is built around Units of Inquiry which form the school’s Programme of Inquiry (POI). The POI is designed to be engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. Learning culminates in Grade 5 in an Exhibition in which students engage in a collaborative, interdisciplinary inquiry into real-world problems.
The six subject areas are as follows:
- Science and Technology
- Social Studies
- The Arts
- Personal, Social and Physical Education
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Human systems and economic activities
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Student assessment combines a mixture of both formative and summative tasks so that assessment takes into account both the process of inquiry as well as the end product. The main aim of assessment in the PYP is to provide feedback on the learning process so as to enhance student performance and inform teaching practice. Assessment evidence is recorded and reported on in various ways. Please see the OYIS Assessment Policy at this link (PDF) for more information.
Students are encouraged to develop certain attributes and complementary attitudes that will enable them to become international-minded. These values are encapsulated in the Learner Profile. This is the central aim of the Primary years Programme.
More information on the Primary Years Programme can be found at the International Baccalaureate Organization website (IBO Homepage).