Our Approach to Learning
We are thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter in our school's educational journey - a shift towards the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework designed to cultivate curious, confident, and compassionate young learners. As we transition to this dynamic and globally recognized program, we invite you to join us on this transformative adventure.
The PYP offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that builds conceptual understanding. It is a student-centered approach where students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community.
The framework emphasizes the central principle of agency, which underpins the three pillars of school life: The learner, learning & teaching and the learning community. Embedded in the framework is the recognition of the importance of fostering an individual’s self-efficacy. Students with a strong sense of self-efficacy are active in their own learning and take action in their learning community.
The PYP curriculum framework is designed to be flexible and adaptable to different cultural contexts and educational settings. It encourages schools to develop their own units of inquiry that align with the IB's philosophy and principles while incorporating local perspectives and priorities.
TISB is a caring community that values growth and integrity. Our curriculum reflects the needs of the world today and the possibilities of the future. Your child has authentic opportunities to inquire, ask questions, build skills and attain global knowledge through a rigorous, concept-based curriculum.
Pre-KG and KG1
Our Early Years educators implement the International Baccalaureate PYP in combination with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and children will mostly learn through game and play.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is made up of the following prime areas of learning and development which are:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and language
And four specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. All areas of Learning and Development are important and are inter-connected. Learning should be fun therefore we use play as the principal basis for our learning. Using observation and assessment we determine the learning needs of each child, providing the opportunities they need through the environment. We offer this in various ways incorporating structured play activities, focused tasks and teacher/adult interaction as well as the many opportunities for independent child-initiated learning.
This provides a basis for future learning in LG1. As learning takes place both indoors and outdoors, we ensure both safeguarding and health and safety requirements are adhered to by regular safety checks of learning areas and equipment, as well following adult child ratio in relation to recommendations.
The IB PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.
The six subject areas identified within the IB Primary Years Programme:
- Social Studies
- Personal Social and Physical Education (PSPE)