Academics / International Baccalaureate/PYP
At Oak International School (OVIS) – during the formative years and at Primary level education, we feel that it is necessary to imbibe certain attributes and attitudes after which the students will turn into young learners with international minded and will facilitate to become lifelong learners.
At OVIS our Early Years curriculum is rich, where it gives students to explore and learn through play. So we found that IB PYP is one such program where it exactly suffices the school mission and vision. As OVIS is a candidacy school, we concentrate on the holistic development of students by applying transdisciplinary themes and integration of each unit to every core subject.
We facilitate the students with their learning and connecting to the real life situations. PYP talks about learning on the go and through experiences. Observation, analysis, connection, innovation, reflection and application are necessary steps in the process of learning and growing.
A student in PYP is not treated as vessel to be filled but a fire that is kindled. PYP does not concentrate only on the stereotypical subjects but encourages different areas of interests in different students. PYP believes that no 2 students are the same. So we, at Oak Valley give one to one attention to each student and make sure that every student shines in the area that they take interest in.
The five essential elements - concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes, action are incorporated into this framework, so that students are given the opportunity to:
The written curriculum - The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to”step up” beyond the confines of learning within subject areas are:
Teachers are guided by these six trans-disciplinary themes as they design units of inquiry that both transcend and articulate conventional subject boundaries. The programme can be illustrated by a hexagon with the six transdisciplinary themes surrounding six subject areas:
The trans-disciplinary themes and subject areas outlined above form the knowledge element of the programme.
The taught curriculum- The six trans-disciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiries- in-depth investigations into important ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks.
The assessed curriculum- Assessment is an important part of each unit of inquiry as it both enhances learning and provides opportunities for students to reflect on what they know, understand and can do. The teacher's feedback to the students provides the guidance, the tools and the incentive for them to become more competent, more skillful and better at understanding how to learn.
Learner profile( The Attributes)- The learner profile describes a list of attributes that promote academic rigour and the establishing of a personal value system leading to international-mindedness. It is expected that PYP teachers will assess and report on individual student development regarding each of the ten attributes.
To know more about PYP & IBO please visit- www.ibo.org