September 23, 2012

Our Curriculum

Empowering Lifelong Learning

ISOCS is committed to following the pedagogy of the International Baccalaureate because we share its philosophy and believe that it represents best practice in international education in terms of preparing our students to thrive and adapt to the challenges and opportunities  of the 21st century.

Our primary school is committed to the beliefs and standards of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). This world-renowned curriculum has been designed specifically for international schools and international understanding. It focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of children around the world for application to life. The curriculum facilitates transfer between IB schools worldwide, whilst empowering students of all backgrounds to think, collaborate and reflect in order to best prepare for their part in a globally connected world.

The IB Primary Years Programme

ISOCS is authorised by the International Baccalaureate to offer the Primary Years Programme, which prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning in the 21st Century.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

IB Primary Years Programme

The PYP is flexible enough to accommodate the demands of most national or local curriculums and provides the best preparation for students to engage in the IB Middle Years Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme

  • addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being
  • encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning
  • supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it
  • helps students establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

An aim of the PYP is to create a transdisciplinary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3-12 age range.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

Click here to watch ISOCS student explain the IB Learner Profile and what it means to them.

IB learners of all ages, strive to be:

  • Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Please refer to the IB Website for more information and sample videos on the IB PYP. 

Further curricular information is available in the ISOCS Library, the school administration, through regular Parent Information Evenings and class blogs.

We are an IB World School.