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The Primary Years Programme focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. This programme is offered at ISD in a safe, caring environment in which students are engaged with relevant, challenging and age appropriate activities through the medium of English language. ISD recognizes that children are natural inquirers and that they experiment and explore so as to make sense of the world around them. The Primary Years Programme encourages children to play, explore, experiment, wonder, inquire, practise, invent, create and imagine. It’s a world where they are actively engaged and involved fully as learners with a hands-on approach to all learning experiences which will lead children to become life-long learners.
Learning to communicate, play creatively, interact and care for others is crucial to the students’ participation in the programme and to their social development; it is given high priority in our classrooms. Children spend the majority of their day with a homeroom teacher, teaching assistant and childcare assistant. From Nursery and Pre-K, students benefit from specialist teaching in music, physical education and information technology. From KG onwards Visual arts and Bangla are added to the subjects.
The curriculum provides students with a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, conceptual understanding of different subject areas as well as nurturing the attributes of “Learner Profile and Attitudes”, on which to build and fully prepare them to implement their learning in real life situations and to create a better world to live in.
I would like to take this opportunity to outline the core philosophy, and structure of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and how we are implementing this philosophy at ISD.
The PYP is an international framework, a structure or a system of organization for teaching and learning. Its philosophy is rooted in the concept of international mindedness and that the" Educated Learner" has certain skills and attitudes which are required for future success and lifelong learning.
It is a framework designed to meet the needs of the 'Whole child”, It believes that we all learn by being involved in activities and that all teaching and learning is reflective and results in action. The programme requires an active partnership between the individual student, their parents and teachers in order to have children become more responsible and independent for their own learning. Each child has a natural curiosity about the world around them and the PYP and its teachers use this as a way to guide children into inquiry based teaching and learning. The PYP is transdiciplinary whereby there are links between subject areas which are contained within a central idea. This part of the programme is delivered by homeroom teachers supported by specialist teachers who reinforce and clarify the learning outcomes of the unit.
Within each unit children are given ample opportunities to grow their academic knowledge through individual and collaborative learning, together with their physical, social and emotional skills and an understanding of their own culture and the cultures of others. The young learners and their teachers reflect on the teaching and learning and actions are taken. Assessment is continuous throughout the unit and this is shared with the parents and is used by the teachers to improve and grow the curriculum.
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