The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for children aged three to 11 that is designed to nurture and develop these young students into caring, active participants in a lifelong learning journey. Through the PYP’s inquiry-led, interdisciplinary framework, OWIS students become independent thinkers with a global mindset. With its emphasis on five core principles – knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action – PYP is the ideal programme for international students in Singapore.
At One World International School, we understand the critical importance of early childhood education for laying the foundation for your children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. The right program can maximize your child’s development during this formative period while cultivating a life-long love of learning and self-inquiry. OWIS follows the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), a curriculum framework that includes an “Early Years” component designed for preschool-age children prior to the start of formal schooling. PYP Early Years focuses on inquiry-led, play-based learning in rich and stimulating learning environments that integrate the natural world into the classroom, both indoors and outside.
When it comes to academic performance, parents and administrators have long focused on curriculum design and teacher quality. While there’s no denying that curriculum design and teacher quality are vitally important, this focus overlooks the importance of educational infrastructure towards academic achievement. Academic buildings must be intentionally designed to inspire, nurture, and educate children in ways that encourage and stimulate while providing a sense of belonging, so all students feel safe to explore and learn.
The emotional, social and physical developments of young children have a direct impact on their overall academic growth and future prospects as an adult. Access to outstanding early childhood education is instrumental to a child’s development. Pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills build a strong foundation for learning phonics for reading and writing and basic mathematics. Educators who facilitate early childhood provision play a crucial role in embarking young children on their learning journey to a successful future.
In August 2017, the Singapore government awarded One World International School ("OWIS") a tender to establish a new, moderate fee school. Here in Singapore, private education fees are some of the highest in the world. The OWIS Nanyang Campus is a commitment to offering an outstanding global education at a thoughtful price.
OWIS Nanyang excels at educating our students to be citizens of a more positive world. Our comprehensive approach appreciates students’ natural curiosity and the need to discover answers by exploring the world around them. Our students are encouraged to become lifelong learners in every way, and to forge a better understanding of one another’s diverse cultural backgrounds.
One World International School takes education very seriously. In order to grow to be the best adults-not only successful but highly significant citizens of the world-it is necessary to build a strong foundation that includes an open mind, appreciation of the beauty found in nature and one another, and a lifelong love of learning. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either.
"Diversity in education" recognises and honours the unique backgrounds of every student, including race, ethnicity, religion, and nationality, and intentionally fosters a multicultural school environment built on respect. But why is diversity so important for our students? A school’s cultural climate directly impacts student success. Students benefit from interacting with a diverse peer group because they learn how to build relationships across backgrounds. They are stronger leaders, better global citizens, and more creative problem solvers.
As I look back over my years of experience in education and my tours around the world, looking at the best of the best, two questions stay at the forefront of my mind:
How can we reproduce the quality that exists in the finest schools, while offering a thoughtfully-priced education for students and their families?