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Critical thinking: How provocations help your child become a critical thinker

Posted by Erin Smith on 12/05/20 17:30

At One World International School, we want our students to become lifelong learners who are curious about the world around them, and in order to do that, we actively work to develop their critical thinking skills. The educators at OWIS have found that ‘provocations’ help students make important connections during their units of inquiry, and allow them to naturally hone their critical thinking skills.

Simply put, we believe that the purpose of education extends beyond encouraging students to merely learn facts and memorise data.

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Topics: Primary School

Why is the Inquiry Cycle Important for Learners?

Posted by Erin Smith on 10/01/20 20:45

At One World International School, learning comes alive for students as they discover their passions and interests through different avenues of learning, for example, taking on a role similar to junior scientists, formulating and testing hypotheses. Through the Inquiry Cycle, they explore new knowledge and ideas in authentic contexts; developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help them become successful for a future unknown.

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Topics: Early Childhood, Primary School

What is Core Visible Thinking?

Posted by Erin Smith on 06/12/19 00:15

Core Visible Thinking is an educational approach that has been thoroughly researched and has proven to be incredibly effective when applied in a classroom setting. This approach is essentially a collection of practices and routines that can be adapted to the individual classroom depending on the subject matter being taught and the content being discussed at the time. The goal of Core Visible Thinking is not only to improve the culture of thinking in the classroom and enhance critical thinking skills but also to help students develop a deeper understanding of the content being discussed.

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Topics: International School, IB PYP

What is International Mindedness?

Posted by Erin Smith on 24/12/18 10:35

Here at One World International School (OWIS), we believe that every child should be internationally minded. It's a big concept and one that prospective parents and teachers often ask us to define.

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Topics: International School

Technology in the classroom: what we're doing right at OWIS

Posted by Erin Smith on 05/11/18 08:30

Delivering The Highest-Quality Learning Experience: Getting Intimate With Technology  

Although textbooks were once the crux of a classroom, it's technology that engages children today. From laptops and desktop computers to iPads and smartphones, educational tools in the twenty-first century bear little resemblance to the books, papers and sharpened pencils teachers were handing out just two decades ago.

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Topics: theOWISdifference

The Importance of PSPE in PYP: The OWIS Commitment

Posted by Erin Smith on 28/08/18 10:15

Personal, Social and Physical Education in the PYP

Personal, social and physical education (PSPE), which is part of the core curriculum at One World International School (OWIS) IB school, empowers students through experiences designed to develop their sense of personal identity and their identity within their social and cultural context. Our curriculum goal is to find a balance between acquiring knowledge and skills with an understanding of how that knowledge applies to larger concepts; all while demonstrating constructive attitudes and taking responsible action.

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Topics: Primary School

Programme of Inquiry: Why it’s Needed For Each Grade Level?

Posted by Erin Smith on 16/08/18 15:00

At One World International School, we proudly offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme because we believe that it provides students with the framework they need to become lifelong learners. Within the IB-PYP is the Programme of Inquiry or POI. The POI is an outline that provides information about what students within each grade level will focus on. The teachers, instructors and administrators worked to create a POI for every grade level, from the Early Childhood programme through to the fifth grade. The POI creates a consistent guideline that emphasises OWIS and IB-PYP philosophies.

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Topics: Primary School

A Week at Primary School

Posted by Erin Smith on 08/08/18 07:00

Each morning your child will arrive, ready to learn, to be warmly greeted by their class teachers. Once they have unpacked their bags, they organise themselves and prepare for the day.  Our students collectively call out the day, date and timetable as they learn to make better sense of the calendar and their world.  We start the day with quiet reading and reflect upon the day’s global news as well as student announcements and events; all while creating a positive mindset for the day ahead.

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Topics: Primary School

What is Inquiry-based Learning?

Posted by Erin Smith on 23/06/18 07:00

At One World International School, we make use of inquiry-based learning, which means we encourage our students to be active participants in the classroom, where they are encouraged to ask questions and explore topics that interest them.

In other words, we let children's natural curiosity be the engine that drives their ability to acquire knowledge. Teachers don't merely deliver information to his or her class and expect children to react to it. Instead they help students explore the subject in relation to the real world.

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Topics: Primary School, Curriculum

Learning at home

Posted by Erin Smith on 13/06/18 07:00

Children are naturally curious. Soaking up knowledge, and constantly wondering about and marveling at the world that surrounds them. At OWIS, we believe in providing opportunities for learning at home that encourage discipline, self-management, and exploration. The traditional days of the dreaded 'homework' have now evolved into a much more pleasant and valuable experience for the student, as well as their parents. 

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Curriculum

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