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The Importance of PSPE in PYP: The OWIS Commitment

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

PSPE is a relatively new concept in learning, and many parents may not have heard of this acronym. Defined as personal, social and physical education, this type of curriculum is up-and-coming in the world of global education, and OWIS is at the forefront of this innovative curriculum.

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Topics: Primary School

Programme of Inquiry

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

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) is a transdisciplinary framework where students learn to be inquisitive, independent thinkers. The Programme of Inquiry (POI) outlines what students will focus on at each grade level, from early childhood through fifth grade. At One World International School, our POI was developed by experienced teachers and administrators to align with the PYP and OWIS 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
Today’s teachers deploy far more subtle and sophisticated strategies than those that were used in the past. No longer is it deemed viable, or effective, for a teacher merely to deliver information to his or her class and expect them to react to it. At One World International School, we uphold that the learning process is non-linear, and that human curiosity is the engine that drives our ability to acquire knowledge.
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Topics: Curriculum, Primary School

Learning at home

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

Children are naturally curious. Without being aware of it they are constantly wondering about and marvelling at the world that surrounds them. Sometimes this will take the form of enquiring about a word with which they are not familiar. At other times, it will be a stream of constant questions: “why is the sky blue?”, “where do flowers come from?”, “why do people speak different languages?”...

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Curriculum

Visible Thinking Routines to Promote Lifelong Learning

Posted by Erin Smith on 16/05/18 07:00

As part of its efforts to engage children academically and prepare them for a successful future, One World International School (OWIS) incorporates Visible Thinking Routines (or VTRs) into its world renowned teaching and learning. Regarding classrooms as “ground zero” in the development of solid learning techniques, the VTR approach gives educators the tools that they need to lay the foundation for a “culture of thinking” that will follow students for the rest of their lives.

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Topics: theOWISdifference, Primary School

Difference Between Concept Driven Curricula and Knowledge Driven Curricula

Posted by Erin Smith on 28/04/18 07:00

How can we provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding about the world around them? How can we best prepare our students for an ever-changing future?

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Topics: International School, Curriculum

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