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How Provocations Develop Critical and Creative Thinking in Children

Posted by Erin Smith on 21/01/19 10:30

At One World International School, part of our mission is to teach our children to cultivate their natural curiosity by exploring ideas and thinking creatively. We use provocations to help students engage with the concepts presented in our units of inquiry. Teachers create authentic contexts to introduce the units so students can connect with the world around them.

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Topics: Primary School

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

Inquiry-Led Learning: Less Teaching, More Thinking

Posted by Rachelyn Gordon on 31/07/18 09:00

In a traditional classroom, students are encouraged to retain information through memorisation. It's a passive method of learning that may help a student achieve an adequate test score. But information gained in this manner is often forgotten, because the child who 'learned' it had no active role in gaining the knowledge - other than that of leaning over a tablet or copying words from a whiteboard. There is little-to-no inquiry-led learning in this type of classroom.

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Topics: Primary School, Curriculum

How does IB PYP Help in Transitioning to National Curricula?

Posted by Michelle Dickinson on 21/07/18 17:00

Parents who are relocating to a new country often find themselves faced with a lot of decisions that have lasting consequences for their children. One of the most important decisions that parents have to make is deciding which school they will send their child to once they have moved to a new country. Subsequently, parents who are moving back to their home country are often concerned about their children acclimating to the curricula offered in the home country.

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Topics: Primary School, Curriculum

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: Primary School, Curriculum

The OWIS Approach: Teaching English Language Skills to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Learners

Posted by Susan Sawarkar on 26/05/18 07:00

At One World International School, our goal is for our primary students to develop more than just a basic understanding of the English language. We want our students to become proficient enough to engage in thoughtful, intellectual discussion with their peers and mentors. Our enquiry-based approach encourages students to learn at their own pace and to become confident enough to speak, read and write in English.  Our program is underpinned by the English National Curriculum, ensuring that our students are meeting the targets necessary to succeed in a global environment.

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Topics: Primary School, theOWISdifference, Subjects

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: Primary School, theOWISdifference

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: Primary School, International School, Curriculum

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