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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

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. This teaches them to take ownership of their time and experiences and also ensures that they feel prepared for the day. 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 Education in Your Home Country?

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

Parents relocating to a new country face many critical decisions when it comes to choosing what's best for their families. One of their primary concerns is selecting the right educational setting for their children. If they're planning on returning to their country of origin, they usually look for an institution that offers national curricula, with the goal of helping their child make a smooth transition back to a home-country school. Whatever part of the world they hail from, most parents want a school that provides world-class education. They can find it at an IB school.

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Topics: Primary School, Curriculum

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

English language proficiency at OWIS: how we approach it

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 programme 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


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