Traditionally-speaking, the education system has always been geared towards preparing students to contribute towards their future roles in the workplace, educated in their respective fields to ensure that they are suitable for the task. The way to achieve this, historically, has been through STEM education. However, with the digital disruption of society through the technological development and advancements of the times, the education system is being forced to adapt its curricula to suit the modern demands of students entering the workforce.
Bang the Drum and Get it On – why music in our schools is so very important!
Can you imagine a life without music? It would be like a home without love. As soon as we are born we respond to the sounds around us and the first thing we hear is our mother’s voice. And that’s the same voice which sings us to sleep and hums those long-forgotten melodies which are set in our hearts.
It is no secret that appropriate physical activity is necessary to a student's overall well-being. The benefits of physical education in schools are far-reaching, including both increased student physical health and better academic performance.
In recent years, many schools have cut back on their physical education programmes, placing greater emphasis on academics as they strive to prepare students for college and the workforce. Yet research shows that adults who had regular PE classes in school are more than twice as likely to be physically active as their non-PE counterparts. In fact, children who have regular Physical Education lessons at school will be likely to experience the following benefits:
In today’s global economy, communicating with a wide and varied set of people is of paramount importance. While the ability to communicate fluently in English is still important, languages other than English have gained prominence in our global economy. Mandarin, in particular, is now spoken by a large population both in Singapore and across the globe — with some estimates claiming nearly 917 million people speak it fluently.
Recognising the importance of this language in Singapore, China and around the world, OWIS has created a Mandarin programme that allows students to become fluent in the language. The curriculum for our Mandarin programme includes oral communication, reading and writing Mandarin. The goal is for students to learn the language naturally in an age-appropriate setting.
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.
Should music play a role in your child's education? Experts think so. According to the National Association for Music Education, music in the classroom is important for several reasons, among them -- the development of vital skills students need to be successful in life.
Art class is so much more than just learning to draw a shapely line and studying the position of colours on the colour wheel, especially for young, developing minds. For many children, art is a tool that fosters critical-thinking skills and aids in problem-solving. Exploration, experimentation and reasoning all play huge roles in a quality art curriculum, and all are skills that benefit children as they grow and progress. This is the premise behind the Arts Programme at One World International School.
SCIENCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY NO LONGER FITS IN A NEAT LITTLE BOX
Science, at its very nature, is an ever-changing field. New hypotheses are proposed and new research begins. Scientific study often creates as many new questions as it answers. As American (and British) Scientist, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan noted, "Science is curiosity, testing and experimenting." Knowledge is gained, not by simply studying traditional subjects such as language, maths, science, arts, social studies, and PSPE, but through trans-disciplinary study and exploration. In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), science is about exploration. Students naturally explore the relationships between the biological, chemical and physical aspects of the world.
Mathematics is a subject that students should build upon and master throughout their educational experience, as it forms a strong foundation for understanding how the world works and is a critical skill for 21st-century learners.
In the OWIS Primary Years Programme, students are exposed to mathematical topics in their everyday learning through the units of inquiry. This allows them to make important connections between these mathematical concepts that they are being taught and the real world in which they live.