The role of the teachers is to facilitate the learning experience, guiding the students towards meeting their objectives through the continual assessment and reflection of student progress and daily conferencing. In order to address the individual needs of each child, our teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies, and new activities are regularly introduced to match the interests and abilities of the children. Each unit addresses the core subjects, but also offers a wide range of other learning opportunities. Cooperation, creativity, individual initiative and responsibility are always encouraged. Teachers plan collaboratively across the grade to ensure consistent and coherent experiences for each classroom. Support teachers for EAL and learning needs provide intervention that is targeted at points of need.
Learning through inquiry
The PYP is an inquiry-driven, concept-based curriculum framework that actively encourages students to ask questions and seek answers about the world around them.
Inquiry-based learning involves:
- Exploring, wondering and questioning;
- Experimenting and playing with possibilities;
- Making connections between previous learning and current learning;
- Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens;
- Collecting data and reporting findings;
- Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising perceptions of events;
- Deepening understanding through the application of a concept;
- Making and testing theories;
- Researching and seeking information;
- Taking and defending a position; and
- Solving problems in a variety of ways.
The PYP classrooms at KIS are arranged to empower students to work in a variety of group sizes and settings according to their learning requirements and the current focus of the inquiry. These groups vary from all class discussion to individual, personalized investigations. The purpose of grouping the students in this manner is to develop cooperative learning strategies and skills that will enhance learning and independence. At KIS we make consistent use of the visible thinking routines developed by Harvard Project Zero.
For more information contact our PYP Coordinator