Learning

We are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the Primary Years Programme and we have developed the Program of Inquiry for our primary grades.

Each Unit covers a big idea; these ideas are formed through IB guidelines. The Primary Years Programme is composed of five essential elements. These essential elements are addressed throughout the school year, within the curriculum developed by the teachers:

Knowledge

Significant, relevant content we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.

Concepts

Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas, but also transcend them, and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in depth understanding.

Skills

Those capabilities the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.

Attitudes

Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs, and feelings about learning, the environment, and people.

Action

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour and through responsible action; a manifestation, in practice, of the other essential elements.
 

 

Often parents are asked about the programme and we suggest using the following terms:

  • It is inquiry-based - driven by the questions teachers and students generate. Our goal is to get students to ask better and better questions that push their thinking.
  • The program is also constructivist, which means students are building their own meaning of concepts and knowledge, with the guidance of teachers.
  • Students are active learners - they are engaged in their learning rather than passively listening to a teacher and taking notes.
  • The program is integrated, so where possible, knowledge and skills associated with social studies, language arts, science, and the fine arts are taught through the central ideas rather than as distinct subjects. Spanish and math are taught separately from the Program of Inquiry, although the material covered is integrated with the current central idea when possible.

Our program, while using the framework of the International Baccalaureate, is tightly tied in with the requirements of the British Columbia Ministry of Education. The teachers have linked the central ideas for the Program of Inquiry to specific learning outcomes of the Ministry’s Integrated Resource Packages.