Encourages students aged 3-11 to make a transdisciplinary inquiry.
The Primary Years Curriculum at Edubridge International School [EIS] successfully implements the framework set by the Primary Years Programme that falls under the umbrella of courses offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization [IBO]. It encourages students aged 3 to 11 to make a broad transdisciplinary inquiry with the help of an inclusive, international curriculum that is challenging yet engaging, relevant, significant for learners. At EIS, we meticulously follow the IB programme model for the Primary Years Curriculum by creating and implementing a robust set of academic and non-academic activities. The curriculum is designed such that every student learns optimally, coherently and consistently.
The Programme of Inquiry uses six transdisciplinary themes that are repeated throughout the Primary Years:
Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human within a global setting.
Where we are in place and time
An inquiry into the orientation of the place and time in which we exist and interact with one another drives us to relook our personal histories with a new eye, to redefine our homes and journeys and move from a monocultural setting to multicultural settings, to look back at the myriad discoveries, explorations and migrations that humankind has been through and to assess the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations from both local and global perspectives.
How we express ourselves
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings is supplemented by how we relate to our culture, beliefs and values. Moreover, we explore the various ways in which we reflect on the real world around us, appreciate and contribute to improving its aesthetic appeal. The main idea is to think of ways to help ourselves and others become excellent human beings from a global perspective.
How we organize ourselves
An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment helps in managing resources and contributing to effective planning and organization methodologies to help better the world that we live in.
How the world works
An inquiry into the natural world and its laws and into the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies sets the basis for internalizing how humans use their understanding of scientific principles and gauging the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.
Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution aids in helping learners move away from an anthropocentric perspective and recognize the existence of alternate species.
The Programme of Inquiry consists of Units of Inquiry, which classroom teachers incorporate within their sessions in the classroom. However, there are some units of stand-alone instruction in areas such as the Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education, and the Arts. Additionally, every student receives instruction in a World Language, usually Hindi, Spanish, or French, right from the onset of his journey through school.
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