Inquiry and Discovery
For our youngest learners, the world is an entirely new and amazing place. Every experience is an opportunity for learning, and it is best learned when children have the ability to fully engage with it. The ability to ask questions and experiment are crucial. As such, TCIS elementary school learning is very much inquiry- and reflection-based. Students are presented with concepts and are taught processes for asking questions, engaging with their senses, assessing and connecting what they already know, and then reflecting on what they have experienced.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework specifically designed for the international education of elementary-aged learners. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in local, national, and global environments. The curriculum represents a combination of research and experience; it includes excellent teaching and learning practices derived from a variety of national systems and independent schools from around the world. It is an international, trans-disciplinary programme.
The PYP focuses on the total growth of the developing child – touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs in addition to academic progress. Within the PYP, it is believed that student learning is best done when it is authentic and relevant to the “real” world. The PYP curriculum has an international perspective where the diversity of student experiences and backgrounds is welcomed and celebrated.