What will my child be learning at the Canadian School of Warsaw?
With the IB Primary Year Programme at the Canadian School of Warsaw, we are committed to structured inquiry as the most important part of the learning process. Teachers and students are guided by the six transdisciplinary themes— as the design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take responsible action.
What does “transdisciplinary” mean?
Transdisciplinary is the term that IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines – it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and to real life. A transdisciplinary concept expanses across subjects and ties them all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English, geography—the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real life world.
What are 5 essential elements that the IB curriculum incorporate?
1. CONCEPTS – What do we want students to understand?
There are 8 fundamental concepts expressed as key questions, to propel the process of inquiry. These universal concepts drive the research units—called UNITS OF INQUIRY —but they also have relevance within and across all subject areas (transdisciplinary).
The 8 fundamental concepts are:
– Form: What is it like?
– Responsibility: What is our responsibility?
– Function: How does it work?
– Causation: Why is it like it is?
– Change: How is it changing?
– Connection: How is it connected to other things?
– Perspective: What are the points of view?
– Reflection: How do we know?
2. SKILLS – What do we want students to be able to do?
There are 5 sets of transdisciplinary skills acquired in the process of structured inquiry. These are:
3. ATTITUDES – What do we want students to feel, value and demonstrate?
Visit Section II – Important Values in PYP Program
4. ACTION – How do we want students to act?
In the Primary Year Program successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, which is initiated by the student as a result of the learning process. All students will have an opportunity to “choose to act, to decide on their actions, and to reflect on them in order to make a difference in and to the world”. Action can include also service: to fellow students, to the larger community, both in and outside the school.
5. KNOWLEDGE – What do we want students to know about?
In an international environment and community it is improper to dictate what every child should know. Therefore, rather than provide a fixed syllabus or curriculum, the PYP has identified themes, or areas of knowledge, which are used to organize the 6 Units of Inquiry, taught from early childhood through grade 5.
These Units of Inquiry provide the framework (as opposed to a text book curriculum) for a wide variety of resources to be explored in order to accomplish the objectives within each Unit of Inquiry:
– Who We Are
– Where We Are in Place and Time
– How We Express Ourselves
– How the World Works
– How We Organize Ourselves
– Sharing the Planet
Here is a diagram of how IB learners strive to be inquirers, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective.