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Guidance to the Timetables
As you can see from the above Weekly Timetables, Students’ time is divided between Units Of Inquiry (UOI) as well as specialist lessons – Languages, Visual Arts, PSPE, Performing Arts.
UOI - Units of Inquiry
A unit of inquiry is the term given by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) to a 4-6 week in-depth exploration of a concept that has direct relevance to the real world. Home Room Teachers facilitate a process whereby students will inquire into a Central Idea relevant to the real world by being guided by Lines Of Inquiry and teacher questions, giving students a deeper understanding of the real world in action. These units are transdisciplinary in nature and incorporate specific learning of skills and knowledge in English Language, Mathematics, Sciences and Social Studies.
Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe learning that crosses a range of subjects or disciplines, rather than teaching each one in isolation. A transdisciplinary concept can stretch across subjects such as math, science, language, ICT and geography, and connects them all together. This means that multiple subject-specific skills are being planned for, taught, and assessed consistently at all grade levels in each Unit of Inquiry. At times, there will be a need to teach certain subject-specific skills outside of the UOIs as stand-alone learning.
In addition to the UOIs taught in their Grade-specific Home Room classes, students will have lessons taught by specialist teachers in the following areas that may also continue to follow their current UOI:
- Drawing & Painting
- Sculpting & Print Making
- Digital & Installation Arts
- Art History & Culture
- Dance & Movement
- Music & Composing
- Singing & Songwriting
- Drama & Theatre
PSPE – Physical, Social & Personal Education
- Yoga & Mindfulness
- Public Speaking & Debating
- Playing Chess & Other Board Games
- Organic Gardening & Recycling
- Climbing (Indoor)
- Badminton (Indoor)
- Table Tennis (Indoor)
- Aerobics & Boxercise (Indoor)
- Swimming Coaching (Outdoor)
- Athletics Coaching (Outdoor)
- Cricket Coaching (Outdoor)
- Football Coaching (Outdoor)
- Classes will also be used to strengthen English speaking and provide an opportunity to appreciate the different languages of the school (Tamil/Hindi/Korean)
Reading and Story Time
This is a crucial time for students to develop a deep interest in and enjoyment of reading. This will mainly take place individually but will also include ‘Reading Buddies’ where older students (Grades 1-4 and Nursery-Upper KG with Kindergarten) will read out loud to our younger students (Nursery-Upper KG) during Story Time. This peer-to-peer approach is proven to increase the reading skills of those reading and increase the comprehension skills of those listening.
This is the first part of our young students’ day and involves a meeting with the Home Room teacher and all other students in the class. Students begin by greeting each other and then sharing any interesting news with each other, followed by a group discussion about what has been shared. Then there is a group activity, such as reading a poem, that helps children feel united as a group as well as reinforcing literacy skills. It concludes by looking ahead to the day.
You may be wondering why a School Assembly does not feature in the timetable. This is because the whole school will not meet at the same time each week, but rather come together at least once a month for the opportunity to reflect on the previous month and look forward to the next, for classes to give presentations of completed projects or Units of Inquiry, and also to hear from special visitors.
If you have any questions or concerns that are not dealt with above, please don’t hesitate to contact our Head of Admissions or Head of School who would be happy to answer them.