Students are encouraged to make connections between subject areas, and traditional curriculum areas are used as lenses to help students inquire into big ideas. The PYP is both a curriculum framework and a philosophy that facilitates structured inquiry. Through inquiry, the students are encouraged to question, wonder, explore, experiment, investigate and take their learning further to construct meaning about the world around them.
In the PYP, mathematics is viewed primarily as a vehicle to support inquiry, providing a global language through which we make sense of the world around us. Students become competent users of the language of mathematics, and can begin to use it as way of thinking, rather than as a series of facts and equations to be memorized. The power of mathematics for describing and analyzing the world around us is such that it has become a highly effective tool for solving problems.
The Math Scope and Sequence is divided into five strands of math: Data Handling, Measurement, Shape and Space, Pattern and Function and Number.
At AIS, we believe math should:
- emphasize concepts before procedures
- be engaging
- be active where possible
- allow the use of manipulatives
- allow “think” time
- encourage questions
- be authentic and relevant to the “real world”
- be inquiry based
- integrate a mixture of teaching and learning styles
- be differentiated for a variety of levels
We strive, when possible and appropriate, to integrate the study of mathematics into the Units of Inquiry. A variety of resources are used to help children consolidate and increase their mathematical understanding, knowledge and skills.
At AIS, English is the language of instruction.
In the PYP, language is fundamental to learning, thinking and communicating, and permeates the entire curriculum. The strands of oral, written and visual communication are developed across and throughout the subject areas. Every child benefits from having access to different cultures, perspectives and languages. All students in the Early Years and Primary Years take Dutch or German (for native speakers), and mother tongue languages are arranged as appropriate. A strong emphasis is placed on mother tongue development at home.
In the PYP, science is viewed as the exploration of the behaviours of, and the interrelationships among, the natural, physical and material worlds. Our understanding of science is constantly changing and evolving. The inclusion of science within the curriculum leads learners to an appreciation and awareness of the world.
In the PYP, social studies is viewed as the study of people in relation to their past, present and future, as well as to their environment and society, encouraging curiosity and an understanding of a rapidly changing world. Students develop an understanding of their personal and cultural identities. They develop the skills and knowledge needed to participate actively in their classroom, their school, their community and the world, and to understand themselves in relation to their communities.
Music and Visual Art are viewed by the PYP as forms of expression that are inherent in all cultures. They are a powerful means to assist in the development of the whole child, and are important for interpreting and understanding the world. Arts in the PYP promote imagination, communication, creativity, social development and original thinking. From an early age, students have the opportunity to develop their skills in expression and public speaking.