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|IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)|
G.D. Goenka World School is an authorized school to provide the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The IBPYP curriculum is a curriculum, a philosophy and a methodology for young learners from Nursery to Grade 5. In this programme, emphasis is placed on trans-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning.
The core focus of GDGWS is learning and teaching in a caring, safe, welcoming, environment where students are challenged to strive for personal excellence. The school believes in encouraging children to enquire. They are encouraged to do research work and question themselves How? Why? and When? Use of internet services is integrated in the classroom teaching and learning. Students can access the net under teacher supervision for educational purposes. School organizes field trips, visits in and outside the city, talks by experts, interview sessions, inter house and interclass competitions, thus creating a variety of authentic contexts in which students can practice their positive attitudes and hone their skills.
Presently there are 12 classes in the PYP section and the language of instruction is English. Emphasis is also given to the national language i.e. Hindi which they start learning right from Kindergarten. The third language option is also offered to the students of grade IV and V in the form of German, French and Spanish. The school has also implemented the special language programme, EAL, for those students who are not able to follow the mainstream English programmes thus catering to the requirement of both national and international students.
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are about issues that have meaning for, and are important to, all of us. The programme offers a balance between learning about or through the subject areas, and learning beyond them. The six themes of global significance create a transdisciplinary framework that allows students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within subject areas.
The programme puts great emphasis on learning about these transdisciplinary themes. Each theme is addressed each year by all students, with the exception of students aged 3 to 5, who may engage explicitly with four of the themes each year. The themes provide the opportunity to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum.
The traditional disciplines retain a role in the IB Primary Years Programme. The six specified subjects are language, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and personal, social and physical education.
More information on the PYP can be found at www.ibo.org
Primary Curriculum is framed by the philosophies and goals of the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). The Curriculum reflects the understanding that our students have individualized learning styles. In their classrooms, students and teachers collaborate to develop meaningful, individualized goals within an environment that stresses curriculum philosophies such as cooperative and inquiry-based learning.
We believe that the Curriculum reflects the cultural diversity of the GDGWS school community.
The PYP identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures, in six subject areas:
School offers French, Spanish and German as third language an option which is introduced in Grade 4.
Programme of Inquiry
The Programme of Inquiry is a matrix composed of the six Trans-disciplinary themes covering various topics from social studies and science subjects. Throughout the year, Nursery and Kindergarten cover four of these themes while Grades 1 to 4 are required to cover all six transdisciplinary themes. Grade 5 covers five themes and holds the PYP Exhibition. Each Unit of Inquiry within the Programme of Inquiry includes a Central Idea which defines the enduring understanding, Lines of Inquiry to define the scope of the unit, and Key Concepts, powerful ideas which students revisit throughout the Programme.
There is no formal examination system up to grade 5. The assessment is continuous and non threatening in the form of both Formative and Summative. In addition, the PYP requires that individual portfolios of student’s achievement be kept, as an important mechanism for documenting progress.
Students of grade V, in the final year of the programme, are expected to participate in a culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. This is designed to demonstrate their proficiencies in all areas of the programme.
The overall expectations for each subject area are defined in the course description.
GDGWS Language Arts Programme enables students:
The Language Arts Programme at GDGWS will include:
The integration of reading, writing, listening and speaking across the entire curriculum with:
The Maths Programme at GDGWS enables students:
The Maths Programme at GDGWS will include :
Social Studies Programme at GDGWS enables students to experience what it is like to think and act as a historian, a geographer and as a social scientist through the interdisciplinary units of inquiry.
The Social Studies Programme at GDGWS will include:
Science and Technology
GDGWS Science and Technology Programme enables students to view science as a way of thinking and a process that strives for balance between the construction of meaning and the acquisition of knowledge and skills through interdisciplinary units of inquiry.
The Science Programme at GDGWS will include:
The Arts – Visual Arts, Drama, Music
GDGWS Art Programme enables students:
The Art Programme at GDGWS will include:
Drama for understanding, Storytelling and playmaking, Performance skills, the study and appreciation of artworks from a range of cultures and media.
Foreign Languages (only for grade 4 and 5)
GDGWS Foreign-Language Programme enables students:
Foreign-Language Programme at GDGWS will include:
Personal, Social, and Physical Education (PSPE)
GDGWS Personal and Social Education Programme enables students to develop personally in respect to emotions, self-concept and moral values and to interact with his/ her family, learning community and society and the world at large through the interdisciplinary units of inquiry.
GDGWS Physical Education Programme enables students to develop physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially through a specialised Physical Education programme.
The Personal and Social Education Programme at GDGWS will include an interdisciplinary program for Personal Education and Social Education; areas of study for Personal Education: Self-concept, Health, Safety, and Organisation for learning.
The Physical Education Programme at GDGWS will include:
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is available to students from Grade 1 to Grade 5.
The EAL program combines pull-out and in-class support (immersion).
The EAL and classroom teachers work together to create a language-rich environment. Students are encouraged to take risks and individual needs are catered for. EAL students are assessed by both classroom and EAL teachers. Students exit EAL when they show they are able to work in the classroom without EAL support.
In the GDGWS EAL Program students:
The EAL Program at GDGWS has:
Community Service is an essential component of our education programme. We at GDGWS feel that children must be made aware of the pain and suffering in the world around them and develop a spirit of social responsibility from a young age. To sensitize them to the needs of the less privileged people in the society many awareness activities are organized in and out of school. Children are encouraged to organize social service activities round the year on different occasions and celebrations. Children take part in different fund raising activities to provide under privileged children with books, stationary items, sports equipment and toys. They organize interactive sessions with local village school children and apprise them about cleanliness and hygiene.
The PYP programme brings out the best in a child and teaches him to be a good citizen, not only at the national level but also equips him to step out into the world with a global perspective. We at GDGWS strive to benefit from the broad outlook and awareness developed in the child through this program. As PYP aims for a perfect blend of tradition and modernity and this is our school’s motto too.