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How our students learn

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is committed to structured, purposeful inquiry that engages students actively in their own learning.

The programme supports students’ efforts to construct meaning from the world around them by:

Drawing on their prior knowledge
Providing provocation through new experiences
Providing opportunities for reflection and consolidation

In our School, inquiry allows students to be actively involved and take responsibility for their own learning. Inquiry allows each for students’ understanding of the world to develop in a manner and at a rate that is unique to that student. Inquiry, interpreted in the broadest sense, is the process initiated by the students or the teacher that moves the students from their current level of understanding to a deeper level of understanding.

This can mean:

Exploring, wondering and questioning
Experimenting and playing with possibilities
Making connections between previous learning and their current thinking
Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
Collecting data and reporting findings
Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising perceptions of events
Deepening understanding through the application of a concept
Making and testing theories
Researching and seeking information
Taking and defending a position
Solving problems in a variety of ways
Reflecting on their learning