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5 Essential Elements

Concepts – What do we want students to understand?

The concepts are powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in depth understanding. These eight concepts include:

  • Form – What is it like?
  • 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?
  • Responsibility – What is our responsibility?
  • Reflection – How do we know?

Knowledge – What do we want the students to know about?

The knowledge component is represented in the Transdisciplinary Themes that constitute the Programme of Inquiry. This is significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experiences and understandings.

  • "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"

Skills – What do we want students to be able to do?

There are five sets of skills that students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing and challenging world.

  • Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Self-Management Skills

Attitudes – What do we want students to value?

These are dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.

  • Tolerance
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Co-operation
  • Confidence
  • Commitment
  • Appreciation

Action – How we want students to act?

We believe that action is a demonstration of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through responsible action.

Erin Threlfall
Assistant Principal - IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator
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