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As an International Baccalaureate (IB) school for Primary students aged 2 – 12 years, Silver Fern students are encouraged to inquire and take risks in their learning, allowing them to foster a lifelong love for learning. Our students are given opportunities to engage in studies relevant to them and the times in which we live, where they grasp the conceptual understanding of their place in this world.
The Primary school focuses on the growth of the whole child, encompassing the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of all students. As approaches to learning and teaching include Primary school practices through planning, teaching and assessing, we at Silver Fern ask:
What do we want our students to learn?
How best will they learn?
How do we know what they have learned?
With the transdisciplinary nature of the Primary school framework, subject areas are interwoven, as real-life experiences do not occur in isolation. Acquisition of knowledge is organised under the six transdisciplinary themes which guide inquiry and compose a year of study at Silver Fern:
The PYP programme ensures that learning is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant. A transdisciplinary approach encapsulates these aspects of learning. Transdisciplinary learning in the PYP conveys learning that has relevance between, across and beyond subjects and transcends borders that confine them to connect to what is real in the world.
The elements provide the foundation for students to develop transdisciplinary thinking, to explore real-life issues and to effect change. They support the development of “internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.”
The National Curriculum for England:
The National Curriculum for England is what informs learning outcomes at Silver Fern. With a well-established reputation for high standards of education, it provides a structure for our learning frameworks when embedded in IB learning.
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