(This blog has been written based on my conversation with Ms. Manju Nair, IB PYP Coordinator, GIIS SMART Campus)
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is known to encourage independent and inquiry-based learning in primary students. At GIIS, our students in the PYP are encouraged to pursue self-led learning at every level - from the way they choose to arrange their classrooms and decorate the walls to the mini exhibitions held each year for Grades 1-5.
Many plans have been put on hold during the past year, including relocation plans for the many families who were hoping to move to Singapore. However, as people start to look forward to the end of the pandemic, many are considering a move to Singapore in the near future.
A very frequently heard term in the domain of school education, especially primary years, inquiry-based learning is an unconventional approach to teaching which is gaining much significance in the context of 21st century education.
Most of the primary schools in Singapore start in January and a big number of tiny tots take their first step towards a big school around this time. Preparing children for primary school is an onus on the parents and as they want their kids to have an enjoyable learning experience at school.
International Baccalaureates Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), is a distinct educational framework for children between the age group of 5 to 12 years. Lately, the curriculum has been popular for offering a 21st century education and helping children develop a global outlook so that they can assimilate easily with the world at large.
To be able to put themselves in someone else's shoes and see the world from another perspective is something that the children will need to do more often in the rapidly globalising world.