The Codrington School - The International School of Barbados

The IB Primary Years Programme:

We feel that one of the fundamental goals of education is to encourage a love of learning. At Codrington we encourage students to be independent thinkers. Rather than simply providing facts, students are posed questions and presented problems and scenarios that can be explored hands-on. Our curriculum is guided by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. (www.ibo.org). The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond. Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the programme places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

 

The curriculum of each academic year is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes. These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. Each student has six Units of Inquiry yearly( each one lastly roughly 6 weeks) These in-depth Units of Inquiry promote an integrated approach to teaching and learning so that subject connections can be made throughout the six weeks. The IB PYP is designed for students to learn conceptually, rather than using a content-driven national curriculum.

Transdisciplinary themes:

  • Who we are( Social/emotional)
  • Where we are in place and time( History/ Geography)
  • How we express ourselves(the Arts)
  • How the world works(Science)
  • How we organize ourselves(Economics and societal organisation)
  • Sharing the planet(Environmental)

By placing a unit of inquiry under each theme we ensure a balance of subject matter across the year, however each unit of inquiry often makes multiple connections across differing subjects.

For example: A unit of inquiry about Mapping in grade 2, has its guiding theme based in geography, however students make connections through art by making their own maps and globes, through maths by learning to measure accurately, using coordinates and interpreting scales.They also incorporate language into their unit of inquiry by learning to follow and give directions. In PE they are taught about orienteering and using maps in the school grounds. Our full programme of inquiry across all of the grade levels can be found on the right in pdf format.

All IB students aim to learn about and acquire the attributes of the Learner Profile. Every aspect of the curriculum at Codrington is designed to promote these. The attributes are designed to develop the child as a learner, allowing them to learn in whatever setting they find themselves.

  • Communicator
  • Thinker
  • Inquirer
  • Risk-taker
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Open-minded
  • Well-balanced
  • Reflective

These attributes are used from the very first day in Kindergarden and become part of our daily conversations throughout the school. At Codrington Kindergarden cover 2 grade levels ( 4-5 yrs and 5-6yrs). Students in this class experience a play based approach to learning. Students are taught to read and write when they are developmentally ready. Insert photo of kindergarden