The Omololu International School offers a curriculum that is in line with both the National Educational Standards of Anguilla and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) This curriculum is taught using a combination of Anguillian national texts as well as the most current international pedigogical methods. Our broad curriculum covers the following subject areas.
- Social Studies
- English Language
- Personal, social and physical education
- Visual Arts
- French and Spanish as foreign languages
The key concepts help teachers and students to consider ways of thinking and learning about the world, and act as a provocation to extend and deepen student understanding.
- Form – What is it like?
- Change – How is it changing?
- Perspective – What are the points of view?
- Function – How does it work?
- Responsibility – What is our responsibility?
- Causation – Why is it like it is?
- Connection – How is it connected to other things?
- Reflection – How do we know?
By focusing on these concepts, the students develop higher order thinking skills and better questioning techniques.
- Social skills
- Research skills
- Thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Self-Management skills
- Throughout their learning students acquire and apply these skills
Five essential elements
In order to achieve balance the curriculum, five essential elements are emphasized.
Knowledge- What do we want students to know about?
- Significant, relevant content that we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding.
Concepts- What do we want students to understand?
- 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.
Skills- What do we want students to be able to do?
- Those capabilities that the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature.
Attitudes- What do we want students to feel, value and demonstrate
- Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.
Action- How do we want students to act?
- Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behavior through responsible action; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements.
Using the strategy of guided inquiry, students explore specific units of study . These transdisciplinary themes are developed around the following universal themes:
- 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
These units are carefully planned across the year levels to provide a complete and coherent elementary curriculum. These themes constitute the school’s programme of inquiry.
The aim of Primary Years Programme is to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
The school focuses on developing a series of attitudes and attributes in the students that together make up the PYP Student Learner Profile.
IB Students demonstrate the following attitudes:
IB Students strive to be:
Curriculum Model of the Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The curriculum model is inquiry based and transdisciplinary. The framework for learning and teaching, or Programme of Inquiry (POI), is based on six organising themes: