WHAT IS AN IB EDUCATION?
An IB education complements the Beacon Academy philosophy of imagination, creativity and innovation by focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and the outside world. Students are encouraged to develop independence, take responsibility for their own learning, establish personal values and become internationally-minded.
As the PYP has evolved, the framework now accommodates support through three pillars of the curriculum: the learner, learning and teaching, and the learning community. At Beacon, we believe learning is a transformational experience, and the PYP is the best framework to facilitate this experience.
PYP students with agency take responsibility for their own learning. Students are encouraged to take initiative and to direct their own learning with confidence, courage and a strong sense of self-awareness, while working cooperatively with their peers. This helps build a strong sense of community and awareness of the opinions, values and needs of others.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
In addition to academic excellence, students at Beacon Academy are expected to be socially and emotionally adept to deal with this ever-changing world. Our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum ensures that students cultivate the necessary skills to live a life of success and contentment. Our curriculum covers the areas of:
- Social awareness
- Responsible decision making, and
- Relationship skills
Transdisciplinary learning in the PYP refers to learning that is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subjects but is supported and enriched by them.
The PYP framework consists of six transdisciplinary themes:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
PYP BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
The Learner: Describes the outcomes for individual students and the outcomes they seek for themselves (what is learning?)
Learning and teaching: Articulates the distinctive features of learning and teaching (how best to support learners?)
The learning community: Emphasises the importance of the social outcomes of learning and the role that IB Communities play in achieving these outcomes (who facilities learning and teaching?)
WHAT DOES INQUIRY LOOK LIKE AT BEACON ACADEMY?
Inquiry is the process that moves our students from their current level of understating to a new and deeper level. At Beacon, you will see students:
- Asking questions and exploring new ideas
- Discussing varied possibilities and outcomes
- Making connections between past learning and current learning
- Collecting data, making predictions and reporting findings
- Clarifying their thoughts and ideas
- Researching and seeking information from a variety of sources
- Solving problems in a variety of ways
ASSESMENT IN THE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
Our students benefit from ongoing feedback and assessment. They also learn how to assess their own work and the work of others. They demonstrate what they can do through consolidation of learning and this culminated with the PYP Exhibition in Year 5. The Exhibition requires students to engage in an in-depth inquiry, and through creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking, engage the community with their own personal learning process. It truly is a remarkable and transformational experience. Assessment in the PYP calls for critical and creative thinking and is an important part of the teaching and learning process. It gives teachers an insight into students’ understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes. It also informs teachers of the various learning styles and individual differences in order to provide differentiated instruction.