Greenfield Community School Certificate of Authorization as an IB World School issued in 2012.
Three GCS Primary Years Programme Students - Spoke to 40+ Educators from XSEED a program that represent 700 Schools in India.
The International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme is designed to build upon the natural curiosity of the child. Intended for children ages 4 through 11/12, students participate in four to six “Units of Inquiry” per year.
To ensure that children acquire a broad base of knowledge, Units of Inquiry are developed under six “organising themes”:
- Who We Are
- Where We Are in Place and Time
- How the World Works
- How We Organise Ourselves
- How We Express Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet
The six subject areas of Language, Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning.
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers - They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry, research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning.
Knowledgeable - They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators - They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled - They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open Minded - They understand and appreciate their own cultures, personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring - They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk Takers - They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought. They have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced - They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective - They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.