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Curriculum

“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand.”

– Chinese Proverb

 

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school, Silver Fern International School offers The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 – 12 years. Through the PYP framework, Silver Fern students are encouraged to inquire and take risks in their learning, allowing them to foster a lifelong love for learning. Our students are given opportunities to engage in studies relevant to them and the times in which we live, where they grasp the conceptual understanding of their place in this world. The PYP focuses on the growth of the whole child, encompassing the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of all students. As approaches to learning and teaching include PYP practices through planning, teaching and assessing, we at Silver Fern ask, What do we want our students to learn?; How best will they learn?; How do we know what they have learned? With the transdisciplinary nature of the PYP framework, subject areas are interwoven, as real-life experiences do not occur in isolation. Acquisition of knowledge is organised under the six transdisciplinary themes which guide inquiry and compose a year of study at Silver Fern:

Who we are:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values, personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures, rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Where we are in place and time:

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories, homes and journeys; the discoveries, exploration and migrations of humankind; the relationship between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilisations, from local and global perspectives.

How we express ourselves:

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

How we organise ourselves:

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisation; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Sharing the planet:

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

 

Upcoming Events

Family Fun Friday / Meet the Head of School
5 Oct, 2018
15:15 - 16:30

We welcome families to join teachers and students on Friday 5 October at 3.15pm for an afternoon of fun playing futsal and… Read more

Kickball House Competition
12 Oct, 2018
00:00 - 00:00

Silver Fern will be holding a Kickball House Competition on Friday 12 October, at the futsal field.  Come and join… Read more

Half Term Break
12 Oct, 2018
15:15 - 08:00
29 Oct, 2018

School will be closed for two weeks for the half term break.  Last day of school is Friday 12 October. … Read more

Recent Happenings

PYP Parent Coffee Morning 20 September, 2018

This morning, our parent community joined us for the first PYP coffee morning. Through fun activities and collaborative discussions,… Read more

New Zealand Study Abroad Trip 2018 13 August, 2018

This July Tonnam, A-tar and Shan travelled to Queenstown, New Zealand on our study abroad programme. They attended Queenstown Primary… Read more

2017-2018 Prizegiving 6 July, 2018

Well done to all of our students on all of your achievements and accomplishments this year.  Enjoy the break and… Read more

PYP and International Baccalaureate Information Afternoon 27 June, 2018

On Wednesday 27 June, parents were invited to attend an information afternoon with Ms Kirsty, SFIS IB Coordinator, to hear… Read more

UDIS Sports Exchange 1 June, 2018

On Friday 1 June, Silver Fern’s Year 4/5/6 students travelled to Udon Thani to participate in a day of games… Read more