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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.