What do we hope you find when you spend a day at Asker International School? We asked the same question to our two curriculum coordinators to see what they would say. Have a read below!
THE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME, GRADES 1 TO 5
"A typical day in the PYP is busy, engaging and alive with connections and possibilities. Following the Norwegian convention of 45 minute lessons, there is little time to waste, especially when the children may be taught by several specialist teachers in a day. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is transdisciplinary, meaning that we try to 'join the dots' of learning to create meaningful connections across different subjects. Inquiring into Polar explorers, for example, can mean learning about compass directions, distances and negative numbers to measure temperature in Maths. At the same time, Science focuses on melting, freezing and experimenting to find the best thermal insulators; Art develops cool colours to paint Arctic landscapes. We aim to offer a balanced programme which covers the necessary skills and knowledge required by the Norwegian authorities, as well as the requirements of the International Baccalaureate.
Regardless, the day will come and it will fast go. Teachers will present new challenges and students will develop new skills. Student-centred classrooms will ensure that curiosity builds and that both critical and creative thinking is needed. The expectations will be set high and students will want to meet them. They know they own the responsibility for their learning. Knowledge will grow as students communicate, collaborate and investigate across the disciplines. Connections will be made as different concepts are explored. Groups and individuals will work through the varying tasks tailored to their learning needs. Inclusiveness will be evident and friendships thriving. Another day in the MYP classroom awaits."
Mr. Brent, MYP Coordinator, Design and Individual and Societies teacher, grade 8 tutor