International Baccalaureate Schools Continue Curriculum Growth
Templeton, Childs, and University elementary schools began the process for designation as International Baccalaureate schools more than two years ago. Since that time, the schools have taken a rigorous look at their curriculum to bring it to the standards of an IB school. The elementary level, or Primary Years Programme as it is known, is described as preparing "students to become active, caring, lifelong learners
who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity
to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development
of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom." The program curriculum introduced Spanish at each of the three elementary schools this year in addition to a new focus on learning through the IB lens of inquiry.
This month, Mr. Somers Glenn's K-2 classroom at Templeton Elementary spent several weeks focusing on systems. To culminate the International Baccalaureate Unit on
community systems, the class constructed a town that included agriculture (farms and gardens), transportation (roads, busses,
trains, airplanes), waste management (recycling center, landfill), public
education (schools, library, museum), commerce (grocery, stores, offices),
emergency management (fire, police, hospital), and entertainment (theater, zoo,
parks, tennis court, pool). Students created, labeled and made maps of the
town as part of the project. Look for more updates on the IB curriculum as these schools move closer to full IB designation.
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