When I first came to Shenzhen in 2011 the popular slogan caught my attention: "You are a Shenzhener as soon as you get here". Frankly, as much as I wanted to make this new place my home, for years I still felt like an outsider. I had a family, friends, and acquaintances, but no sense of belonging.
Primary Years Programme
The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)
The PYP offers the framework for learning at Shenwai Longgang International School. The PYP offers a trans-disciplinary approach, which draws individual disciplines together into a coherent whole, while preserving the essence of each subject. SLIS provide a rigorous continuum for learning across and throughout the students learning journey.
At the heart of the PYP philosophy is a commitment to inquiry as the ideal vehicle for learning. Teachers and students are guided by a series of basic questions as they design curricular units for exploration and study. Throughout the units of study, each student will:
- Develop a deep understanding of important concepts
- Conduct research into knowledge that has local and global significance
- Acquire and practise a range of essential skills
- Develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment, and other people
- Have the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and social service
The Programme of Inquiry (POI) is an outline of all of the Units of Inquiry that each grade level completes throughout the school year. Units of Inquiry are planned at each grade level and are often integrated with subject specialist teachers. You can see SLIS Programme of Inquiry by clicking here.The student’s progress throughout the curriculum is documented in a reflective portfolio that outlines student achievement and accomplishments. Students and teachers collaborate on selections for the portfolio, which also facilitates transfer between schools offering the PYP. Grade 5 students, as the culmination of their PYP experience at SLIS, participate in the Exhibition. Their teachers guide them as they work on small group inquiry projects that require them to synthesise and apply their learning in a meaningful context. (Adapted from: www.ibo.org, iss.edu.sg)
Shenwai Longgang International School has been an IB PYP candidate school since March 2018.