Hillside uses the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) as its curriculum framework and has been an authorised IB World School since January 2013. The school has completed its first evaluation visit from the IBO in November 2018.
How do children learn at Hillside?
Children at Hillside develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding of concepts through guided inquiry. Classrooms foster curiosity and promote discovery by making learning relevant to the “real world” and challenging for each student. We start from children’s prior knowledge and build on each student’s strengths, experiences, and cultural and linguistic background to support learning. We encourage children to become independent learners and critical and creative thinkers who are empowered to take action.
Class teachers in each year group work as a collaborative team, supported by specialist Mandarin teachers to provide a transdisciplinary curriculum. Children create new understandings by drawing links between and across the traditional subjects.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is made up of three parts:
|What do we want to learn?|
|The Written Curriculum|
|How best will we learn it?|
|The Taught Curriculum|
|How will we know what we have learned?|
|The Assessed Curriculum|
Please CLICK HERE for the Hillside Assessment Policy.
|The curriculum framework consists of five essential elements:|
The knowledge component is developed through inquiries into six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, supported and balanced by six subject areas.
This diagram shows how all of these elements fit together to develop the curriculum framework.
At the heart of the curriculum is the Learner Profile which is a set of attributes that the IBO and Hillside believe are demonstrated by internationally minded people. All members of the Hillside community are encouraged to model these attributes and foster their development in others.