Admission Inquiry 2020-21

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PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP)

For the students to be dedicated in their learning, and confident in their logic, they require an establishment of a strong foundation in the early years of their life. Primary Years Programme is for students from Pre-nursery to Grade V.

The ORCHIDS Global Learning Academy’s approach to the Primary Years Programme is a process called Guided Inquiry-Based Learning.  The basic concept is that students are taught to “learn how to learn”. Instead of having a set of facts that we need to teach each student, we show students how to be inquirers.  In other words, the student and the teacher approach a question and seek to answer the question together. Through this method students are taught to use different techniques and research methods to answer real life problems. Of course, facts are also taught through this method, but students understand them better because they are seeing how to use these facts in a practical way.  

To ensure that students gain the same basic facts as other children, we use a framework of six questions which equate to traditional school subjects.  Each question becomes what we call a ‘Unit Of Inquiry’ (UOI). Each UOI lasts about six weeks and students are assessed at various points in the UOI to make sure they are understanding the material.

PYP Question
Who are we?
Where are we in place and time?
How do we express ourselves?
How does the world work?
How do we organize ourselves?
How can we share the planet?
Traditional Subject
Biology, Psychology
History, Geography
Language, Arts, Literature
Physics, Maths
Civics, Sociology, Political Science
Environmental Systems, Diplomacy

As you can see the six questions allow us to teach the entire syllabus of subjects taught at CBSE, State Board or IGCSE schools.  The difference is that students understand how to use the knowledge in practical ways.

This process of Guided Inquiry-Based Learning was pioneered at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. It is rooted in a thought process we call the Inquiry Cycle.  


Inquiry

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Tuning In:  We start each UOI with an activity to get the students excited about the subject matter.  We try to make each UOI about a real world problem or occurrence. This gives makes the subject matter more relevant, or meaningful to the student.

Finding Out:  Because we have posed a question to the students, they are then required to do research to find out information to answer the question or to solve the problem.  Students do research on their own or in groups.

Sorting Out:  After students have completed their research we gather as a class to discuss what we have found out.  Using techniques like Mind-Mapping, we gather all the information found in one place and discuss it as a class.  We then start to discuss if the information answers the question or provides a solution. We then further refine the question to better guide our research.

Going Further:  Students again research the refined question and start looking for ways to enhance their answer or solution.

Making Conclusions:  We again gather as a class to discuss our findings.  Students make individual or group presentations detailing their answer to the question or their solution.  

Taking Action:  If the question posed was a problem, students then implement their solution and see how well it works.  All students then reflect on their answers. How well do the answers fit the question? How could they have done better?  In what ways did they do good work? Students are encouraged to reflect on their own work and to provide feedback to their peers.

Through the use of Guided Inquiry-Based Learning OGLA students will be well prepared to meet the academic rigour, research-based Middle Years Programme.