Our Learning Approach
At ISL we believe in an inquiry-based approach to learning and we encourage children to explore their learning and develop their critical thinking skills through deep questioning and sustained shared thinking. We personalise learning for each child and wherever possible, embed learning in real world experiences so that learning is deeper and contextualised.
Our goal in the PYP is to create happy engaged learners in every aspect of their school life, from the academic, arts and sports, through to the social and after-school activities. Our dynamic, inquiry-based, student-centred learning environment supports students to make connections between their existing knowledge and new learning in order to understand how the world works. We aim to support students to become confident, caring, internationally-minded communicators and lifelong learners. Students are actively engaged in the learning process, asking questions and reflecting on their own skills and understandings in order to achieve their learning goals.
At ISL we are proud of the exciting and challenging learning environment we provide for students in grades 6 – 10. We place tremendous emphasis on the individual, and encourage a strong sense of international mindedness. We support all students with their diverse learning needs and are committed to both English language and mother-tongue language development.
The academic curriculum and pastoral support are designed to provide a seamless opportunity for middle school students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for successful entry into the next stage of their education.
Teams of teachers and administrators work together to provide the expertise and support needed to help each student fulfill their potential. Heads of Department oversee the development and delivery of the curriculum while subject teachers provide the social and emotional support essential for student well-being and achievement. A focus on higher-order thinking skills gives students opportunities to develop a growing awareness of themselves and others, as they explore real-world issues.
The opportunities offered to our students are wide-ranging, and because of the demands made on their time, students also gain skills in time management and self-organisation and learn the importance of commitment. In addition, they build leadership and social skills as well as an understanding of group dynamics.
As part of the Diploma course, students complete ‘core element’ studies of a university-level research paper and critical analysis of the nature of knowledge. They’re also encouraged to push back their individual frontiers with creativity, action and service activities.
The focus is on critical, reflective and holistic thinking, collaborative working, individual initiative, personal organisation and planning. Recent surveys have shown that universities value these skills very highly.