Through the IBPYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) framework, Chadwick International’s Village School is the start of an exciting educational adventure that helps students develop their strengths, discover their passions and take ownership of their learning.
Chadwick children explore the creative process by diving into play-based experiences that make learning meaningful, purposeful and fun. They learn to think independently, share their ideas, collaborate with their classmates and process critical feedback with confidence.
The Village School Programme of Inquiry (POI) uses the following overarching themes to guide each grade level’s curriculum:
1. WHO WE ARE
A look into the nature of the self and what it means to be human.
2. WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME
The interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations from local and global perspectives.
3. HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES
Exploring how we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values.
4. HOW THE WORLD WORKS
Examining the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment.
5. HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES
How human made systems and communities are interconnected.
6. SHARING THE PLANET
Weighing rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources; peace and conflict resolution.
In Chadwick’s Early Years program, teachers emphasize language learning by fostering children’s listening and speaking skills. Once those skills are developed, students engage in learning the written language.
Through Village School programs, the students take ownership of their academic experience and they build confidence and leadership skills.
Village School Teacher
Students actively participate in deciding how they will learn, leveraging the knowledge and skills learned from different subjects.
Students inquire through provocations, questions, and problems posed that provide an opportunity to develop these skills.
- Self-management skills:
We learn how to set goals and organize ourselves.
We learn how to take care of ourselves and take responsible
- Social skills:
We learn how to care for others.
We cooperate, compromise, and listen in order to make
decisions in a peaceful way.
- Research skills:
We ask questions.
We plan, observe, collect, organize and interpret data.
- Communication skills:
We listen, speak, read and write for a variety of purposes.
We present our message to an audience effectively.
We communicate our thinking clearly and effectively.
- Thinking skills:
We acquire knowledge through listening, observing and reading.
We compare and contrast information to evaluate and make
We create, design and invent.
Grade 5 culminates with an in-depth exhibition project where students choose an issue they’re drawn to, examine current local and global perspectives, and work toward inciting change. The students receive guidance and encouragement when selecting the topics that range from animal rights to global warming. For seven weeks, students work through these real-life issues by researching and collaborating with peers and teacher mentors. They then synthesize their research into suggestions for future actions. Their final presentation is an opportunity to share their realizations with their peers and teachers, and gain confidence in public speaking. Feedback focuses on collaborative work ethic, depth of research and communication skills.