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Koroboro International School

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General Curriculum Overview

Our KoroBoro Curriculum
 

KoroBoro implements the IEA outcomes based curriculum, based on International recognised best practice and is highly respected internationally, and is designed to best meet the needs of internationally minded students. Our curriculum vision is centred around ensuring that every child receives an ambitious and enriched curriculum that sparks wonder and instills their love for learning.

KoroBoro Educational Philosophy

In every school there is a set of beliefs – an educational philosophy – that underpins the way students are educated and what they are expected to learn. The aim of this document is to provide members of the KoroBoro International School community – students, families and staff – with a clear articulation of the School’s philosophy so that all can work in unison to provide the highest quality educational environment.

The School is founded on the fundamental principle of providing a caring, supportive and joyful environment for all members of our community so that they grow as individuals: the well-being of each and every individual is seen as both a personal and a collective responsibility.

We view the understanding of our minds, our bodies and our emotions as a key life skill, fostering the development of our students by tending to both intrapersonal awareness and interpersonal sensitivity in order to create a positive school culture. Our aim is to cultivate genuine happiness. In an increasingly interdependent world, we treat others and the planet with respect, kindness and consideration, helping even in the smallest of ways.

The concept of developing the whole person is deeply embedded in our culture and is encapsulated in our motto, ‘SUCCESS – Being your own best.’ To achieve this aim, the School offers a holistic educational programme that encompasses academics, social and emotional learning and service, outdoor education and activities.

Within an environment of authentic and targeted differentiation, equal emphasis is placed upon mental and emotional balance and academic rigour. Students learn how to learn, analyse, think creatively and reach thoughtful conclusions, making it a demanding programme that encourages students to their highest levels of academic achievement.

Learning from the process is at the heart of the philosophy of experiential learning. We are committed to making learning engaging and meaningful for all. Through experiential education, we purposefully engage in direct inquiry and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, enhance conceptual understanding, develop skills and clarify values. The process engages learners, often in collaborative situations, in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant to them.

An ambitious programme of this kind, that encompasses intellectual, spiritual, and physical challenges cannot be confined to the classroom or, indeed, the school campus. We actively promote outdoor education providing authentic opportunities for our community to bond together as they engage in interdisciplinary experiences, interacting with the world around them.

Through an open-minded and thoughtful approach to education, the school aims to develop international and intercultural understanding. We actively encourage our community to engage in and reflect upon discussions across profound differences – locally, regionally and globally – to develop an appreciation of others perspectives. In so doing they gain an understanding of the diversity that exists within the world but also our common humanity.

By providing opportunities, we encourage our community to extend the boundaries of their experience, embracing new challenges. We ensure that all members of our community experience success, allowing them to flourish and develop their self-confidence. We also understand that failure is a crucial part of the learning experience. In our supportive and caring environment we learn to persevere, developing resilience and a growth mindset.

In preparing our students for their futures, as they grow older they are provided with greater autonomy giving them increased opportunity for negotiation and self-determination. In so doing, we create an environment in which students become self-motivated and develop a positive attitude towards learning.

Our aspiration is that our community will be transformed by their experiences and lead meaningful lives as compassionate citizens taking courageous action in pursuit of peace and a sustainable future.

These are the seven principles which underpin our KoroBoro curriculum;

We know learning is effective when we:

  • Understand the purpose - Learning starts with the why.
  • Inquire - Modelling, provoking, sharing awe and wonderment of the world around us all, through a culture of curiosity. Providing opportunity for planned and unexpected learning.
  • Engage actively - Interacting with and through our learning.
  • Take ownership - Accepting responsibility and empowering engagement through the process.
  • Face appropriate challenges - Supporting a courageous approach to learning, cultivating a growth mindset, differentiating experiences.
  • Receive and offer support and care -Building and being surrounded by an inspiring and compassionate community.
  • Relate experiences to real life - Supporting authentic, contextualised learning.  
  • Build connections - Developing a greater understanding of the interconnectedness between ourselves and the world around us; linking to previous experience and knowledge.
  • Seek feedback - Engaging in self-assessment and with constructive comments towards continued growth and development.
  • Understand thought processes - Valuing and nurturing metacognition and opportunities for creative expression, problem solving and deep thinking.
  • Collaborate effectively - Recognising the strength of constructive cooperation and collaboration.
  • Reflect on the experience - Understanding who we are and how we flourish through reflection and feedback.

GRADE PREP TO GRADE 6 TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teachers plan lessons as a Grade Level to ensure consistency and teachers differentiate learning activities to meet individual student needs accordingly.

Key Learning Area (KLAs)

There are Seven main curriculum areas, some of these subjects are integrated and taught through an inquiry approach to learning.

 The Key Learning Areas in all IEA Schools are:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Science
  • Society and Environment
  • Technology

Teaching and Learning programs are developed from each grade level Prep – Grade 6 to ensure students have quality learning experience all KLAs.