Passion, interest and wellbeing is at the heart of the Island School’s curriculum so said Principal Chris Binge at an introduction session attended by visiting principals and curriculum leaders.
Mr Binge and colleagues told senior staff from other schools, on 19th Nov, how IS staff and students cope with and react to teaching and learning courses with no barriers. Before going to visit classes to talk to staff and students the visitors heard how Elements courses are created by the teachers themselves – but depending on the interests of the students course content can change direction.
They also heard how Explorations is based around project work with a mixture of students from Years 9-11, culminating in a Global Perspectives IGCSE. This group work is done alongside ICT lessons which lead to IE Awards.
When the visitors were asked what their Elements course would be and what their thoughts on the curriculum are they said;
“In the Discovery Bay context my Elements course would have to be something to do with nature and the environment with kids running around Lantau.”
“What is interesting is that project work is across the years and that there are specific lessons on how to work in a group and students understand how to do this effectively.”
“I think the three hour blocks of teaching are interesting because you can do so much in that time.”
“I am an English Teacher but my Elements course would be dance. Why not!”
Lunch was provided by Elements students
Three short videos were shown at the information day to explain what the different sections include