Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of self including beliefs and values, health, human relationships, and our rights and responsibilities as humans.
CIS has designed a transdisciplinary curriculum based on the IB programme that draws together individual subject disciplines into a coherent whole. Our teaching aims to bring together research, knowledge, and experiences to create a curriculum that is relevant, challenging, engaging, and internationally minded. Instruction is in English and Norwegian with support for mother tongue students.
Throughout the Primary Years Programme students will be educated through transdisciplinary units of inquiry. Each year, students will work within six different themes that are universally important. This approach gives students the opportunity to learn important concepts without the restriction of subject boundaries.
Incorporated in these transdisciplinary themes are six further specific areas: language, mathematics, science, social studies, art and personal, social and physical education.
While emphasis on subject disciplines will vary depending on individual units, the coverage of concepts, knowledge, skills, and attitudes is ensured through comprehensive curriculum mapping.
Students at an IBO-school learn through investigation (inquiry). The programme is a student based system that tries to educate children as a whole. The programme focuses on social participation and responsibility, as well as academic skills. The goals of the IBO programme are reflected in The Learner Profile. The Learner Profile is a set of ten attributes that the programme strives to develop in all students.
The programme recognises the student as an active learner, and aims to make the curriculum student-driven through inquiry based teaching and learning. The inquiry cycle, consisting of three phases, follows the individual learner’s active engagement in thinking (inquiry), doing (action) and critical cognition (reflection). Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance.
Approaches to learning (ATL skills) is essential for the MYP programme; research skills, communication skills, social skills, thinking skills, and self-management skills. These skills work together to provide the students with tools that they will continue to use as lifelong learners and as global citizens of the world.
Service as Action is important in all years of the MYP. The goal is for students to take action by applying what they are learning both in the classroom and beyond to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. In MYP year 4, the students complete a long-term community project, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to carry out service as action in the community. This project is student-centered and enables the students to engage in practical explorations through the inquiry cycle.